Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled…
I. THE NATURE OF THE BLESSING BEQUEATHED.
1. The enjoyment of actual reconciliation with God.
2. A sweet composure and calmness of mind, arising from the sense of reconciliation impressed by the Spirit of God on our hearts.
II. THE PECULIAR CONNECTION WHICH HE STATES THIS BLESSING TO HAVE WITH HIMSELF. "My peace."
1. Reconciliation to God exclusively arises from the merit of His sacrificial sufferings as being our Redeemer. "It is in consequence of the work of the Saviour that the Spirit has been sent actually to apply the blessing of reconciliation to the heart and to the conscience of man."
III. THE POINTS OF CONTRAST EXISTING BETWEEN THIS BLESSING AND THE COMMUNICATIONS OF THE WORLD. "Not as the world giveth."
1. That which is given to us by the world is empty; that which is given to us by Christ is substantial.
2. What the world gives is pernicious, and that which Christ gives is beneficial.
3. That which is given to us by the world is changeable, and must perish; and that which is given to us by Christ is immutable, and must endure for ever.
IV. THE INFLUENCE WHICH THE POSSESSION OF THIS BLESSING OUGHT TO POSSESS ON OUR MINDS. "Let not your heart be troubled."
Parallel VersesKJV: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.