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Treaty of Wallingford  1153.

From 1135 to 1153, a civil war raged between Empress Matilda and her cousin King Stephen of England, over the English crown. Wallingford Castle (above) was part of one of the disputes, as rival castles were built by King Stephen. The Treaty of Wallingford brought peace and an end to the civil war. It was initially agreed on the banks of the Thames, at Wallingford, and later formally ratified at Winchester Cathedral.


The need for a treaty between Matilda and Stephen reminds us of the need for peace between humanity and God. As a race, we have a long history (back to Adam in fact) of preferring to go our own way, rather than obeying God. This disobedience is called sin, and it is a barrier to peace between us and God. The good news is the Bible says “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5v1.) The Bible describes Jesus Christ as a mediator, i.e. one who brings two enemies together. The only way to have general peace in our lives, is to have peace with God. The legal basis on which we can have peace with God, is the fact that Jesus Christ died for our sins 2000 years ago. To benefit from this amazing sacrifice, you simply must place your faith in Jesus Christ. You must believe that He died for your sins