Did Jesus come to give us peace or a sword?

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Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).

And He also said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:27).

In Matthew 10:34, Christ is the Prince of Peace. He brought the peace of heaven to earth and imparted it to men (John 14:27). However, when a man makes peace with God (Rom. 5:1), he is often counted by the world as an enemy (1 John 3:12, 13). Christ came to set sinners at peace with God, but in so doing He also inevitably set them at variance with all who refuse the offer of peace (Matt. 10:22). Genuine Christians who live Godly through history have been persecuted. Also, the word of God brings division between the godly and the ungodly.

In Hebrews chapter 4:12 it says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The Christian must never seek, or be content with, the peace that comes through compromise with evil.

In John 14:27, Jesus speaks of inward peace of soul such as comes to him who is “justified by faith” (Rom. 5:1), whose sense of guilt has been laid at the foot of the cross, and whose anxieties about the future have been swallowed up in his implicit trust in God (Phil. 4:6, 7). God justifies the converted sinner, He also creates a clean heart and renews a right spirit within him (Psalm 51:10).

It would not be possible for the sinner to enter into the new spiritual relationship of peace to which justification entitles and admits him, except for the miracle of conversion (John 3:3; 1 Cor. 2:14). Such a peace Jesus terms “my peace.” Such a peace the world cannot bestow (John 16:33).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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