Even your own relatives think you are almost insane

(J. C. Philpot, “The Abiding Comforter” 1858)

“The Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him,
because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.”
John 14:17

The world—that is, the world dead in sin, and the
world dead in profession—men destitute of the life
and power of God—must have something that it can
see. And, as heavenly things can only be seen by
heavenly eyes, they cannot receive the things which
are invisible.

Now this explains why a religion that presents itself
with a degree of beauty and grandeur to the natural
eye will always be received by the world
; while a . . .
heartfelt and
religion will always be rejected.

The world can receive a religion that consists of . . .
rites, and

These are things seen.

Beautiful buildings,
painted windows,
pealing organs,
melodious choirs,
the pomp and parade of an earthly priesthood,
and a whole apparatus of ‘religious ceremony’,
carry with them something that the natural eye can
see and admire. The world receives all this ‘external
religion’ because it is suitable to the natural mind
and intelligible to their reasoning faculties.

But the . . .
divine religion,
which presents no attractions to the outward eye, but
is wrought in the heart by a divine operation—the world
cannot receive this—because it presents nothing that
the natural eye can rest upon with pleasure, or is
adapted to gratify their general idea of what religion
is or should be.

Do not marvel, then, that worldly professors despise a
religion wrought in the soul by the power of God. Do not
be surprised if even your own relatives
think you are
almost insane
, when you speak of the consolations of
the Spirit, or of the teachings of God in your soul. They
cannot receive these things, for they have no experience
of them; and being such as are altogether opposed to
the carnal mind, they reject them with enmity and scorn.



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6 responses to “Even your own relatives think you are almost insane

  1. I’ve stopped marveling. Oh, how I wish they would understand… What is worse than the geographical distance, is this painful chasm. How lost the lost are! I no longer marvel, but I still pray and hope that we shall all be of God’s family! Great post, sister! Blessings!

  2. You are correct in posting this…because the natural world doesn’t understand the things of God nor can they. It is so difficult for those outside of Christ to know how it is that we can face trials and difficulties because of the strength of God…not our own strength. Some of my own family do not know the Lord and yes, they think I am not sane. It does make me sad that they do not know Him! Thank you for sharing this!!!

  3. Trina

    I always feel as if I am in a bigger room than the unbeliever with whom I am talking. This sense was the strongest with my mother before she died. There was a tangible, but invisible wall that she could not sense. I wanted to break down the wall. I felt like she was trying to trap me in a closet.

  4. Great post, Teresa. And Trina, I loved your poignant comment too, about being in a bigger room than an unbeliever.

  5. Teresa

    Thank you everyone, Trina that is such a poignant truth! I want to break down that wall with the people I work with, with family members and sometimes it’s so hard. Realizing it’s God that does the breaking really really helped me understand that in order to comprehend God and His word GOD had to reveal that to me.

  6. Teresa

    I am reminded of this scripture while reading all of your comments. Matthew 16:15-17
    15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

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