UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE: When Did Christ Teach ‘Reconciliation?’

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling on gay marriage, I have started hearing people talk about how we have to reconcile with each other.  Worse, I hear people talking about ‘love’ and invoking Christ’s name to defend this lawlessness.  Let me ask you — Christian and skeptic alike — when and where did Christ teach reconciliation between His disciples and the children of Satan?  I have been searching for any such passage; I cannot find it.  However, I have found these:

Matthew 10:34-37   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

34 “Do not think that I came to [a]bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

37 “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.

Now, at first, this may appear to be a contradiction.  Christ is called the ‘Prince of Peace.’  But we miss to whom He is the Prince of Peace.  Scripture does not say this applies to all men, but to His disciples and to men of good will (with ‘good’ defined — by Scripture — as those who seek to do God’s will).  So Christ is not the Prince of Peace for those who reject God and His Law.  To them, Christ came to cast the fire of God’s judgment on those people.  This is what the reference to the sword is about: not violence, but a Spiritual dividing of God’s people from the children of this world.  Christ is telling us He came to set the light against the darkness, even to the point of setting family members against each other.  But Christ did not just say this once.  He said it twice, and the second time, He told us that this fire should tell us something about where we are in God’s timeline:

Luke 12:49-56   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Christ Divides Men

49 “I [a]have come to cast fire upon the earth; and [b]how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to [c]undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! 51 Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; 52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 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.”

54 And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out. 55 And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but [d]why do you not analyze this present time?

So, if Christ said He came to set even families against each other, then what are we to make of Christ’s commands to love one another?  Well, for one thing, you need to go back and search the Scriptures carefully.  Most times you find Christ saying this, He is talking to His disciples!  Yous see, the children of this world twist Christ’s Word.  They have tried to apply His peace to the entire world, but God’s Word says Christ came to bring peace to His people, not the entire world.  Likewise, the children of this world have claimed the command to love everyone to themselves when — in many cases — that command was given to believers to love other believers.  But there is more.

We are to have love for all people.  This is because we are all made in the image of God.  Christ came into this world to die for all of us — even those who reject Him.  But this is an agape love.  Today, we are told to accept a distorted definition of love, not the agape love Christ told His disciples to have for their neighbors.  We need to understand what the different types of love in Scripture are, what they mean and how they should be applied in our lives.  Even then, you must understand that, to claim Christ, you must do more than say you believe in Him.  The demons believe in Jesus, but this will not cover them with the Blood of Christ.

If you want God’s wrath to pass over you on Judgment Day, you must have the Blood of Christ over your doorway; you must have your garments washed white by His blood.  If you want this, you must do more than just claim you believe in Jesus; you must surrender your life to Him and make Him the Lord of your life.  You must invite Him into your heart and let Him change you.  If you do not do this, then you are on dangerous grounds:

Matthew 7:21-23   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Christ said, “If you love Me, keep my commands.”  If you do not keep His commands — as He defined them — then Christ calls you ‘lawless.’  If you are lawless, then Christ does not know you.  When the time comes that even families divide over whether or not they should follow God’s Laws or man’s, this is a sign of the season.  Or, to put it in current terms:

If you are telling people to accept gay marriage, or any sexually immoral practice, even if you claim the name of Christ and command to love each other, you are arguing for lawlessness.  You are walking on that thin and dangerous line between actually knowing Christ and being saved by His blood and putting yourself on His seat and saying in your heart that you are God!

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