The Divine Life Causes a Division (2)

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(Continued)

Bible Verses

John 8:43 Why do you not understand My speaking? It is because you cannot hear My word. (44) You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks it out of his own possessions; for he is a liar and the father of it.

Consider this

 The unbelievers, who live by the life of Satan, are in another realm, another kingdom  [from that of the believers]  . This means that they are in the reality of the satanic kingdom. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan certainly do not agree but are contrary to each other. Hence, there is a struggle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, and this struggle causes division.

In Luke 12:52 the Lord continues, "From now on there will be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three." This kind of division has taken place again and again throughout the last nineteen centuries. The kind of division described here is not pleasant, for it is due to the struggle between two lives, the divine life and the satanic life. We have seen from 12:51-53 that there will be division caused by the satanic life in the unbelievers struggling against the divine life in the believers. We have pointed out that this is a conflict between the satanic kingdom and the kingdom of God.

Now that we understand the thought conveyed in these verses, we should not do anything to start a war in our family. We should never go to those in our family and say, "I have the divine life, but you don't have this life. Because I have the divine life, there will be war between me and you. Even though I don't want to be against you, you will be against me." To say something like this would be very foolish. Instead of doing anything to provoke conflict with our family, we should live a life that is humble, peaceful, and submissive, and allow the Lord to work in the situation.

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The Divine Life Causes a Division (1)

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Bible Verses

Luke 12:51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. (52) For from now on there will be five in one house divided, three against two and two against three. 1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the evil one.

Consider this:

Here the Lord asks if the disciples thought that He came to give peace on the earth. In a sense, the Lord did come to give peace. When He came, peace came, for He brought peace to mankind. When He was born, the multitude of the heavenly army praised God and said, "Glory in the highest places to God, and on earth peace among men of His good pleasure" (2:14). Hence, the coming of the Savior rendered glory to God in the heavens and brought peace to men on earth. In Ephesians 2:14 Paul even says that Christ is our peace. But, in another sense, the Lord did not come to give peace but rather division.

The Lord spoke a similar word in Matthew 10:34: "Do not suppose that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." The whole earth is under Satan's usurpation (1 John 5:19). The Lord Jesus came to call some out from his usurpation. This certainly arouses Satan's opposition, and he instigates the ones under his usurpation to fight against those called by the Lord. To be sure, the Lord's coming did not bring peace but a sword.

The conflict between the satanic life and the divine life is actually a warfare between the kingdom of Satan and the kingdom of God. A kingdom is a matter of life; that is, a certain kind of kingdom has a certain kind of life. For example, we may speak of the vegetable kingdom. The vegetable kingdom depends on the vegetable life. In the same principle, the human kingdom depends on the human life, and the kingdom of God depends on the life of God. Since we have the life of God, we have the reality of the kingdom of God, and we are in this reality.  [Continued tomorrow] 

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A Warning concerning Covetousness

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Bible Verses

Luke 12:13 And someone out of the crowd said to Him, Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me. (14) But He said to him, Man, who appointed Me a judge or a divider over you? (15) And He said to them, Watch and guard yourself from all covetousness, for no one's life is in the abundance of his possessions. (16) And He told them a parable, saying, The land of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly. (18) And he said, I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and I will gather there all my wheat and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; rest, eat, drink, be merry. (20) But God said to him, Foolish one, this night they are requiring your soul from you; and the things which you have prepared, whose will they be? (21) So is he who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.

Consider this:

In 12:13-34 the Lord gives His disciples another kind of warning, the warning concerning covetousness. Luke 12:13 says, "And someone out of the crowd said to Him, Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." The Lord took this as an opportunity to warn the disciples about covetousness. First the Lord said to the one who requested that He tell the brother to divide the inheritance with him, "Man, who appointed Me a judge or a divider over you?" (v. 14). Then He went on to say to His disciples, "Take heed and guard yourself from all covetousness; for no one's life is in the abundance of his possessions" (v. 15). Then the Lord told them the parable recorded in verses 16 through 21.

If we are in the jubilee, participating in the New Testament inheritance of the Triune God, we need to beware of coveting earthly possessions. Our life in God does not depend upon such possessions. It may be better for us to dispose of our material possessions. In verse 33 the Lord says, "Sell your possessions and give alms; make for yourselves purses which do not become old, an unfailing treasure in the heavens, where a thief does not come near nor even a moth corrupts." The point here is that as we are participating in the New Testament jubilee, we should not hold on to material possessions as an earthly treasure. We need to lay up treasures for ourselves in the heavens.

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