In Genesis 11:1-9, we learn that the whole world spoke the same language. This gave the people power to accomplish great things. They decided to build a tower that would reach into the heavens. This was unpleasing to God, so He thwarted their efforts and stifled the project. How did He do it? by “confusing their language” (Genesis 11:7).
Satan learned a lesson that day that would prove to be invaluable to him. What did he learn? He learned that by confusing the language of people, their power is greatly diminished.
Even today, Satan continues to steal the overall power of “Christendom” by causing believers to speak a multitude of different languages. Disunity is one of the greatest thieves in the religious world.
Jesus Himself prayed that all who believe on Him through the inspired apostles’ word (the New Testament), would be “one” (John 17:20-21). Once Jesus prayed this prayer, Satan set out immediately to divide the people of God.
Paul warned the people against division telling them to “speak the same thing, be perfectly joined together, and be of the same mind and same judgment” (1Corinthians 1:10). He reveals that this can only be done by “not exceeding that which is written” (1Corinthians 4:6). However, Satan has convinced a vast majority that we cannot all understand the Bible alike.
Friends, we either understand the Bible alike, or someone is misunderstanding it. There is a way to know you are understanding God’s Word in the way He intended, and that is to understand every verse in such a way so as not to contradict any other verse. If all Bible teachers would do this, we would have unity; and if we had unity, we would have power; power to glorify the Judge of all the earth.
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