PEACE, PEACE
                                                           October 26, 2008

 

   Among the basic doctrines of our faith, none is more satisfying than the doctrine of peace.

As we endeaver to understand this wonderful gift from God, we will attempt to cover the two

main types of peace that God offers to all, (1) The Peace with God, and (2) The Peace of God.

   First of all, perfect peace is divine in its origin, seeing that the three Persons of the blessed

Trinity are united in its application.

    I Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 16;20  God the Father is the God of peace.

   Isaiah 9:6; Ephesians 2:14  God the Son is the Prince and Personification of peace.

   Galatians 5:22  God the Spirit provides the Fruit of peace.

 

                                                             PEACE WITH GOD

 

   Exodus 12:13; II Corinthians 5:19-21; Colossians 1:20  The very essence of the Gospel is

 that the blood of the cross of Christ brought  peace and reconciliation with God the Father.

   This peace is not obtained by our fluctuating feelings but a permanent fact that the finished

work of Christ on the cross is an established truth, it has been completed, it is a 'done deal'.

   Ephesians 2:12-14  This peace with God is not something intangible, but it is a Person.

   Romans 5:1; 15:13  We appropriate and can abound in His wonderful peace through trusting

God by faith.

   John 20:19  The first words to His disciples after His resurrection was "Peace be unto you".

He assured them of the fact that he had conquered death and the grave for all who will believe.

   Luke 2:10-14  At the time of the birth of Jesus the heavenly choir sang the anthem of 'peace'

because of what His life and especially His death would bring for all mankind.

   John 20:21  The first installment of peace that He had obtained for us was given to His

disciples for the work of the ministry that He had called them to, see II Corinthians 5:18-20.

   John 14:27; 16:33  Through trials and tribulations, Jesus has promised that His peace will

comfort and keep us calm if we believe and trust Him.

   I Thessalonians 5:23-24  We have the written promise from God that the God of peace will

'set us apart' as we await His coming to a war-weary world.

 

                                                              PEACE OF GOD

 

   Not all of us who are at peace with God, have peace within our heart. We have title to peace,

but sometimes we fail to enjoy the inheritance of peace that is ours to enjoy. The devil takes

joy in robbing the believer of this inner peace that we should enjoy, causing us to dispute our

very standing in grace and creating doubts and fears within. He knows that he cannot steal our

pardon, so he continues to try and steal our peace.

   Galatians 6:14-16  Peace within us flows from purity of heart. There is a "walk" that we are to

take in our Christian life that will help keep us on the right path to the peace of God.

                     Romans 6:4  Walk in newness of life.

                     II Corinthians 5:7  Walk by faith.

                     Galatians 5:16  Walk in the Spirit.

                     Ephesians 4:1  Walk consistantly day by day.

                     Ephesians 5:2  Walk in love.

                     I John 1:7  Walk in the light.

                     II John 4  Walk in the truth.

   Psalms 77:6; I Corinthians 11:28  We must conclude each day with a self-examination of

matters between God and our own soul.

   Philippians 4:6-7  Prior to Paul telling us that we can have the "peace of God that passeth

all understanding"..., he underscores the pre-conditions that we must meet to have such peace;

(1) Be careful for nothing (2) Be prayerful in everything (3) Be thankful.

   Psalms 119:165; Isaiah 26:3; 48:18  We can be 'blessed' with peace, we can have a 'great'

peace, and we can have a 'perfect' peace if we concentrate and meditate on God's Word.