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If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

John 8:31-32 NASB 1977

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Luke 6:46 NASB

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28 KJV

If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

Luke 14:26 NASB

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:16 NASB

Everything above this point are direct quotes from The Lord Jesus Christ with scripture citations. Jesus Christ is the centrality of the Christian walk for it is His passionate love to save us His children, His friends. In this lovely relationship, we do not compromise for father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, nor ourselves. We trade this loving relationship for nothing.

Please notice, next Lord Jesus sends out the 12 without swords.

He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece.”

Luke 9:23 NASB

And, next, the Lord Jesus sends out the 72 without swords.

Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes

Luke 10:3-4 NASB

Next, John the Baptist answers the soldiers, instructing them to do violence to no one.

And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Luke 3:14 KJV

Jesus knows that God makes all things work together for good to those who believe that are called according to His purpose, when He said:

But I say to you, do not resist an evil person

Matthew 5:39 NASB

In the next quote from our great and glorious Lord Jesus Christ, He knows the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly/carnal rather we Christians wield the sword of the spirit which is the word of God because the spirit of the Living God indwells us!

Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.

Matthew 26:52 NASB

The next passage makes it clear that Jesus told the disciples to bring swords in order to fulfill the prophecy that he be captured with transgressors. Based on Jesus’s action at Gethsemane when Peter use the sword, it is clear that we are not to use carnal weapons for self-preservation. Jesus did not even let people use the sword to battle for Jesus’ liberation, and Jesus is the ultimate reason to fight; therefore, all other reasons fall underneath as non reasons to fight.

And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.” They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”

Luke 22:36-38 NASB

In the next two quotes of the Lord Jesus, the first expresses how we know where our treasure is located, and the second tells us of our value to God Almighty.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:12 NASB

So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:31 NASB

Respecting Jesus driving out the money changers, there is no mention of Jesus using the whip on a person specifically. Even if he did the disciples did not. Not in:

Matthew 21:12-13

Mark 11:15-17

Luke 19:45-46

John 2:14-22

But let’s take a look at John 2:15 the actually talks about the whip being used:

And having made a whip of cords, He drove out all from the temple, both sheep and oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overthrew the tables.

John 2:15 BLB

A city protected by cold blue steel or the blackness of a gun is darkness; on the other hand; the city immersed in Jesus is the city of light. Like salt the body of Christ is used of God to purify, preserve, and make palatable. The ungodly at the wrong end of a gun does not purify.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 NASB

In the next quote from Jesus, please note that it does not say “killing someone for his friends” rather it says “that one lay down his life for his friends”.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13 NASB

Paul refers to “a minister of God” in Romans, quoted below and referenced in a comment above. A key point is the word “it” which refers to “a minister of God”. The word “it” is the third person; therefore, this is not referring to someone in the Assembly of God. In the KJV and the ESV, the word “it” is translated as “he”,, so the Apostle Paul is clearly not referring to someone in the body of Christ as a minister of God In this passage.

for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

Romans 13:4 NASB

There is absolutely no latitude for interpretation in the next quote from our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God eternal, there is no Christian nation in this world.

My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.

John 18:36 NASB

God is our only hope, and prayer is how we seek this blessed hope.

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