“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34)
The word of God is the sword of the Spirit that Christ brought to this earth. Light came to confront darkness. The battle lines between good and evil were drawn. The gospel of the kingdom was delivered by the Living Word of God to reveal the hearts of men.
“And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, ‘Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed — and a sword will pierce even your own soul — to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.'” (Luke 2:34-35)
The thoughts of the hearts of men are revealed by the Light who came into the world. Those whose deeds are evil reject the Light and remain in darkness. For them Jesus is a sign to be opposed. Those who practice truth come into the light, and our deeds are revealed to be the work of God in us. (John 3:!9-21)
We are called to conduct our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. When we are standing firm in one spirit, and striving together for the faith of the gospel, we will be opposed. This too is a sign of God. A sign of their destruction and of our salvation. (Philippians 1:27-28)
As children of God we suffer opposition as we proclaim faith in the gospel of Christ. It should not be a surprise or something that alarms you. “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,…” (Philippians 1:29)
Father, You have given us signs to strengthen our souls that we might boldly declare the gospel of your Son. Your word has enabled us to understand the world we live in. We are no longer blind to, or confused by, the responses to Your kingdom message. Grant us opportunity to witness to those who will receive Your Son, Jesus. This we ask in His name. Thank You for saving us.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus..” (Philippians 1:6)