No Peace Treaty With Sin

I believe one of the strangest verses that ever fell from the lips of Jesus was this: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).

That’s incredible, because Isaiah 9:6 calls Him the “Prince of Peace.” And when He was born, the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). And yet in this passage, Jesus Christ said that He didn’t come to bring peace. What is He talking about?

I believe Jesus is telling us that He came with a sword to put a line of demarcation between Truth and error, light and dark, sin and righteousness. When God’s standard of righteousness is set, there will always be a division. Without righteousness there can be no godly peace. Peace can never come where sin remains. God will never make a peace treaty with sin—never!


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2 replies

  1. Yah! First I had to get over the “send” vs “bring” word. I looked it up. I dunno why KJV uses the word “send,” but “bring” it is.
    Well said, and good point – it’s a hard verse to understand, but you bring some clarity to it (“sendeth thou clarity?).

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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