Emanna for 03/27/2018
The Divine Life Causing a Division (2)
(RcV) 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.
Words of Ministry
… the unbelievers, who live by the life of Satan, are in
[from that of the believers]
, another kingdom. 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.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 256-257. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.