In the spirit of 1 Corinthians 2:13 (comparing spiritual with spiritual), the following article is put forward by comparing Matt. 10:34 with other scriptures:
Matt. 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Verses 35-39 beautifully explains the above scripture, beyond a literal view point:
· Vs. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (The Lord was using the natural to drive home his message. He meant that the laws/life/nature he came to introduce would set its subjects (believers) at variance with all others, their fellows/closest ties)
· Vs. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (The enemies of a man lies within him, within the unsaved soul, in the carnal mind which is not subject to the law of God, which is enmity with God–Rom. 8:7. They are the foothold that Satan uses to promote his values)
· Vs.37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me…. (beyond the logical interpretation i.e. we are called to love an unknown life Christ came to introduce to man, a life we must love beyond anything we previously loved, typified by parents and loved ones here, and to do that, we must despise every representative of the former life)
· Vs.39 He that findeth (keepeth) his life shall lose it: and he that loseth (i.e. despises his initial love for) his life for my sake shall find it (shall find the real life Christ came to unveil, man’s true life – Eternal life).
This is the meat of the Lord’s Gist. To separate a believer from what he knows/calls My Life which was actually a life designed by God’s enemy through the tree of good & evil, the Lord has to introduce a spiritual operation to get this done. The Milk of the Word can’t terminate that live, which we inherited from ADAM. It takes the Meat of the Word which is the Word of Righteousness or the Sword of the Spirit to gradually terminate it. This is the Testimony of Jesus that made Overcomers out of the disciples-made-Apostles.
Heb. 4:12 For The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any Two Edged Sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of Soul and Spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
(The New Testament that can separate the soul/soulish life from the spirit/spiritual life. It can discern thoughts and intents because it is pregnant with the righteous judgments/eyes (Rev. 5:6) of the throne
When Christ succeeds in introducing this life (which in Rom. 1:1 was initially described as the Gospel of God, in Rom. 1:16 as –i.e. became- the Gospel of Christ and in Rom. 2:16 as –i.e. became- the Gospel of Paul) to a believer through the two-edged ministry of his Sword (Word), it would put such at variance with everything/almost everybody around. Believers would begin to think differently from other believers and there would be reactions (persecutions) from without, from fellow believers/unbelievers who still retain/defend the intelligence/passions of the former life.