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by Dr. John Thomas
The peace Messiah brings is "first pure".
It is a peace the result of conquest.
the tranquillity which succeeds the bruising of the Serpent's head.
It is consequent upon the establishment of God's sovereignty over the nations, by the hand of him whom he hath prepared to "break in pieces the oppressor," and let the oppressed go free.
"In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endures.
His enemies shall lick the dust; all nations shall serve him, and call him blessed".
Then shall he judge among them, and rebuke them, and speak peace to them; and "they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more".
But the Father did not send Jesus with the idea of bringing about this mighty revolution among the nations by preaching the gospel; neither did He propose to effect it in the absence of His Son.
When he appeared in humiliation he came to take away peace from the earth, as both his words and history prove.
"Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth?
I tell you, Nay; but rather division.
I am come to send fire upon the earth; and what will I if it be already kindled?
" "I come not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set man at variance against his nearest and dearest relations.
So that man's foes shall be they of his own household".
This is the way the Prince of Peace spoke when on earth.
The doctrine he taught is distasteful to the natural mind; and, by the purity of its principles, and astonishing nature of its promises, excites the enmity and incredulity of the flesh.
Loving sin and hating righteousness, the carnal mind becomes the enemy and persecutor of those who advocate it.
The enmity on the part of the faithless is inveterate: and where they have the power, they stir up war even at the domestic hearth.
If the believer will agree to be silent, or to renounce his faith, there will then be "peace and love" such as the world, that "loves its own," is able to afford.
But the true believers are not permitted to make any compromise of the kind.
They are commanded to "contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints," and so long as they do this, they may lay their account with tribulation of various kinds.
There is a vast deal of this false peace and spurious charity in the Protestant world.