Christ Brings Division

Christ Brings Division

 “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!  Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.  For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.  Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Luke 12:49-53, NKJV).

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This may sound strange but it’s true. What fire is Jesus talking about that He wishes was already kindled?

The fire Jesus came to set was the baptism of the Holy Spirit which had already started through repentance preached by John the Baptist. Jesus wishes that this fire were kindled in the hearts of men and He is the only One who baptize with the Holy Spirit which confirmed what John the Baptist had said.

There will be those who are baptized with the Holy Spirit and those who are not and this is why there will be division. There are divisions among families, friends and couples when one of them decides to give his or her life to Jesus Christ. Sometimes, the decision can cause rejection, ostracizing or in some cases, death.

There will be division between the righteous and the unrighteous. The righteous will find it difficult to live with the unrighteous because they are still living contrary to God’s Word even though they know the Truth. The unrighteous will find it hard to be around the righteous because they will think that they are judgmental and that they think they are better than them.

It is important to note that division isn’t something that Jesus wants but as long as there are two sides–those who are of Christ and those who are not, then division will exist because, as it is written, “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous” (Psalm 1:5, King James Version).

I pray that many people will choose Christ no matter what the cost because in the end, this life-changing decision will lead to eternal salvation. As it is written, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many and unto them that look for Him shall He appear a second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28, KJV).