Vol. 19, No. 1 – January 5, 2020
Jesus Christ is the “Lord of Peace,” as noted in 2 Thes 3:16, because He defeated Satan and sin upon the Cross that results in a reconciliation between God and the believer in Jesus Christ. As such, He brought the Gospel of Peace to mankind. In addition, His Word gives us peace within our souls. Therefore, based on these alone, not to mention the many other things He does that provide us peace, He is the Lord of Peace.
2 Thes 3:16, “Now may the Lord of Peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circum-stance. The Lord be with you all!”
That is why Paul wrote in Rom 5:1; 8:6; 15:13; Phil 4:7; Col 3:15, of the tranquil state of a soul that is assured of its salvation through Christ, fearing nothing from God, and consequently content with its earthly lot, whatever it is.
Rom 5:1-2, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have obtained our introduce-tion by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
Rom 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Col 3:14-17, “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17What-ever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Rom 8:6, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Phil 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in every-thing by prayer and supplication with thanks-giving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God’s peace is indepen-dent of outside conditions and is the fruit of an objective, real salvation with God, arising from reconciliation with God and a sense of His Divine favor in your life.
Psa 4:8, “In peace (SHALOM) I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.”
John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have trib-ulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
1 Cor 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”
When the Bible says “The God of Peace,” it also means He is the author and giver of Divine blessings, Rom 15:33; 16:20; Phil 4:9; 1 Thes 5:23; Heb 13:20.
1 Thes 5:23, “Now may the God of Peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Phil 4:9, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of Peace will be with you.”
Heb 13:20-21, “Now the God of Peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
True peace is a blessing of which God alone is the author, Job 25:2; Psa 147:14; Isa 45:7. He, the author of peace, is the only One who can bestow it upon the righteous, Gen 15:15, upon Abraham; 2 Kings 22:20, upon Josiah, Psa 37:37, upon the perfect man; Psa 119:165, upon those who love God’s Word, Prov 3:1-2, upon those who follow
Divine wisdom, Psa 4:8; Job 5:23; Isa 32:17, and therefore upon you.
Thus, it is a gift which God desires to impart to all His people, Jer 29:11, but which He is often unable to grant because of their sins, Isa 48:18; Jer 4:10, 14.
Jer 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare (SHALOM) and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Isa 48:18, “If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being (SHALOM) would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
As such, the attitude of peace within you is acquired through your new relationship with God. Unfortunately, Satan has declared war, but you and I are ambassadors of peace, 2 Cor 5:18-21, as such, we take the Gospel of peace wherever we go. In turn, you affect your surroundings with peace, as it says in Mat 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Literally it means, “those who make peace.”
Therefore, we as believers in Jesus Christ, the Lord of Peace, the God of Peace and the Prince of Peace, are admonished to bring that peace to and live peaceably with all men, if it is possible, Rom 12:18; Heb 12:14; James 3:18.
Rom 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”
James 3:18, “And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Therefore, we are to seek peace and to pursue it, 1 Peter 3:11, especially with our fellow believers, 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 4:3; 1 Thes 5:13; 2 Tim 2:22.
2 Cor 13:11, “Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
As we have noted, the Gospel is a peace-bringing power, in the midst of the warfare of the Angelic Conflict. It brings us peace tells us to fight to keep it as well as give it to others. Therefore, if we are warring with the devil, we are at peace with God; and if we are at peace with the devil, we are warring with God.
Those who know Christ have His peace and have this same mission. This is the difference with our mission and other religious missions. We are not taking life; we are offering life and peace.
Heb 12:14, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”
2 Peter 3:14, “Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.”
Prov 3:13, “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains under-standing.14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.”
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.
So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!