Some Real Christian Science
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?
This question may be answered in two entirely different ways, both of which drive the same sharp, spiritual point. One answer would be: “no.” That is basic biology. The Ethiopian cannot change his skin and the leopard cannot change his spots. Another answer would be: “it would not make any basic difference.” Even if the Ethiopian could change his skin, he would still be an Ethiopian. Even if the leopard could change his spots, he would still be a leopard. The outward change would not affect the inward nature.
I remember meeting a Mr. Jones some time ago. He was seated at a table, eating a hearty meal with apparent relish. I joined a crowd of folks watching him with awe and admiration. For “Mr. Jones” was a chimpanzee in a city zoo. How human he seemed, seated there at that dinner table. As I watched, a strange thought came into my mind… did “Mr. Jones” think by any stretch of “monkey business” that he was anything other than a chimpanzee because he outwardly acted human?
The Ethiopian… the leopard… “Mr. Jones”; the outward appearance and the true inner nature… Oh! How clearly they all point alike to that great “biological” statement of Jesus Christ: “Ye must be born again.” John 3:7. They direct to that word of Peter declaring the absolute need of becoming “partakers of the divine nature.” II Peter 1:4. The Apostle Paul, too, was spiritually “scientific” when he asserted, “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” II Corinthians 5:17.
Just there is the decisive difference between all religions of man and the single, heavenly Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7. Man is lost when he is endeavoring to encourage the exterior; even though he gaze upon it through the lens of religion!
That creed of yours, my reader, if it be cool to Christ and blind to His Blood and scornful of His words... that religion is entirely engaged in the empty business of “re-skinning Ethiopians,” of “de-spotting leopards,” of “humanizing Mr. Joneses.” But alas! all of it wastes into the grave and beyond that into the dread “blackness of darkness for ever.” Jude 13.
How different this single, Heavenly Gospel of Jesus Christ. And with a difference that is meant to make all the difference for your soul in eternity! “Christ died for our sins” I Corinthians 15:3, not for our spots. This Man of Calvary, (I Peter 1:19; 2:24), is vitally concerned about a blood washing within – never a mere whitewashing without! Never outward reformation, but inward regeneration. Never a plaster for the outside, but pardon for the inside. Oh! be not fooled: face your deep need of “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21