16 February, 2008

Sabbath a'Brakel: The Results of Peace With God

When the believer experiences peace with God, he can readily bear all crosses and also "glory in tribulation" (Rom. 5:3). Then they find themselves to be in Paul's condition: "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Cor. 12:10). Then death is no terror unto them, but only a departing in peace (Luke 2:29), even if, due to their witness of the truth, they must die a violent death. This peace causes martyrs to sing and rejoice in the midst of torture and flames. If already here peace with God is so sweet and invigorating, what will it be when there are no more sins which time and again disturb the peace, and when there will no longer be estrangement from God, but rather eternal unity in joy, love, and peace! "For how great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty!" (Zec. 9:17). [II: 445].

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