Christ and Division by John David Harwood
When we look into the teachings of Christ in regards to division of peoples, we see that Christ came to the earth not to unite people but to set those who were lost onto the straight and narrow path.
Christ never said that it would be the easiest route, and I can tell you from my own personal experience that it is not. However, understanding that what we see here on earth is not all that exists is where we find comfort. We find comfort in the fact that by seeking to know Christ and serving Him, we are making our rewards in heaven. Making our rewards in heaven and not on earth should be at the center of our life.
Division is not something that Christ wanted to do in order to create conflict but in order to teach those who have not come to know Him. He wanted to help people understand clearly how the teachings in the Bible were to be used in our every day lives.
Christ was the example for us to follow. He was and is the life, the way, and the truth. There is to be no adding to or taking away from the teachings of Christ (Especially in the Book of Revelation, the conclusion of the “old” world…and our “new” life with Christ as our Father and Teacher), and the Bible warns us about the consequences in taking such action. To know the Bible is to know that God has the best intentions for us at heart, but remember that He disciplines us as a Father disciplines His own son. He will always correct us when we are being led astray and help us to better perceive the world around us when necessary.
Unity is where we begin to walk a fine line of blending religions and Christianity. Christianity is not just any other religion as some would like to think but it is the beginning and the end of all things. Nothing came into being that was not ordained by God. As result of man not understanding God’s law as He intended it to be lived out, He sent his only begotten Son into the world that through Him we might believe. There was no other way to communicate the truth to man except by sending Jesus Christ into the world to be our living example to follow.
If we truly want to know Christ and what His life was like before He began His ministry, we must read the full context of the Bible.
Reading the gospels is great, but in order to better know Him, we must study the entirety of the Bible. There is a reason for every single word that was written. (Key Point: There was a specific time and place for every event that occurred.)
Paying attention to Revelation 14:4 and 2 Timothy 2:22 is key… The more we read, the more we can understand Him and know who He was during His time here on earth. He was perfect, without sin, and put into the world as a living sacrifice for our sin.
But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings…Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives…For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
Hebrews 2:9–10, 14–18
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Genesis 3:22–24 I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have (a Baptism) to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter-in- law, and daughter in law against mother-in- law.” And He was also saying to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.
The multitude therefore answered Him, “We have heard out of the Law that the Christ is to remain forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is the Son of Man?” Jesus therefore said to them, “For a little while longer the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light.”
Timing is Key by John David Harwood
By coming to the conclusion through the wisdom that only comes from the Holy Spirit, we can begin to see how time is all in God’s hands. Every moment and event that occurs in our lives is for a reason. There is a time for pain, doubt, confusion, heartache, joy, perseverance, testing, truth, wisdom, and understanding. The list goes on and on.
It is life, and at many times, it is so hard to make sense of everything. But knowing that it is all out of our control is where we gain understanding. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through me.” This is an absolute truth that goes into a deeper understanding of our purpose in this life.
To understand that there is so more to life than what we see on earth is to grasp understanding of the events that take place both good and bad. To believe is to understand that no matter what happens, God is always in control. We make choices, and choices have consequences. Are the choices that we make those of the flesh, or are they of the Spirit of truth? If the Holy Spirit abides in us, we are no longer drawn into ways of sin and led into temptation. We are of a new mindset. It is a mindset that is true to us and true to God. Time is of the essence.
There is an appointed time for everything…-……..
(Especially in the end…in order for His justice to be fulfilled and for His Holy Angels to do away with all deceit and evil…) And there is a time for every event under heaven… He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11
But would that God might speak, And open His lips against you, And show you the secrets of wisdom! For sound wisdom has two sides. Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity. “Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? They are as high as the heavens, what can you do?
With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding…He reveals mysteries from the darkness, And brings the deep darkness into light.
Job 12:13, 22
I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country to Ephesus, and found some disciples, and he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus. And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Now it came about when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also was baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.
THE NIGHT CANDLE
THE TEACHER LED me outside his living quarters to a terrace where we sat down by a table. On the table was a lit candle. The sky began to darken.
“When we first sat down,” he said, “the sun was still shining, even on the candle. The light of the candle blended in with the light of the day. The two lights were in harmony. But then what happened?”
“It grew dark,” I said.
“So now the light of the candle was no longer in harmony with its surroundings. It no longer blended in. As the sky darkened, the candle stood out more and more dramatically. It was not the candle that changed, but everything around it. So now it was shining in marked contrast to its surroundings and against the darkness.”
“And what does this reveal?” I asked.
“The candle in the day,” he said, “represents the believer who shines in the midst of a Christian civilization. Its light blends in with the surrounding culture. The culture is in harmony with the light, at least on the outside, and appears to support it. But the candle in the night represents the believer who shines in the midst of a post-Christian civilization, an apostate civilization, an anti-Christian, anti-biblical, anti-God civilization.
Now the cultural supports and the external props are removed. The light of the Gospel is no longer in harmony with the surrounding culture. The surrounding culture now stands increasingly in opposition to the light. The light cannot blend in. It must now increasingly stand out in contrast to its surroundings, and increasingly shine against the flow. So if you had a choice, which candle would you rather be, the candle of the day or the candle of the night?”
“The candle of the day.”
“But it is the candle of the night that changes the world. The candle that shines in the daylight can hardly be seen. But the candle that shines in the darkness can be seen miles away. It is at the very time when it’s hardest to shine the light, that it is most crucial that you do. It is then that the light is most needed. And that is when the light becomes its most powerful. So never fear the darkness. You’re a light. Shine into it, especially into the night . . . and you’ll light up the world.”
The Mission: Live today as a candle in the night. Don’t fear the darkness or be intimidated by it. But shine all the more brightly against the night.
Matthew 5:14–16; 13:43; John 1:5; Philippians 2:15; 1 Peter 4:14
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l