THE DIVISION CHRIST FORETOLD IN LUKE 12:51
In Luke 12:50 the Lord Jesus explained that He was going to the cross for His “death” baptism, and not to David’s throne to reign over the house of Israel. (Luke 1:27-33 ). Peace on earth would be postponed. (Luke 2:14 ).
Instead of peace on earth note Christ’s question and answer in Luke 12:51-53 , “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay, but rather division: for from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.” The question may come to your mind; “how can we reconcile this with Acts 16:31 , “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, ‘and thy house’?” It seems, as we read Acts 16:15 , that all of Lydia’s household were saved when she was. But today all about us we see the unhappy division to which Christ referred in Luke 12:51-53 . Christ has indeed divided families and friends.
In Matthew 25:31-46 we learn that bye and bye the Lord Jesus, as King and Judge here on earth, is going to do some dividing. “Before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divided His sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32 ).
In Luke 16:19 to 31 we read of a great gulf fixed between the poor man in Abraham’s bosom and the rich man in hell, “so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”
TWO MEN AND THE LAMB OF GOD
There was something between the penitent and the impenitent thief on the cross. There was something between Cain and Abel. There was something between the two men who went up to the temple to pray. (Luke 18:10-14 ). The very same thing will be between the unbelievers in eternal conscious perdition and the believers in eternal conscious glory. Between the two thieves was the LAMB of GOD Who beareth away the sin of the world. The blood of the lamb was between Cain and Abel. The blood-sprinkled mercy-seat was between the two men who went up in the temple to pray. (Luke 18:10-14 ).
As we compare the last verses of Revelation 20 with John 3:17-19 , Romans 5:20 , Romans 2:2-11 , and Revelation 21:8 , we learn that sinners are going to eternal conscious perdition because of their sins, as a result of refusing God’s all-sufficient remedy for sins. In John 8:24 we read these words of Christ, “if ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins.”
Think this over: what does it mean to die in your sins? What is the meaning of Proverbs 29:1 , “he that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy?” We might ask also what is the meaning of Hebrews 10:39 , “we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul?”
Inasmuch as the vilest sinner on earth can be saved by Grace through the Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, His vicarious death and bodily resurrection, and not only have all of his sins forgiven and forever put away, but stand completely justified in God’s sight (Acts 13:38-39 , Romans 3:24-28 ), we can say the Bible teaches that, in the final analysis, sinners go to perdition because they refuse to receive Christ, fail to appropriate God’s all sufficient perfect remedy for sin and sins. The Lord Jesus suffered for sins once, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18 ). “Having forgiven you all your sins.” (Colossians 2:13 ). “Justified from all things.” (Acts 13:39 ). We read in Colossians 2:9-10 , “In the Lord Jesus dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Ye are full in Him.”
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31 , while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )
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