Emanna for 03/26/2018
The Divine Life Causing a Division (1)
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. Words of Ministry
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.
(c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 255-256. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 1/23/01) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org