Why Is There So Much Opposition to the Gospel?
Adapted from a devotional by Andrew Wommack
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” —Matthew 10:34
This statement seems like it contradicts some prophecies about Jesus and some of Jesus' own words concerning peace, as well as what was written about Him in the New Testament Epistles.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:1
The peace that Jesus purchased was peace between God and man. We have peace with God. We are exhorted to take this peace and extend it to all men, but it’s also made very clear that not all men will receive it.
Peace can only come when we relate to God because of our faith in what He did for us, instead of what we do for Him.
A person who is thinks he or she has to perform up to some standard to be accepted by God won’t have any peace. That puts the burden of salvation on our shoulders, and that’s a load we can't bear. We were incapable of living holy enough to please God before we were saved, and we are incapable of living holy enough to please God now that we are saved!
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him….” —Hebrews 11:6a
We were saved by faith, and we have to continue to walk with God by faith (Col. 2:6). Not understanding this has made many Christians, who love God, unable to enjoy the peace that was provided for them through faith in Jesus.
The gospel will always produce opposition from those who don't receive it.
This “sword of division,” even among family members, is not God's will, nor is it God that causes it. But, it will inevitably come, and Jesus was simply preparing His disciples for that time.
As much as we want everyone to receive the good news, we shouldn’t think it’s strange when even our loved ones don't receive it.
Jesus was rejected by His own, and we will be too. We must remain faithful to continue preaching the gospel because there are others who will receive.
Keep sharing the “Good News!”