A House Divided Against Itself Will Surely Fall

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There are three accounts in the Gospels in which Jesus states that a kingdom divided against itself is laid waste or a house divided cannot stand (Luke 11:17Mark 3:25Matthew 12:25). All three instances of this statement are spoken in response to the Pharisees’ accusation that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of Satan—a blasphemy that Jesus said would not be forgiven them.

Jesus’ argument to the Pharisees was logical: a kingdom that is at cross-purposes with itself will fall. Any household riven by infighting will tear itself apart. Jesus was obviously casting demons out of people. If Jesus was in league with Satan, or if Satan was somehow working through Jesus, it is unlikely that exorcisms would be a priority, because why would Satan cast himself out? Satan has more practical wisdom than to allow his demonic underlings to group themselves into warring factions.

By saying that a house divided cannot stand, Jesus, is illustrating the fact that success relies on congruency. This is something we see in daily life all the time. Whether it is a machine, a sports team, a government party, or one’s own mind, things have to work together if anything is to be accomplished. The Bible says that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8), and Paul appeals to the churches that there be no divisions among the believers (1 Corinthians 1:10). In fact, churches should be unified in their purpose and judgment, avoiding people who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to sound doctrine (Romans 16:17). Christians are not to quarrel but to be unified around a common understanding of truth. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

Abe Lincoln; was elected to Congress in 1847. The Mexican war was going on, and Lincoln opposed the war. His anti-war speeches displeased his political supporters, and he knew they wouldn’t re-elect him.

So at the end of His term in 1849, he returned to Illinois to practice law. Then in 1858, He was nominated by the republican party for Illinois state senator.

Addressing the State convention at Springfield, he gave the first of his memorable speeches.

His huge hands tensely gripped the speaker’s stand, he declared slowly and firmly: “A house divided against its self cannot stand”

He’s talking about the country being divided on the issue of slavery, but where did he get that phrase? He got it from Jesus. And it’s recorded in 3 of the 4 gospels. Matthew 12:25Mark 3:25, and Luke 11:17.

Jesus was being accused of driving out demons in the name of Beelzebub, in which the Pharisees said was the ruler of demons. Beelzebub was one of Satan’s cohorts.

Luke 11:17: Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined and a house divided against itself will fall. if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub.

Jesus brushes their accusation off with logic. They’re accusing him of being in league with the prince of demons because of his power over demons, and He’s saying Satan would not attack his own subjects, then his kingdom would be divided.

We live in a divided country. Certain events bring it together, united we stand, then it fades away to division. We live in this world, a world of division, and change, but we are not of this world.

We are separated from the world, by our belief in the word of God, and It will never change. And it will not fade away. Unity was apparent on the day of Pentecost when the Church was established. Acts 2:1; the apostles were all with one accord in one place. The church is a fellowship of faith, hope, and love that binds believers together.

In Eph. 4:3-6 the NIV translation says: Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit. Just as you were called to one hope when you were called. One Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all. Who is over all and through all and in all.

*It is time for our society to acknowledge a sad truth: America is currently fighting its second Civil War.** **In fact, with the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War.

For that reason, just as the Great War came to be known as World War I once there was World War II, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War.*David Kupelian, the author of “The Snapping Of The American Mind”, is also concerned that we are in a life or death struggle for the future of our culture…*Compared with the shining and vibrant nation it once was, today’s America has become a different country: deeply and angrily divided, unable to deal with crises foreign or domestic, the world’s greatest debtor nation with 50 million people on food stamps, rampant divorce and family breakdown, unprecedented sexual anarchy with 110 million with STDs, almost 60 million abusing alcohol and 70 million taking mood-altering drugs.

On so many levels, America is becoming ever more “bizarro” – diametrically opposed to logic and common sense.*In the end, either the right or the left is going to completely defeat the other side because both sides are attempting to take this country in completely opposite directions. When you examine the core values on the right and the left, you quickly come to the realization that there is not much room for compromise. One side will ultimately emerge victoriously, and the values of the other side will be vanquished. Here is more from Dennis Prager…How are those of us who oppose left-wing nihilism – there is no other word for an ideology that holds Western civilization and America’s core values in contempt – supposed to unite with “educators” who instruct elementary school teachers to cease calling their students “boys” and “girls” because that implies gender identity?

With English departments that don’t require reading Shakespeare in order to receive a degree in English? With those who regard virtually every war, America has fought as imperialist and immoral? With those who regard the free market as a form of oppression? With those who want the state to control as much of American life as possible? With those who repeatedly tell America and its black minority that the greatest problems afflicting black Americans are caused by white racism, “white privilege” and “systemic racism”?

With those who think that the nuclear family ideal is inherently misogynistic and homophobic? With those who hold that Israel is the villain in the Middle East? With those who claim that the term “Islamic terrorist” is an expression of religious bigotry? We are in a fight for the soul of America, and the fate of this nation literally hangs in the balance.*Unfortunately, there is also the possibility that this conflict could end up destroying this country no matter which side ultimately wins. It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall, and America is very bitterly divided.

God commands unity among believers because, once conflict enters the midst of any assembly or entity, productivity and usefulness inevitably grind to a halt and the whole organization is weakened and becomes vulnerable to attack. As Jesus said, “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.”

Fruit of the Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22). Christians are, as followers of the Prince of Peace, peaceful people (Matthew 5:9). We are called to live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16) and, as far as it depends on us, to be at peace with everyone (Hebrews 12:14). Jesus Christ is building His church (Matthew 16:18). His “house” will stand; “his kingdom will not be destroyed, / his dominion will never end” (Daniel 6:26).

The unpardonable/unforgivable sin or “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” is mentioned in Mark 3:22–30and Matthew 12:22–32. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter” (Mark 3:28), but then He gives one exception: “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin” (verse 29).

According to Jesus, the unpardonable or unforgivable sin is unique. It is the one iniquity that will never be forgiven (“never” is the meaning of “either in this age or in the age to come” in Matthew 12:32). The unforgivable sin is blasphemy (“defiant irreverence”) of the Holy Spirit in the context of the Spirit’s work in the world through Christ. In other words, the particular case of blasphemy seen in Matthew 12 and Mark 3 is unique. The guilty party, a group of Pharisees, had witnessed irrefutable evidence that Jesus was working miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet they claimed that He was possessed by the prince of demons, Beelzebul (Matthew 12:24Mark 3:30).

The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day committed the unpardonable sin by accusing Jesus Christ (in person, on earth) of being demon-possessed. They had no excuse for such an action. They were not speaking out of ignorance or misunderstanding. The Pharisees knew that Jesus was the Messiah sent by God to save Israel. They knew the prophecies were being fulfilled. They saw Jesus’ wonderful works, and they heard His clear presentation of truth. Yet they deliberately chose to deny the truth and slander the Holy Spirit. Standing before the Light of the World, bathed in His glory, they defiantly closed their eyes and became willfully blind. Jesus pronounced that sin to be unforgivable.

The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, specific as it was to the Pharisees’ situation, cannot be duplicated today. Jesus Christ is not on earth, and no one can personally see Jesus perform a miracle and then attribute that power to Satan instead of the Spirit. The only unpardonable sin today is that of continued unbelief. There is no pardon for a person who dies in his rejection of Christ. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world, convicting the unsaved of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). If a person resists that conviction and remains unrepentant, then he is choosing hell over heaven. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), and the object of faith is Jesus (Acts 16:31). There is no forgiveness for someone who dies without faith in Christ.

We find a striking parallel to the things that cause division today, in the Bible, in the city of Corinth. And Paul tells us how to deal with these issues in His letters to the Corinthians, but first some history about this biblical city.

The city of Corinth was strategically located on a narrow neck of land that connected southern Greece to the mainland of Greece. And there were two natural seaports that fed into Corinth providing a natural stopover for people traveling between Rome and the East. Old Corinth was destroyed in 146 BC. Then reconstructed in 44 BC by Julius Ceasar, and the city was given the status of the Roman colony.

This city was a melting pot of many nationalities. Old Corinth had been known for its immorality and unrestrained self-indulgence.

New Corinth, took on the same characteristics. The city was intellectually proud, materially affluent, and morally corrupt. The philosophy in Corinth encouraged its people to indulge in their desires, greed, dishonesty, impurity, drunkenness, lust, and selfishness.

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