“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Luke 12:51)
This section of scripture reveals a mysterious aspect of Christ. In Luke 12:51 and in Matthew 10:34, Jesus relays a division as causing separation between father, son, daughter, mother and in-laws. There is an understanding of this scripture in its literal sense; that as one comes into relationship with Christ, he/she may no longer be accepted by family members. In this way Christ brings division. There is some truth to this and we have heard of many who have experienced this in their lives. However, these words have been spoken by God to convey Kingdom principles and dealings that relate to all who have been apprehended. The division that Christ speaks of has a more profound spiritual mystery.
So, what is this division that Christ speaks of? To understand this better we need to look at the heart of the message Jesus was relaying. The premise of this section is found in verse 38 and 39: “And he who does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 10:38-39). The original Greek word used for ‘life’ is ‘psuche’ which means soul. The life we are expected to lay down is our soul: our mind, will and emotions. At the heart of what Jesus is teaching us requires an understanding of the dichotomy between soul and spirit. The division that He brings is a division between these tow realms. The soul being the mind, the nature, the will, the character of the carnal man. The word division is plain, it means to part and create disunion.
This is the ultimate desire of God for the body, the bride of Christ: “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:26-27). Christ brings division for the purpose of sanctification – that is to separate us from profane things, to purify us internally and consecrate us to God. This division that Christ brings is also evident in Heb. 4:12: “For the word is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit…” The word or the logos is none other than Christ for it is the same word (logos) that became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Christ is the Word. We can say Christ became flesh and dwelt among us and that the Christ of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the division of soul and spirit. This is the division Christ brings – a division between soul and spirit.
When Christ’s life and nature is reveled in greater measure within us, it exposes the Adamic nature in us. It exposes the will, the nature and desire of the carnal man. One of the manifestations of the carnal mind is the religious church system. But as Christ starts to have preeminence within, religion with its external works, empty rituals and lifeless soul-driven activities becomes exposed for what they are as they start to lose their grip over us. Many ask us why we cut off our assembly in the church system. It’s not because we woke up one morning and decided so, or we were offended by a brother or because we were upset by a few messages, it’s simply because Christ began to purge us, causing this division within us.
Many are now experiencing this greater manifestation of Christ and while our spirit rejoices and marvels at that glorious and wonderful plans of God, the life of His Kingdom manifested within us and His divine revelations, it produced a shaking in our life as God exposed the Adamic nature. It’s no marvel that in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which is the in-working of God to reveal Christ in a many membered body, the beast is also revealed. Light exposes. And what is exposed is exposed for the purpose of destruction. Back in Matthew 10:34 Jesus said: “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” The sword not only divides, it destroys and it is intended for the carnal man. This is the destiny of the Adamic nature and for it there is no peace.
God by His indwelling Christ has started this process in many. And in those in whom this word resonates, the division that Christ brings is to transition us to a higher glory and dimension of life. This spiritual transitioning is from the outer court (our redemption experience) to the Most Holy (our Holy Spirit baptism experience) and finally to the Most Holy (perfection). These dealings of Christ are purposed to transition us into the Most Holy where no priest works, and man is no longer required to offer sacrifices or continually light the candlesticks. Nothing of man is needed but Christ himself.
Glory to God! Christ is bringing division and by His indwelling life is separating us for this quality of life.