Those that are WithoutBro. David Chancellor
2/26/2006 6:00 PM
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
We want to have gentle hands when we deal with those that are without. This doesn’t mean we won’t tell them the truth, but that we will handle them as God handles us. “…them that are without…” means those that are strangers to God. Those that are without are held captive by the devil. What should our relationship be to those that are without?
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
This isn’t a very appealing group. The dogs were men-worshippers. Sorcerers were those that desired to be worshipped. A whoremonger is an unfaithful man. Murderers are people who walk around with hate in their hearts. Idolaters are people who worship things. (Americans live in a society of conspicuous consumption - whatever the latest thing is, you “have to have” it.) Those that will settle for something false are also without.
This list takes in everyone with a defiled heart. God cleans us up when he puts us within. What should our relationship be towards those that are without? We’re still in the world with those with defiled hearts. We still have to interact with the world.
1 Corinthians 5:12-13
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
God will put judgment on the world. God moves on people’s conscience when they are doing wrong, and pricks it. If our lives would bring judgment on others, we have to keep ourselves right. We won’t have any impact on the world when we follow the same course. We need to judge ourselves. The world will pick up on your inconsistencies quickly. We have to keep ourselves right. People see what is going on. Watch what you do and what you say.
1 Timothy 3:7
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
“Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without…” Those around us need to give a good report of us. This means that we need to live such that those we deal with will see God in us. We’re concerned about those who are outside of the church. It is needful also for the good of your own soul to have a good report of those that are without. You can have a good report, no matter what your age. Parents will look out for their kids so they (the kids) can keep up a good report.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia, but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
We should have love toward everyone. Within the church, this love is mutual, but those without may not always love you. The world needs to see Christians as the “real thing.” Be honest towards those that are without. Someone will notice when you’re not looking. Be what God has made you.
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
“…Walk in wisdom toward them that are without…” Walk wisely. Filter what you think before you let it out. Don’t be a “gasoline” firefighter. Use a little wisdom. Let your speech be well-seasoned. Take the time to think things over. Be careful what you talk about around the world. Consider the impact of what you say. Think about what they’re observing and hearing from you. We want to say the right thing. Are you putting a roadblock in someone’s way? Maintain a right relationship towards those that are without, that they can see God in you.