Friday, October 2, 2009

To whom does the peace of Christ come?


Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favour]" (Luke 2:13-14 Amplified Bible).

Around the world we are witnessing the signs of the end of a civilisation (Western Civilisation), and everything that can be shaken is being shaken, and will continue to be shaken. These are not signs of the end of the world, but they are signs of the end of a world order; and God, once again, is saying to apostate Christendom, "The Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and be given to a people producing the fruit of it," just as He said the same to the apostate Jews 40 years before the destruction of the Temple -- and the city -- in AD 70.

Jesus came to give peace to such as please the Father -- men and women of goodwill and who walk under the favour of God. How do we walk under the favour of God? It is simple! We believe in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ: that is, we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God; we believe that His substitutionary death satisfied the just requirements of God for sin; we believe that everything Jesus has spoken is true, and that every commandment which He has given should be obeyed.

It is to these that the promise of peace is given. To all else, Jesus says the following:

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 10:34-39).


1 comment:

Steve from the Alice said...

I blogged on this very verse and idea a while back at...http://hammeroffaith.blogspot.com/2009/08/christmas-this-is-war.html.

You would do me great honour to add a link to my blog as I have now done for yours.

Blessings on you, my brother, highly favoured of the Lord!

Hammer