Legalized or Perpetrated Violence

Legalized or Perpetrated Violence

Scripture: St. Matthew 11:12

 KJV: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

 GNT: From the time John preached his message until this very day the Kingdom of heaven has suffered violent attacks, and violent men try to seize it.


Translation into other languages is not always straightforward. Many interpretations of what Jesus meant by this verse have been offered by commentators. It represents a challenging concept. In contrast to what he just said, which claimed that John was the greatest person ever to be born, Matthew 11:11 states that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.

The crucial words are hē basileia tōn ouranōn biazetai, kai biastai harpazousin autēn in the Greek text. The ESV’s pattern is followed by the majority of English translations: “The kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.” The NLT and other translations read, “The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.” These phrases can also be translated as “is forcibly entered” and “seize it for themselves,” respectively, according to the footnotes in the NASB, which adds some subtlety.

I have noticed that many Christians interpret this verse differently. When you comprehend what the word “violence” means, its meaning and interpretation may become very clear.

Violence is described as “behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something” by the Oxford Dictionary. Violence is defined as “physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing,” and regrettably, violence permeates all aspects of daily existence. We see it in our movies and television shows, and in the world, we live in, violence is frequently used to establish power. But for Christians, the truth of God’s Word always prevails over the ways of the world. What does the Bible say regarding violence, then?

However, I’d like to share a brief interpretation of a commentary. Jesus most likely meant that the religious authorities of His time were attempting to establish the kingdom in accordance with their own carnal methods while rejecting the divine plan that John and Jesus had announced. This perspective adequately explains Jesus’ allusion to the time between the start of John’s ministry and the time He spoke. The Jewish religious authorities had opposed John ever since he began his ministry of proclaiming the Messiah.

Additionally, I came across a translation that reads, “Spiritual violence has been legalized since the days of John the Baptist.” What is your own interpretation of this passage if I may ask? According to my point of view, any situation in your life that you decide to end—regardless of what it is—ends exactly the day you decide to do so, but only through spiritual violence. By this, I mean that everything you don’t need must be violently decreed and declared (Job 22:28); this can be done through prayers, worship, praises, sacrifices, commitments, LOVE, patience, etc. (See more about the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19–22).

We could go on indefinitely trying to explain this verse in more detail in various ways.

However, the most important thing is to use prayer to violently stop anything the Lord has not planted in your life. These situations or circumstances will continue to exist in your life or keep happening until the day you decide to violently stop them as you legalize what I call SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE.

Keep in mind that only you, who loves you more than anyone else, can make it happen for you.



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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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