Christ, the Procurer and Giver of Peace

“…his name shall be called . . . Prince of Peace” Isa. 9:6

But Christ, as the “Prince of Peace,” is not only the Procurer, He is also the giver of peace. Before He ascended into heaven, He bequeathed to His Church this sacred legacy of peace. How precious and significant the terms of this bequest! “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you.” And when He would forearm by forewarning His disciples of the trials and privations they should find in the world, with what exquisite tenderness and love He seeks to smooth and prepare their minds for the tribulations that awaited them: “These things have I spoken, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

And truly the saints of God do experience the world to be the scene of varied and great tribulations. It is the battle-field of the Church, the scene of many a hard-fought conflict with the ungodliness and the ungodly of this ungodly world. Beloved, bear in mind that your dear Lord has lovingly forewarned you that tribulation is your pathway through the world home to Himself. Do not be, therefore, surprised at the trials, and the conflicts, and the woundings of the way. “In the world you shall have tribulation.” It was the path your Lord and Leader traveled. And would you tread a smoother path than His? Do you desire an easier, nearer, shorter road to glory than that imprinted with His blessed feet, bedewed with His tears, and empurpled with His blood? Oh, no! But, behold your true peace- “In Me you shall have peace.”

Octavius Winslow, Emmanuel, or The TItles of Christ, as published in The Works of Octavius Winslow (Monergism Books, Kindle Edition)

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