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The Saviour's Peace.

The Saviour's Peace.

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Friedrich, Schleiermacher 1768-1834.

{Second Sunday after Trinity, 1831.)

Tkxt : John xiv. 27. " Peace I leave with you ; My peace I give
unto you."
Friedrich, Schleiermacher 1768-1834.

{Second Sunday after Trinity, 1831.)

Tkxt : John xiv. 27. " Peace I leave with you ; My peace I give
unto you."

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 30, 2013
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THE SAVIOUR'S PEACE.Friedrich, Schleiermacher 1768-1834.{Second Sunday after Trinity, 1831.)Tkxt : John xiv. 27. " Peace I leave with you ; My peace I giveunto you."THE word which the Saviour here makes use of in speak-ing to His disciples has with us a twofold meaning.It suggests to our minds a condition of human society which,when it has been interrupted, we all long to recall ; a statein which alone we look for universal contentment, and allthings going on prosperously. But it has also another mean-ing; for we all know by our own experience the inwardstrife that goes on in the heart of man, and as its opposite,a peace — often interrupted, it is true, and seldom perfect — but still, the peace of the Lord. The Saviour could notpromise peace of the first kind to His disciples. Referringto that. He said, I came not to send peace on earth, but asword. He had told them before, and could tell themnothing different, that they would be hated and persecutedas He was, that like Him they would have to fight withspiritual weapons in the cause of His kingdom. But nowthat His work in the souls of His disciples was so far accom-plished, He could promise them that which He had lovinglyannounced from the beginning, the rest that He invited314THE saviour's PEACE. 315troubled souls to come and find in Him ; He could assurethem of that inward peace even now, when He was justabout to leave them. This word of the Saviour directs ourthoughts, then, to the inmost depths of each individual soul,
and shows us what is and ought to be wrought there by theSaviour, who claims this as His own work in oar souls.Let us, therefore, in connection with these words, take thisthought as the subject of our consideration — how each indi-vidual soul who is a partaker in Christ's redemption dis-cerns, in the peace which He leaves to His people, in Hispeace, a fulness of divine wisdom such as no imaginationcan surpass. Let us first inquire what the Saviour's peacereally is ; and then reflect, and ask whether there does notlie in that, and in that alone, the whole fulness of the divinewisdom that can be revealed to a human being.I. First, then, what is the Saviour's peace, which He leftto His people ? Is it the peace which He Himself had, orIS it a feeble image, a dim shadow of it, a slight approachto it ? What was the peace of the Saviour ? His peace wasgrounded on this — that He was eternally, and in all respects,one with His Father ; that whatever His eye rested onaround Him, His spirit considered as a work of God ; thatHe suffered His will to be determined by no emotion of Hisown mind, without having first recognised the will of Godin what was required of Him ; and that thus the one effectconstantly kept pace with the other. He studied the worksof His Father, and the Father showed Him greater and yetgreater works ; He did the will of the Father, and was evermore vehemently impelled to the fulfilling of that will, untilHe could say that all was finished. And as the divine willis nothing but almighty love, this oneness of will with God,by which the Father's will, and no other, was always His,could be in Him also nothing but an eternal fulness of lovewelling up from His heart. It was a love that was everoffering to men, sunk in the misery of sin, the greatest gift316 THE saviour's peace.it could bestow, the gift of fellowship with His own life, sothat they should be able to draw from His fulness, peace andtruth and oneness with God ; but it was also an indulgent
and compassionate love, which did not refuse to men eventhe meaner things they craved, but with tender hand pro-viewed help for their bodily need. And this love, with thegreatest gift always in store, but read}^, at the same time,to bestow the lesser blessings — this love, making itself felt on all sides — this was the peace the Saviour had. Andnothing whatever could disturb this peace, just because Hehad no plans, and took no step in His life that could havebeen out of harmony with the will of His and our Father, —  just because He knew nothing whatever of an inward strife,but all within Him was, and remained, agreed in harmony,as it had been from the beginning. But certainly He wouldnot have been able to carry in His heart this fulness of alove so moving, ever reaching forth to others, and offeringitself to them ; indeed. He would not even have seen theworks of God which His Father showed Him, and no pur-pose of God would have ripened in His soul into a definiteact ; unless, sinless as He was. He had had the keenest andmost thorough sympathy with the misery of sin. He sawmen who were capable of being like Himself, for that waswhat they were meant to become — men whom, for that veryreason. He did not scorn to call His brethren — sunk in thatstate of bondage from which the law had not been able tosave them, for the law only brought them the knowledge of sin ; and in this sympathy with sinful men the sinless Onepassed His life on earth ; yet this had never power to dis-turb His peace, but rather w^as a living and essential elementof it. How strongly does this compassion for the misery of sin come out in all His discourses, in which he sought toawaken a true conviction of sin in men who carried it intheir hearts, and yet had so little sense of it ! How deeplydid this very sympathy enable Him to see into the humanTHE saviour's PEACE. 317heart, even with regard to that which could have no placein His own pure heart ! And the further He proceeded inHis great work, the war of the divine Word against the sin

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