Could you answer a few more questions for me, please.
I came across something during studying and a question came to mind and I thought I should get your insight on it. In Mat 5:39 we have that.ye “resist not evil” and in James 4:7 we have “resist the devil” The question is:
What is the difference between the devil and evil? Can the devil be separated from evil that we should resist the devil but not resist evil?
I’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Their difference is, that we are supposed to resist, is within our own hearts and minds; we are not supposed to resist the evil that is in the world.
(Eph 6:12 NKJV) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
(Luk 17:20 NKJV) Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
(Luk 17:21 NKJV) nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
We already discussed that the kingdom of God and kingdom of heaven are the same thing, so the heavenly places discussed in Eph 6 are within us as well.
Jesus gives us a great example of this:
(Joh 18:36 NKJV) Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
Great evil was done to Jesus. He was falsely accused, beaten, scourged, and crucified. He did not resist this evil, and rebuked Peter when he tried to war against flesh and blood.
(Joh 18:10 NKJV) Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
(Joh 18:11 NKJV) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”
(Joh 18:12 NKJV) Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.
He was following his own teachings:
(Mat 5:38 NKJV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’
(Mat 5:39 NKJV) But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
(Mat 5:40 NKJV) If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.
Christ did resist the devil:
(Mat 4:8 NKJV) Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
(Mat 4:9 NKJV) And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
(Mat 4:10 NKJV) Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND HIM ONLY YOU SHALL SERVE.’ ”
(Mat 4:11 NKJV) Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
This is exactly what James is talking about:
(Jas 4:7 NKJV) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
We should resist the devil just like Christ did.
There are many evils in the world that we should just let happen. God has put many evil men in leadership positions over us that do great harm. Our witness is to just take it quietly and obey Christ no matter the cost.
(Rom 13:1 NKJV) Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
(Rom 13:2 NKJV) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
(1Pe 2:18 NKJV) Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.
(1Pe 2:19 NKJV) For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
(1Pe 2:20 NKJV) For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.
(1Pe 2:21 NKJV) For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
(1Pe 2:22 NKJV) “WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH”;
(1Pe 2:23 NKJV) who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
Paul tell us in 1 Corinthians that it is not our job to judge the world right now. Our focus should be on ourselves and the Body of Christ.
(1Co 5:12 NKJV) For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
(1Co 5:13 NKJV) But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “PUT AWAY FROM YOURSELVES THE EVIL PERSON.”
God will deal with the evil in the world in his time. We are certainly supposed to make judgements, but those judgements are within both ourselves and the Body.
(1Co 5:4 NKJV) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
(1Co 5:5 NKJV) deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
(1Co 5:6 NKJV) Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
(Col 3:16 NKJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
This study covers how we are to correct one another within the Body of Christ properly.
We should be looking to share the truth with people that God is dragging to himself. We don’t want to waste our time getting involved in the affairs of this world or casting our pearls before swine. When we do these things we are trying to resist evil.
(2Ti 2:4 NKJV) No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
(Mat 7:6 NKJV) “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
I hope this answers your questions,