Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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This is what the Lord spoke to me tonight as I was returning from a visit to the local hospital: “If you confess Christ, and it brings a division, it is a division made by God, not you. If you refuse to confess Christ so that you can maintain a relationship, it is a relationship made by the devil, and there will be a price you have to pay for it.”
Jesus said that he did not come to bring peace to this world but a division (Lk. 12:51). He brought division everywhere he went. Jesus was a very divisive character, and he still is. Jesus caused division by not being ashamed of his Father, by demonstrating His Father’s power and by repeating his Father’s words out loud. Jesus also warned us not to be ashamed of him and his words; otherwise, he will be ashamed of us before the Father and his angels on the day of Judgment (Lk. 9:26).
Confessing Christ is the path to salvation, and “wise virgins” are those saints who stay on the path of confessing Christ by telling others what God has done for them, even if doing so causes division. They understand that any division caused by confessing Christ is the work of God, for which they feel no need to repent.