By Martin Cisneros
The covenant of peace in Isaiah 54 is a covenant that Jesus made in His own Blood, according to Colossians 1:20. Jesus never spoke to the Gentiles about taking up their Cross and following Him. Taking up a Cross and following anyone would be being lead exactly where you didn't want to go. Jesus was telling Jews that He was taking them exactly where they didn't want to go. All that's spoken to Gentiles, by comparison, is Ephesians 5:1 about being an imitation of God, Philippians 2:5 about having the same mind, mentality, and identity as Christ Jesus, becoming an imitation of St. Paul, according to 1Corinthians 4:16 and 1Corinthians 11:1, and becoming an imitation of Onesimus, according to Philemon 1:17.
His Cross removes the performance based ego and restores to us performance based death to self and reality of the Son of God arisen with healing in His wings through us. Yes, His grace teaches us to deny ungodliness, according to Titus 2:11-12. But, St. Paul's Gospel is very performance based with praying without ceasing, overflowing in thanksgiving to give all of the aspects of redemption through the Cross foundation and roots, according to Colossians 2:6-7, and bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ's High Priestly ministry through bringing them into obedience to the death of self by only thinking the thoughts of Christ Jesus and of His Apostles after them, according to 2Corinthians 10:3-6 and countless other passages.
Lots of people haven't made a distinction between the unconditional peace of acceptance in the beloved through the finished work of Christ and the Cross of a disciple that dictates all that they'll say, all that they'll do, all that they'll ever hope, (i.e. expect,) and all that they'll ever become. Life and that more abundantly isn't by chance and isn't an eschatological event. It's an obedient presenting of one's self to God as alive from the dead and with every member of one's self and of one's nature being an instrument of righteousness, according to Romans 6. Every word, every thought, and every deed in the Name of Jesus, according to Colossians 3:17.
It's a process, but it's the only process that one is after irrespective of what one's mission in life is that has been appointed to them by Christ Jesus, their High Priest, as they knelt before Him and received His knighthood and ambassadorship to where and to whom He's sent them. Everything else is smoke and mirrors and trivial in comparison with being the living representation of the invisible Christ according to 1John 2:6, 2Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 5:30, Colossians 1:27, Ephesians 2:6, Ephesians 3:19, Romans 13:12, 2Corinthians 13:5, Ephesians 1:23, Philippians 2:5, 1John 4:17, Colossians 3:17 and many, many other passages.