The Harbinger of Salvation

POSTED BY: Millet

03/18/11


Peace is what it’s all about in the gospel sense. Although most members of the Church know what peace is, I believe peace has not yet been given its day in court; maybe we have not fully appreciated as a people what a remarkable “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) and what a transcendent manifestation of the new birth peace is! Peace is a priceless gift in a world that is at war with itself. Disciples look to him who is the Prince of Peace for their succor and their support. They know that peace is not only a cherished commodity in the here and now but also a harbinger of glorious things yet to be. Peace is a sure and solid sign from God that the heavens are pleased. In referring to a previous occasion when the spirit of testimony had been given, the Savior asked Oliver Cowdery, “Did I not speak peace to your mind . . . What greater witness can you have than from God?” (D&C 6:23).

Sin and neglect of duty result in disunity of the soul, inner strife, and confusion. On the other hand repentance, forgiveness, and rebirth bring quiet and rest and peace. While sin results in disorder, the Holy Spirit is an organizing principle that brings order and congruence. The world and the worldly cannot bring peace. They cannot settle the soul. “Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isaiah 57:19–20).

Hope in Christ, which is a natural result of our saving faith in Christ, comes through spiritual reawakening. We sense our place in the royal family and are warmed by the sweet family association. And what is our indication that we are on course? How do we know we are in the gospel harness? “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13; emphasis added). The presence of God’s Spirit is the attestation, the divine assurance that we are headed in the right direction. It is God’s seal, his anointing, his unction (see 1 John 2:20) to us that our lives are in order. John Stott, a beloved Christian writer, has observed, “A seal is a mark of ownership . . . and God’s seal, by which he brands us as belonging forever to him, is the Holy Spirit himself. The Holy Spirit is the identity tag of the Christian” (Authentic Christianity, 81).

We need not be possessed of an unholy or intemperate zeal in order to be saved; we need only be constant and dependable. God is the other party with us in the gospel covenant. He is the controlling partner. He lets us know, through the influence of the Spirit, that the gospel covenant is still intact and the supernal promises are sure. The Savior invites us to learn the timeless and comforting lesson that “he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come” (D&C 59:23). Peace. Hope. Assurance. These things come to us by virtue of the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and as a natural result of our new creation. They serve as an anchor to the soul, a solid and steady reminder of who we are and Whose we are.

6 Comments »

  1. Mr. Millet,
    This is a meditation in itself. The whole world, in the time that we live in is clamoring for peace. With the natural disasters, political and civil strife with the wars and rumors of wars if there was ever a time for peace it is now.

    It is so unfortunate though that people turn to “other gods” of wood and stone that have not ears and cannot bring them peace.

    Jesus alone can provide the peace that passes understanding.

    This was a blessing to read.

    Thank you and peace by multiplied unto you,
    Selina

    Comment by Selina Volufiline — April 2, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  2. I haven’t had to blog as I used to, but I got my computer out today to pay a couple of bills and wandered onto Mormon Archipelago and just for fun, hit the last link on the list.

    Oh. My. Heck. I had no idea you had a blog. You are my hero. I am your biggest fan/aka stalker, I think I’ve written you several letters–no response, but I’d be nervous about me if I were you, too, so it’s all good.

    Your book “Steadfast and Immoveable” gives me immeasurable hope. I’d say it changed my life, but that’s still a work in progress. I’ve quoted you over and over again, though, and sometimes, sadly, it’s a rather desperate attempt to get my fellow ward members to understand where I’m coming from when I say we’re far too task oriented a people and they look askance. It’s a lonely old world out there for members like me. Thank you, thank you.

    Comment by annegb — April 24, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  3. “Sin and neglect of duty result in disunity of the soul, inner strife, and confusion”

    Do you feel this is always the case? At times when I read the scriptures, it can be confusing to me to read what God required of His children. He commanded Nephi to kill a defenseless man, does that not create inner strife and confusion to the soul? I have always wondered why Laban wasn’t already dead (from alcohol poisoning, etc.) and why Nephi was required to take his life instead. Did this not create confusion and inner strife for Nephi? Also, many things about Joseph Smith’s life create confusion and inner strife. Is it possible that because we cannot fully comprehend God’s ways that at times we will feel confused and suffer inner strife in relation to God, due to lack of understanding? I respectfully submit that peace is not always something we feel when we are trying to do His will, in fact, it can bring confusion and inner strife as we may wonder if we are doing the right thing at all. I don’t believe that we necessarily need to be sinning or shirking our duty to feel these types of feelings, we may just want to understand His ways and struggle to do so.

    Comment by Jen — April 25, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  4. You write…”Sin and neglect of duty result in disunity of the soul, inner strife, and confusion. On the other hand repentance, forgiveness, and rebirth bring quiet and rest and peace. While sin results in disorder, the Holy Spirit is an organizing principle that brings order and congruence.” What a perfect summary and invitation to walk in peace with our Heavenly Father and all others. I appreciate your writings so much. I would love to read your thoughts on Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins”, if you are familiar with it. It is creating such a stir and your wise and balanced perspective could contribute to the conversation a great deal.

    Comment by Dave Campbell — May 1, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

  5. Amen, Brother Bob. The trick is maintaining that peace, while the whole world is in commotion. Meditation is the communication of the soul. At some point we have to realize that it is the best way to shut out the noise. Peace not as the world knows, but as the Savior taught and exemplified.

    Comment by Dave H. — May 13, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

  6. There is a meditation.man want peace .but when they do sin they only think about a selfish

    Comment by jonemaster — October 31, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

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