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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Matthew 10:34

I came not to send peace, but a sword (ouk hlton balein eirhnhn, alla maxairan).
A bold and dramatic climax. The aorist infinitive means a sudden hurling of the sword where peace was expected. Christ does bring peace, not as the world gives, but it is not the force of compromise with evil, but of conquest over wrong, over Satan, the triumph of the cross. Meanwhile there will be inevitably division in families, in communities, in states. It is no namby-pamby sentimentalism that Christ preaches, no peace at any price. The Cross is Christ's answer to the devil's offer of compromise in world dominion. For Christ the kingdom of God is virile righteousness, not mere emotionalism.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 10:34". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=010&verse=034>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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