555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

262. What Is Meant by "For I Am Come to Set a Man at Variance with His Father"?

This statement (Matt. 10:35) showed the result of his coming, not the purpose of it Christ was warning the people who came to him of the sufferings they would have to endure, among which was this of the hostility of their near relatives. Many were offering themselves as his disciples who expected that he would become the King of Israel, and that they would share his glory, and he wished none to come with any such idea. He wanted them to count the cost, and he told them of the trials awaiting them if they followed him. They must be quite sure that they. loved him so well that if their fathers or their brothers cast them off for being Christians they would be faithful to Christ, even at the cost of losing the love of their relatives.