“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)
A letter to the blacksmith Costa
What such a true and merciful man does not know the meaning of these words! I think you know it but are looking for confirmation. To people who are true and merciful God Himself reveals the mysteries, though His Spirit. If you were the only blacksmith in Jerusalem when the Lord was crucified, they would not have found anyone to forge the nails.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Mat 10:34)
Thus said the Lord. Read it as if He had said, “I did not come to reconcile truth and lie, wisdom and stupidity, good and evil, justice and violence, bestiality and humanity, God and mammon; but I came to bring a sword so that I may cut and separate one from the other, so they do not mingle”
What will you cut with O Lord? With the sword of truth, or with the sword of God’s word, which is the same thing. For the truth is God’s word and God’s word is the truth. Apostle Paul advises, “Take ye up the spiritual sword which is the word of God” ( Eph 6:17) Saint John saw in a vision “The Son of Man between two candlestands” – “and from His mouth proceeded a double edged sword.“((Rev. 1, 13-16). What can the sword that proceeds from the mouth be if not the word of God, the word of truth? That is the sword that Jesus Christ brought on to the earth. That sword is for the salvation of the world, not unto the reconciling of good with evil, – then, now, always and forever.
That this understanding is correct can be seen from following words of Christ: “For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Matthew 10:35) Indeed, if the son follows Christ, yet the father remains in the darkness of lies, Christ’s sword of truth sword will divide them. The truth is dearer than his father. And if the daughter follows Christ, yet her mother stubbornly persists in her denial of Christ, what communion can there be there? Is not Christ sweeter than a mother? Likewise, with the bride and her mother-in-law.
But do not misunderstand, that one who knows and loves Christ must physically separate themselves from their relatives immediately. It does not say that. It is enough for the soul to be separate, and that he doesn’t receive any of these unbelieving thoughts and actions into his soul. For if believers separated themselves from unbelievers physically and immediately then two opposing camps would be created in the world. Who then would teach the unbelievers and correct them? The Lord himself endured having the unbelieving and unfaithful Judas with him for three years. Wise Paul writes, “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy” (I Coninthians 7: 14).
In finishing, I can declare how these words are interpreted Theophylact of Ohrid , thus: “by father and mother mother-in-law understand all that is old; by his son and daughter and daughter-in-law understand, all that is new. The Lord wants His new and Divine Commandments and teachings to conquer all our old sinful habits and customs.”
And so the words about the sword that he brings to the earth, correspond completely to Christ the peacemaker and Christ the peacegiver.Christ brings His heavenly peace, like a heavenly balm, to those who sincerely believe in Him. But he did not come to bring peace between the sons of light and sons of darkness.
Saint Nicolai Velimirovich, Missionary Letters, Part 1, Letter 9, “To a Blacksmith about the meaning of Christ’s words, “I came not to bring peace but a sword”