Posts Tagged ‘Jesus came to bring a sword’

Jesus Came to Bring a Sword

January 11, 2015

Matthew 10:34 AMP
34 Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

The sword of the Spirit = the Word of God divides

Luke 12:51 AMP
51 Do you suppose that I have come to give peace upon earth? No, I say to you, but rather division;

Ephesians 6:17 AMP
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 AMP
12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

By the sword, the word of God, His truth
==> His people are set apart and made one{have unity}

[Jesus prays]They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. -Jn 17:16-17

[Jesus prays]And [now] I am no more in the world, but these are [still] in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep in Your Name [in the knowledge of Yourself] those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We [are one]. -Jn 17:11

John 18:37 AMP
37 Pilate said to Him, Then You are a King? Jesus answered, You say it! [You speak correctly!] For I am a King. [Certainly I am a King!] This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice.

Separation from evil is necessary to have unity with the Truth!

[Jesus prays]I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. -Jn 17:15

1 John 2:3-5 AMP
3 And this is how we may discern [daily, by experience] that we are coming to know Him [to perceive, recognize, understand, and become better acquainted with Him]: if we keep (bear in mind, observe, practice) His teachings (precepts, commandments).
4 Whoever says, I know Him [I perceive, recognize, understand, and am acquainted with Him] but fails to keep and obey His commandments (teachings) is a liar, and the Truth [of the Gospel] is not in him.
5 But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him …



Jesus says-Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth-I have not come to bring peace-but a sword

Separation from evil is necessary to have unity with theTruth! Jesus prays-Father keep&protect them from the evil one

By the sword-The Word of God-His Spirit&Truth
==> The Lord’s people are set apart and made one{have unity}

Compromise or Stand Firm?

September 11, 2013

Is the word of God being compromised for the sake of unity? Or some other noble ideal? Is the ‘whole’ tolerating the compromise of  ’some’ to preserve ‘peace’?

Compromise or Stand Firm?

From Rev Heather Butler
Ever wondered about the word compromise, I have this week, wondering what it really means when we say that if we cant come into agreement then we compromise, all sounds rather amicable and sensible, but, wait a minate, lets look at that word again.

If something has been compromised it means infiltrated by another party you get the picture. So lets split the word up, there are three parts to it, co which equals more than one person, the m in the middle which we will call me and promise. So now there are two people with one promise that has to be watered down and broken, because one wants to honour it and the other wants to change it, so now the promise is compromised.

See how easily the enemy can creep in, its subtle isnt it, we take the word of God just as satan did in the garden, he speaks and says to Eve “did God really say that” giving her the excuse that she wanted to continue in her quest to bite the fruit, the rest is history. That sneaky snake is still at it today, enabling the church to compromise the word of God to fit in with their thoughts rather than what God really thinks.

Its worth being reminded that no matter who we are, the word says what it says, that God is the same yesterday today and forever, he changeth not, like Eve we are offered a compromise. Serious stuff and food for thought. Night God bless everyone.

Proverbs 25:26 AMP … Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.

From NetBible Pr 25:26

  • “to stamp; to tread; to foul by treading [or, by stamping].” BDB 952 s.v. defines it here as a “fountain befouled.” The picture is one of a spring of water where men and beasts gather and muddy it by their trampling in and out of it.
  • “to give way; to move.” This probably refers to the integrity of the righteous being lost – comparing it to moving [off course]. T. T. Perowne writes, “To see a righteous man moved from his steadfastness through fear or favour in the presence of the wicked is as disheartening as to find the stream turbid and defiled at which you were longing to quench your thirst” (Proverbs, 161). But the line may refer to the loss of social standing and position by the righteous due to the plots of the wicked – just as someone muddied the water, someone made the righteous slip from his place.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 NASB … Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

John 14:23 … Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.

From NetBible Jn 14:23

  • keep[5083] = to attend to carefully, take care of, guard

Stand Firm!

Isaiah 7:9 NIV … If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.

From NetBible Is 7:9

  • MSG … If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.
  • the Lord here addresses the entire Davidic family and court. (Verse 4 was addressed to the king.) There is a wordplay in the Hebrew text, designed to draw attention to the alternatives set before the king (cf.1:20). “Believe” (תַאֳמִינוּ, ta’aminu) is a Hiphil form of the verbאָמָן (’aman); “endure” (תֵאָמֵנוּ, te’amenu) is a Niphal form of this same verb.

There are only 2 choices:
Stand firm in your faith and endure

Be careful, keep calm, don’t be afraid or intimidated -Is7:4
Be willing and obedient
Listen to, keep/guard My words -Is1:19;Jn14:23,21

Don’t stand(compromise) and fall

Rebel and be devoured by the sword
From NetBible Is1:19-20

  • The wordplay in the Hebrew draws attention to the options. The people can obey, in which case they will “eat” v. 19 (תֹּאכֵלוּ [to’khelu], Qal active participle of אָכַל) God’s blessing, or they can disobey, in which case they will be devoured (Heb “eaten,” תְּאֻכְּלוּ, [tÿ’ukkÿlu], Qal passive/Pual of אָכַל) by God’s judgment.

Revelation 2:12-17 …     Then to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in *Pergamum write: These are the words of Him Who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword:

13 I know where you live–a place where Satan sits enthroned. [Yet] you are clinging to and holding fast My name, and you did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed (martyred) in your midst–where Satan dwells. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have some people there who are clinging to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to set a trap and a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, [to entice them] to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols and to practice lewdness [giving themselves up to sexual vice]. 15 You also have some who in a similar way are clinging to the teaching of the Nicolaitans [those corrupters of the people] which thing I hate. 16 Repent [then]! Or else I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

17 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.

From NetBible Rev2:12

  • Pergamos[4010] = “height or elevation”
    *from purgos[4444] = watch or high tower
    … and gamos[1062] = marriaae wedding
    —> Pergamum = married to the high tower
For the sake of unity the whole tolerate some and compromise the Word. Perhaps the high tower is unity – unity without truth is an idol and myth!
Stand firm!

It’s better to stand alone with the truth, than to be united in error with the multitude!

Married to the ‘High Tower’