And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)
Oh, that these happy times have come! At present, the nations are heavily armed and are inventing weapons more and more terrible, as if the chief end of man could only be answered by destroying myriads of his fellows. Yet peace will prevail one day; yes, and so prevail that the instruments of destruction shall be beaten into other shapes and used for better purposes.
How will this come about? By trade? By civilization? By arbitration? We do not believe it. Past
experience forbids our trusting to means so feeble. Peace will be established only by the reign of the Prince of Peace. He must teach the people by His Spirit, renew their hearts by His grace, and reign over them by His supreme power, and then will they cease to wound and kill. Man is a monster when once his blood is up, and only the Lord Jesus can turn this lion into a lamb. By changing man’s heart, his bloodthirsty passions are removed. Let every reader of this book of promises offer a special prayer today to the Lord and Giver of Peace that He would speedily put an end to war and establish concord over the whole world.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. (Revelation 21:5)
Glory be to His name! All things need making new, for they are sadly battered and worn by sin. It
is time that the old vesture was rolled up and laid aside, and that creation put on her Sunday
suit. But no one else can make all things new except the Lord who made them at the first; for it
needs as much power to make out of evil as to make out of nothing. Our Lord Jesus has undertaken
the task, and He is fully competent for the performance of it. Already he has commenced His labor,
and for centuries He has persevered in making new the hearts of men and the order of society. By
and by He will make new the whole constitution of human government, and human nature shall be
changed by His grace; and there shall come a day when the body shall be made new and raised like
unto His glorious body.
What a joy to belong to a kingdom in which everything is being made new by the power of its King!
We are not dying out: we are hastening on to a more glorious life. Despite the opposition of the
powers of evil, our glorious Lord Jesus is accomplishing His purpose and making us, and all things
about us, “new” and as full of beauty as when they first came from the hand of the Lord.
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