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John 7:43

CHRIST THE CAUSE OF DIVISION

Sep 28, 1947


John 7:43 "So there was a division among the people because of Him."

     To this day the greatest division in the world is "because of Him."

I. THERE WAS A DIVISION AMONG THE NON-DISCIPLES.

  1. Some admitted none of His claims.
  2. Others admitted a portion, but denied the rest.
  3. Certain admitted His claims, but neglected to follow out the legitimate consequences of them.
  4. A few became His sincere hearers, going as far with Him as they had yet learned of Him.

II. THERE WAS A DIVISION OF BELIEVERS FROM NON-BELIEVERS.
     There is a great division at this present time.

  1. In opinion: Especially as to the Lord.
  2. In trust: Many rely on self; only the Christians trust on Him.
  3. In love: Differing pleasures and aims prove that hearts go after different things.
  4. In obedience, character, and language.
  5. In development, growth, tendency.
  6. In destiny.  The directions of the lines of life point to different places at the end of the journey.  This cleavage divides the dearest friends and relatives.  This is the most real and deep difference in the world.

III. YET WHEN FAITH COMES, UNITY IS PRODUCED.

  1. Nationalities are blended.  Calvary heals Babel. Jews and Gentiles are one in Him.
  2. Personal peculiarities cease to divide.  Workers or Christ are sure to be blended in one body by their common difficulties.
  3. Mental specialties feel the touch of unity.
    Saints of all styles of education are one in Jesus.
    Saints in heaven will be many as the waves, but one as the sea.  Ambitions which else would disintegrate are overcome, and laid at Jesus' feet.

Let us divide, if the be a division.
Let us closely unite, if there be real union in Christ.

Christ, who is properly the Author of peace, is, on account of the wickedness of men, the occasion of discord. -- John Calvin.

There never lived anyone who has so changed the hearts of men - monarchs, warriors, masters, science, art, literature, - none as Jesus.

The Christian faith has circled the globe.
The church of Christ has become strong.