The Gospel Of Division—Luke 12.49-53

INTRODUCTION

 

49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Luke 12:49–53)

 

Not since the Civil War, it seems, has our nation ever been so divided. What’s behind it? The answer has to do with a shift from a Judeo-Christian worldview to a secular worldview. 

 

Most Americans once had a worldview that was so strongly influenced by Christianity that, even if they were not true Christians, Christian morals and values dominated their thinking. Now, that has changed. Even people who say that they are Christians are strongly influenced by secular thinking. 

 

This shift has been gradually happening for decades and has reached a fever-pitch in these most recent years. It occurred to me that, if there was no biblical Christianity, our nation would not be divided—at least not about the issues like abortion and homosexual marriage. 

 

This is because Christianity is God’s truth and the world is opposed to God’s truth. People—left to themselves—will always gravitate away from God’s truth. 

 

But when they are confronted with the gospel, and they receive it, they have to walk away from the world’s way of thinking. There’s a division of the old life and the new life. There’s a division of the old way of thinking and God’s way of thinking.

 

This primary division that the gospel makes regarding salvation has a ripple effect in our lives. It changes and determines what our basic morals are. No one who truly has accepted the gospel can honestly come to any conclusion about sexual morals and abortion, for instance, other than sex is to be reserved for marriage between a man and a woman and abortion is murder. 

 

If you are a true Christian, the gospel is a great divide in your life. We see Jesus explain this division in this passage in Luke.

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To Whom Much Is Given—Luke 12:41-48

INTRODUCTION

 

41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:41–48)

 

In previous passage, Luke 12:35-40, Jesus told a parable concerning the servants who were alert and ready when their master returned—even if it was in the middle of the night. The lesson for the listeners was “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning” (Luke 12:35). Be ready!

 

Peter listens carefully to the parable, but has a question:

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Gladys Aylward: Following God’s Call To China

INTRODUCTION

 

I am a big believer in Christian biography. I think it is helpful and important for us to read about the Christians who have gone before us. It’s not so that we can copy them word for word, but so that we can be inspired by their walk with the Lord Jesus. So now we look at a woman who, despite a lack of education or financial wealth, followed God’s calling to China.

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Redemption And Forgiveness According To God’s Rich Grace—Ephesians 1:7

REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD

 

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 

 

What does “redemption” mean? The word has to do with slavery in the Roman Empire. During New Testament times, the Roman Empire had as many as six million slaves (out of something like 50 million people). These were people of all races and social classes…some were captives from war; others were people who had fallen into debt.

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