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But its people, by rejection of the Messiah and persecution of His saints, had transformed it into “a synagogue of Satan.” But the Church, which Paul had planted, was “in the Lord Jesus Christ.” It was a Christian community. Grace--favour shown to one who has no claim upon it; and so either the kindness existing in God’s heart towards us, or as some operation of that kindness.It was “in God the Father,” having been originated by Him, being His possession, receiving the tokens of His favour, and being governed by His laws. In the one case, we cannot see it--it is a boundless ocean hidden in God’s infinite mind; in the other case, if we cannot see it we can enjoy it--it is a stream flowing out of that unseen ocean into our hearts. Grace is the root of peace, peace the flower of grace.The gardener, finding it troublesome, complained that the visitors plucked the flowers. He is probably left by Paul in charge of the Church at Ephesus (A. 66 or 67; 1 Timothy); received the second Epistle, and sets out to join Paul at Rome (A. The first, which in his full name, is given him in the Epistles, the latter contraction by the Acts.

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Wherever I am, whatever I do, I say, Blessed Jesus, have I truly a share in thy redemption? Catching, away to the haze of the burning sands, a form similarly mounted and armed approaching him, he is instantly on the alert; for life is a precarious possession among these wild sons of freedom.

His long spear drops to the level; and grasping it in his sinewy hand he presses forward, till the black eyes that glance out from the folds of his shawl recognize in the stranger one of a friendly tribe, between whom and him there is no quarrel, no question of blood to settle.

Peace, i.e., of mind through reconciliation with God. We accordingly find men everywhere flying from thought and feeling to pleasure, business, science, and even cares. A friend once asked Professor Francke, who built the Orphan house at Halle, how it came to pass that he maintained so constant a peace of mind. The ordinary salutation of the East was one of peace, and is so still.

The benevolent and godly man replied, “By stirring up my mind a hundred times a day. Seated on his fiery steed and armed to the teeth, the Bedouin careers along the desert.

Look at the case of Job, at Abraham’s rescue of Lot at the spoiling of Ziklag (), and it is easy to understand how the most kind and common greeting in such countries was “Peace be unto you.” With these words our Lord on returning from the grave accosted His disciples. The battle of salvation has been fought out, and a great victory won; and in that salutation Jesus, His own herald, announces the news to the anxious Church.

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