Resist Not Evil

In the New Testament of Christ there was an important change from the Old
Testament: the command not to resist evil.

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right
cheek, turn to him the other  also. (Matthew 5:39)

This command has an underlying understanding that:

1. No one harms Godīs people unless God allows them to do so.

2. Suffering cheerfully brings a blessing to His people and a curse upon their enemies.

3. God will eventually avenge and repay everyone who harms His people.

4. Godīs people will receive eternal life so death is not the end.

5. In heaven there will be greater rewards for those who suffered the most.

6. When Godīs people suffer the Holy Spirit comes to them to comfort them.

This command is clearly not followed by most Christians. That is a huge mistake.
All the commands of Christ are there for a reason. They are the words of God,
delivered to Jesus Christ, to save His people. They are the Gospel. To reject the wisdom
of God is something only a fool or an atheist would do.

Jesus said that if we follow His commands the Holy Spirit will come into us. This
command is a critical part of that promise.

If we say in our heart that no one can obey this commandment we will be cursed
by God. The curse is foreshadowed in the Old Testament:

And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither
        thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey;
        and this is the fruit of it.
Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and
        the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the
        children of Anak there.
The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the
        Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the
        mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the
        coast of Jordan.
And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go

        up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome  it.

But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go

        up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had

        searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land,
        through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth
        up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in
        it are men of a great stature.
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of
        the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and
        so we were in their sight.
And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and
        the people wept that night.
And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and
        against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them,
        Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God
        we had died in this wilderness!
And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall
        by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a
        prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let
        us return into Egypt.
Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the
        assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh,
        which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel,
        saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an
        exceeding good land.
If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this
        land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and
Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people
        of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is
        departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the
        glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the
        congregation before all the children of Israel.
And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people

        provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for
        all the signs which I have shewed among them?
I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them,
        and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear
        it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from
        among them;)

And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for
        they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that
        thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth
        over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a
        pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the
        nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the
        land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in
        the wilderness.
And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great,
        according as thou hast spoken, saying,
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving
        iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the
        guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
        unto the third and fourth generation.
Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according
        unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven
        this people, from Egypt even until now.
And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the
        glory of the LORD.
Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my
        miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have
        tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my
Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their
        fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him,
        and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land
        whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.)
        Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way
        of the Red sea.
And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which
        murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children
        of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have
        spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were
        numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty
        years old and upward which have murmured against me.
Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I
        sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of
        Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them
        will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have
But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this
And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years,
        and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the
After the number of the days in which ye searched the land,
        even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your
        iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of
I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil
        congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this
        wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who
        returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him,
        by bringing up a slander upon the land,
Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the
        land, died by the plague before the LORD.
But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh,
        which were of the men that went to search the land, lived
        still. (Numbers 13-14)

So those who do not believe that God can protect and fight for them are cursed by God.
Those who believe in the power, ability and goodness of God and obey Him even if it
seems impossible are blessed.

The giants that the people of Israel were afraid of are like the spiritual enemies of God
in this world today. The enemies of God are spirits: powerful sinful lusts (living in
luxury and too much pleasure).  The people of God are poor, few, and weak. They must
trust, however, that God is with them and
He will allow them to fulfil all of His

God did not change from the Old Testament to the New Testament. He still will destroy
His enemies. He still will love those who love Him.

It is the Kingdom of God that has changed. It is no longer a physical kingdom but a
spiritual kingdom. This spiritual Kingdom of God does not resist attack because it
knows suffering violence strengthens it. The violence of the wicked is used against
them to condemn their spirits before God and to bring Godīs blessings on the righteous.

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world,
then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is
my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the  darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places. (Ephesians 6:12)

When Jesus was arrested, beaten and killed He overcame the evil spirits that hurt
Him. They were cursed by God because they had harmed an innocent man. The
purpose of evil spirits is to do harm and hurt to the wicked.

Jesus was also glorified because of His willingness to suffer in battle against the
enemies of God.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life,  that I might take it again.
(John 10:17)

Jesus was a warrior of a new kind of battle. This battle uses righteousness and faith
as the defence and the word of God as the weapon. Once the enemy spirits are
condemned before God they have lost. To condemn them the warrior must be
righteous and innocent before God. Then God will withdraw His protection from the
enemy and send evil spirits to confuse and destroy them. The holy spiritual warrior
must never have an evil thought toward another man in His heart. It is for God to
send the evil spirits to torment them. The righteous must remain perfectly pure, always
blessing and praying for our fellow men.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
        against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called
        the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
        cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with  him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
        salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the
        power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast
        down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
        word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto
        the death. (Revelation 12:7-11)

The Kingdom of God is within the people of God. God wants His people to maintain,
protect and expand His Kingdom. God will fight for them, but they are required
to be ready to do battle against enemies which seem much too strong for them.
It requires faith that there really is a righteous God and that He is with them.

If Godīs people are really sure they are doing the work of God, then they should trust
in Him to protect them. And if they are killed or wounded in the battle, they should
know that it was in Godīs wisdom to allow that to happen.

Why would God allow one of His people to be killed? To bring Him to His Fatherīs
house and reward him. 

Why would God allow one of His people to be wounded?  To teach him to fear God,
which is wisdom.