Devotional Readings, M'Cheyne Bible Reading Notes

Luke 12:51 – Peace

Luke 12:51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

This is so contrary to much of man’s thinking and desires. There is even a segment of the visible church that propogates The Kingdom Now concepts, though the New Apostalic Reformation(NAR). And Peace is often preached in both the secular and religions spheres to the world.

But Jesus spoke truthfully when he said:


John 18:36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

In the commentary below John Gill explains this further. But before we go on remember that there is a “peace” that is biblical.


Revelation 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Luke 12:51 Gill

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth?…. To set up a temporal kingdom, in great pomp, and outward peace and tranquility? Christ came to make peace with God for men, and to give the Gospel of peace, and spiritual and eternal peace to men; but not external peace, especially that, which is not consistent with the preservation of truth:

I tell you, nay; whatever suppositions you have made, or whatever notions you have entertained, I solemnly affirm, and you may depend upon it, I am not come into the world on any such account, as to establish outward peace among men;

but rather division; so he calls the Gospel, which in Matthew is styled a “sword”; and the Ethiopic version seems to have read both here, since it renders it, “but a sword that I may divide”: the Gospel is the sword of the Spirit, which divides asunder soul and Spirit, and separates a man from his former principles and practices; and sets men apart from one another, even the nearest relations, at the greatest distance; and is, through the sin of man, the occasion of great contention, discord, and division.

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