Jesus, the Sword
There are certain truths in the Bible that are difficult for us to take in, and August’s Message of the Month, “Jesus, the Sword,” tackles one of the biggest: the vital necessity of separation. Perhaps we struggle with this issue because we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of separation. “Jesus, the Sword” provides much-needed clarity on this point.
It is all to easy to view the work of separation as an act of cruelty or indifference rather than what it actually is: an act of deep love. In “Jesus, the Sword,” Martha says, “Sometimes evangelism is separation.” That’s a hard idea to wrap our heads around, but it’s very true.
When a born-again believer comes to know God more deeply as GOD, as the great Father that He is, they also know that He is the only Answer to any crisis, any problem, any life in turmoil. The Holy Spirit is always at work and sees exactly what is needed for lost souls, and more, He knows exactly when it’s needed. Sometimes a word of comfort and encouragement keeps the flickering wick from going out. Sometimes it’s a word of correction. And sometimes the only thing that will enable the lost soul to come through to Jesus is a timely separation, a profound and complete turning over of this person unto God alone. Only Love will let go when asked. Cruelty is standing between the Healer and His patient, preventing the ministrations of Life.
“Then Jesus said, I came into this world for judgment [as a Separator, in order that there may be separation between those who believe on Me and those who reject Me], to make the sightless see and to make those who see become blind.”
John 9:39 AMP
This verse makes absolutely clear that there is great purpose behind separation, and in “Jesus, the Sword,” Martha Kilpatrick offers an unequivocal defense of that purpose. There are consequences to refusing to bow to Jesus Christ as Separator, and not just for those who are lost. Embracing the life-giving work of separation is a matter of life and death for the believer as well. If we are unwilling to follow Jesus wherever He leads, no matter how difficult, then we are not truly disciples.
“Jesus, the Sword” shines a bright light on the purpose of separation in the Church, in the family, and in the heart of the believer. Here is Love unlike anything we’ve ever known and a compassion deeper than we can comprehend. For the sake of our own relationship with the Lord, we dare not miss it!
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