"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.' He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it." Matthew 10:34-39
Jesus's stunning words to the world, I did not come to bring "peace on the earth." "Well, I thought Jesus was the prince of peace?" He is, but His Kingdom is not of this world. His peace is not of this world. It is within. It is not by observation that you can see it or get it in the flesh. Yet He has come to bring a sword, and this sword actually brings us peace because it divides us from everything that tries to divide us from God.
It divides us from all ungodliness, all unrighteousness, and brings us peace, joy, and righteousness IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. Not "in the world." God is dividing us from the world. He did not come to save the world as in the kingdoms and planet. He came to save the people in it. Yet not all will be saved because not all will believe. The field is the world, and God sows wheat, and the enemy sows tares. The tares and the wheat grow together until God harvests the wheat and brings it into His barn.
Read Matthew 13:36-43.
It never said the tares and the wheat grow together in the church! God cannot be one with a harlot. The enemy will try to sow tares in the REAL church, but God will divide them. "How can you say that, Brother, God wants unity." Yes, but your unity is false unity. God doesn't just bring unity amongst flesh. He wants unity with Him and in Him. If we don't unify in Christ, our unity is not of God.
What does it look like to be "in Christ"? Jesus said if anyone wants to remain in me, He must drink my blood and eat my flesh. His flesh is His words, and His blood is His sacrifice. So, if we want to remain in unity with Him and the body of Christ, we must continue receiving His word and His blood. This unifies us and keeps us connected to Christ, the head, and Christ, the body.
Many seek unity more than God; the Bible calls for unity but calls for the kingdom type of unity, "The unity of the Spirit." God is Spirit, and those that worship must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
Read John 4:20-24.
These are the two things that unify us, Spirit and Truth. In the Kingdom, we don't try to unify with our own will and agenda, and we don't unify for the sake of unity. We unify because we love the Truth, and we walk after the Spirit. These automatically unify believers. Yet many believers today want to unify all the denominations and religions and put aside all their doctrinal issues to be together in the flesh or in a building. It doesn't work! In the Book of Acts, they were together in one mind, one accord, one Truth, one baptism, one Spirit, and had all things in common. They didn't have different spirits or different truths and doctrines. All their doctrine and truth were the same. This is what brought great unity and outpouring! How can two walk together lest they agree? What agreement does Christ have with the temple of idols? These two need to be divided. Flesh and Spirit. The things of the world and the things of God.
Read Philippians 2:1-4.
Yet religion has a worldly mindset that if they gather together in the flesh, God will move. Yet if you saw them all in the Spirit, you would see different agendas, different doctrines, and other spirits calling themselves the Holy Spirit. This is not unity, and when you do that unity, it may feel good for a moment because it looks right, yet God is not pleased. Then they say you are bringing division because you speak truth or obey God. Yet actually, they are bringing the division like Korah did to Moses and coming against God's ways and Kingdom, coming against God's Word and Spirit. The false prophets, the false teachers, the false ministers, and goats are actually the ones bringing the division because they coming against the vision, and the vision is the image of God with us and inside of us.
"For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you." 1 Corinthians 11:18-19
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." Romans 16:17
Even Paul recognized what real division looked like. It's the spots in our feast. Those who preach and teach contrary to the words that come out of God's mouth. It's the stale bread that comes from the devil's ministers who dress as ministers of righteousness that they would make you think you are walking like Christ, but you are walking like the world. They deceive you through lack of knowledge that you would not come unto the fullness of the knowledge of God. This is why the knowledge of God is so important and must be protected at all costs. It says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Not the knowledge of the world but the knowledge of God, the Word of God that shapes us and forms us into the image of God. So that the creation would become the creation that its creator meant it to be.
Anything contrary to that causes division in the body and causes the body to no longer submit to the head, which is Christ. Just as "Korah" caused division and got many Israelites to rebel with him against God's order. This is why God brings division, and this is how He protects us. That we would not be conformed to the "image of the beast." Who is the beast? It is your flesh. People say Satan is the beast, but really, it's your flesh and how your flesh wants to walk because the only way Satan can even be empowered is through you worshiping yourself and feeding your flesh.
The funny thing is that the people who are telling those who are obeying God that they are causing the division are actually the ones who are causing the division and coming against God. Not only that, usually there's an even a worse type of division happening on the inside of them. Jealousy, bitterness, and so on that they never cease feeding which gets them to walk in the way of Cain who caused division and even killed his own brother. Jealousy and “greediness” say the Book of Jude, and Jude also says that Korah came against Moses because of his gainsaying, because really Korah wasn’t trying to make everybody equal under God. He is the one who was jealous and wanted the power and position that Moses had. He sought gain out of his own lust. These things, works of the flesh, aside from doctrines and teachings, also cause demonic division. Many come against those who God has exalted and say they are causing the division. Meanwhile, the jealousy and self-will within them is the cause. So what if God speaks truth and people divide over it? That means that truth is doing what it was sent to do and dividing those who love the truth and those who don't.
The devil divides and God divides. What we need to pray against is division from the devil through doctrines, teachings, spirits, carnality, and works of the flesh. Yet we should NOT be praying against the division that God does or else we are praying against God. We pray for those who come against us and we pray for those that separate and divide themselves because of their hate for the truth. People pray for those types of people to come back and be in unity but what you should be praying to happen first before that is that they come into unity with and return back to the truth. Without truth, without Him, you will not genuinely be one together.
People wonder why Christianity is so divided, with hundreds of denominations. Yet it’s because God will not have a Bride who plays the Harlot. He will not have a church that acts like the world. Just because they are Christian does not mean they are His. So, He divides them like He did to those who built the Tower of Babel in Genesis, trying to make it reach unto heaven. Yet the problem is they do it without God and that’s what religion does. They do things of God without God. No flesh will glorify themselves and call themselves the Church on God’s green earth unless they are actually His people and live for Him and not the world. God will not let a religious system be His representation on the Earth. That system is of the world and not of God, and because they are of the world, He turns them over to their denominations so that the world would see their deadness. He sets aside those who are divided from the system of religion and calls them His Remnant, not another denomination, not non-denominational. Yet all those who love the truth and truly live for Him at the heart level! This system of Christianity God will keep separate from His real people. As God rightly divides truth, He will divide those who are playing games with God from those that actually want Him and live for Him.
In Genesis, the people of Babylon tried to unify and come together “lest they be divided.” They tried to prevent division. Yet God saw what they were doing, that they were coming into unity without Him and making a way to heaven without Him, and He came down and divided them.
Read Genesis 11.
You might think, "Well, how selfish of God." That wasn't selfish, Beloved, it was love! Because there is another god in this world and his name is "Satan," and he will surely claim them without permission, those people as his own, and take them into everlasting fire if they never find God. When you find false unity, you might think, "Well, who needs God, then?" Yet one day, you will die, and the bottomless pit will put an end to your false unity, and you will need God because everlasting life is to know Him.
Yet God wants to unify us in Him because He gives life and life more abundantly. Why would we not want to be one with Him? We are missing out on the greatest being ever who made heaven and earth! Who made you to be His that He would be a father to you! Your parents, who being evil, gave you good gifts. How much more will God give and take care of you?
This is the goal: to come unto the unity of the faith and the full stature of Christ unto a perfect man.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the Truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:11-16
If this is the goal, then we have to make sure no one or nothing gets in the way of this. So, God has to divide doctrines, things, and people away from His bride that He can build it up without spot or blemish. The spots and blemishes are false doctrines and false teachers, and God is cutting them off. God has to divide to unify. In the Kingdom, division brings unity. God brings division to unity, and He brings unity through division. God divides out all those things and all those who will keep us from Him and what He has for us and unify all those things and all those people that bring us closer to Him.
The devil actually hates division from God because He wants the sheep and the goats to be together. That way, He can overtake the sheep from the shepherd through goats. Yet in God's real church, He will not have that. He will have a church where the gates of hell will not prevail against it. So that means He has to remove hell from out of His church. He has to divide asunder soul from Spirit! The flesh is at enmity with the Spirit, so anything or anyone that exalts flesh, God opens His mouth and lets the sword devour it, that it would not devour His people.
Everybody is looking for unity, but few are looking for God. Yet all those who are looking for God will be unified in Him. Not just in His name, not just by His fleshy man that walked the earth, yet by His Truth and His Spirit. Anything that comes against those two things will be removed by God.
Is God a bad guy because He brings division? No, His division is protection! Protecting His sheep, His Word, His Spirit. Is that bad? Don't you keep certain people and things away from your children for the sake of their safety? So why can't God do the same for His children? It’s because we want to obey the second commandment to love others without obeying the first commandment, which is to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul.
Yet religion wants to just love their neighbor and let that be their end all and be all to their walk with God. They call this "love." Yet God IS love! So how can you really love without God? It's impossible to love others without the source of love, which is God, and the only way you can have a love of God in you is by loving Him. He said, "If you love me, you will obey me!" It also says, "By this, you know that you love the children of God, because you love God and obey His commands."
When you love God and obey Him, you are releasing love on the earth. His word is love. His Spirit is love, and to obey those two things is to worship Him, is to love him, is to love them, your neighbor, according to the Bible. God is the only thing that is best for them, so why not be a vessel for your brother and sister that you would always leave them with the best thing inside of you, which is Him who is real love?
Yet religion wants to give cheap love with a bunch of fake smiles and pretend words and a whole lot of compromise. Rebuke is love, and the Bible says an open rebuke is better than hidden love. Religious people always come against those who bring rebuke and correction to the church. They say, "Jesus doesn't beat His bride." If you feel like Jesus is beating you with the Truth, then that shows that you don't love the Truth! Only those who love the Truth can endure this and have Him. All Truth leads to the Father. So really, to love Truth at the end of the day means you will love Him.
Thessalonians says, "and for this reason, God will turn them over to a strong delusion that they would be damned because they love not the truth." It's those that love not the Truth that are bringing division to the church. Not those who are speaking Truth! Those who are speaking Truth are bringing us closer to the Truth that we would be closer to Him. They are bringing us into true unity because unity is not about man. It's about God and us being one with Him, and without Him is false unity. We don't just gather because we all chose Christianity. We gather because we love the Truth, and we follow His Spirit, and even though we don't know each other, we know each other in Spirit because we have the same Spirit. We have the same mind. This is unity!
When a branch stops producing fruit and starts producing thorns and thistles, God has to cut it off and divide from the tree that the other branches would not be harmed. This is protection. This is true unity. God is bringing "The Sword," and that sword is the sword of the Spirit, but it is really the sword of Truth because the Spirit is here to bring us Truth and show us all Truth. The Truth will divide. It divides households, people, kindreds, and nations. Yet it will unify all those from every nation, every kindred and tongue who want to be unified with God. This sword divides. This sword unifies. Which side of the sword are you on? This sword is double-edged. There are two sides: Truth or lies. The two sides will be divided and to choose the side of Truth is to choose God because all Truth comes from God and is revealed by God. This is the Sword of Division, and it will divide Truth from lies, sheep from goats, kingdom from Kingdom, flesh from Spirit. This sword is meant to divide the world because the world does not want to know God. Yet all those who come out of the world will be set apart and become one together in Him. Unity is for those who love Him, and for the children of God, this sword is a sword of unity.
By Joe Pinto
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