Wednesday, July 27, 2022
“So there was a division among the people because of him” (John 7:43 KJV).
As it was then, so it is today!
The three occasions of “division” or schism amongst the Jewish people in John’s Gospel Record—today’s Scripture, John 9:16, and John 10:19—accentuated the vast chasm between those who believed their Hebrew Bible and those who did not. If all would have trusted God’s words to them, there would have been no such disagreements. Skipping over to the three “divisions” or schisms in Paul’s epistles, we find a similar pattern of disharmony.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions [schisma] among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). “For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions [schisma] among you; and I partly believe it” (1 Corinthians 11:18). These Corinthian saints were experiencing deep rifts because denominationalism/sectarism, philosophy, and other carnal pleasures had turned them away from the Apostle Paul, the Lord’s spokesman to them (see 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 1 Corinthians 11:17-22; cf. 1 Corinthians 4:15,16; 1 Corinthians 11:1). As our human body is composed of many parts, so the Church the Body of Christ is made of many members who should work together to do the work of God’s ministry: “That there should be no schism [schisma] in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another” (1 Corinthians 12:25).
In this the Dispensation of the Grace of God, brethren, we should unite around the truths of Ephesians 4:3-6: “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Those who disagree with these verses are they who truly divide Christians, and we should avoid these errant souls at all costs (Romans 16:17,18)!