I Corinthians 4:9 (NKJV) For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
What the Apostle Paul is saying is simply put, when godly people full of the Christ-life are led into death situations, it’s never a private matter. Scripture says we are on display to three different intelligences: angels, devils and humankind. At times you may feel all alone in your struggle, but you are not involved in some secret battle taking place in a dark corner. On the contrary, three realms are watching you with great interest.
Devils are watching you, angels are watching you and people are watching you. And they are all wondering, “How is this servant of God going to respond to his trial?” Are you aware of this powerful truth? What are such spectacle-trials all about? Why must we go through these deaths?
What is in us that God is after? Our heavenly Father knows that certain unredeemed areas in our lives hinder the full manifestation of Christ’s life in us. The Lord knows our stumbling blocks, our fears, our ambitions, our lusts, everything that blocks a full shining forth of Jesus. So our God allows us to be put into “death situations” to rid our hearts of these hindrances.
If your hindrance is a fear of man, God may lead someone into your life whose presence paralyzes you with fear. Everything that person says or does adds to your fear, until it becomes unbearable. Your cry to Him may be, “Lord, get me out of this!” But God responds, “No I’m going to let death do its work. I have arranged all of this so the life of Jesus might be manifest in you!” Just some Spiritual food to ponder family of God, love you all!
For His Kingdom,