Peace of God

The Peace of God

Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalms 34:14)

 

Hebrew Word Shalom = completeness, wholeness, security & well-being

Shalom Aleichem (peace to you) / response: Aleichem Shalom (to you peace)

Conclusion of the Priestly blessing: "the LORD... give you peace." (Num6.22-27)

 

Whole Greeting

"Go in peace," said Jesus as He sent away the women He healed (Lk7.50 / 8.48)

Oft-used salutation in letters: Rom1.7 / 1Cor1.3 / 2Cor1.2 / Gal1.3 / Eph1.2 / Phil1.2 / Col1.2 / 1Thess1.1 / 2Thess1.2 / 1Tim1.2 / 2Tim1.2 / Tit1.4 / Phm3 / 1Pet1.2 / 2Pet1.2 / 2Jn3 / Jude2 / Rev1.4

Yet... the greeting alone is not sufficient; we must provide real needs (Jas2.16).

 

Safety & Security

Property "at peace" = safe, undisturbed by intruders, thieves (Lk11.21)

A City engaged in good things - that make for peace - at rest & safety (19.42)

At times wars & turmoil granted by God to "take peace from earth" (Rev6.4)

 

Job22:21 Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.

 

Inner Peace?

Constant struggle between flesh and spirit (Rom7.24 / Gal5.17)

Our Way Disturbed by Sin: Rom3.17 willfully ignorant and cut off from

The Forerunner, John came "to guide our feet into the way of peace" (Lk1.79)

 

He is Our Peace

Peace proclaimed to Israel - as available in Jesus (Acts10.36)

The Messiah has come and He brings us peace! Eph2.14,15,17

Got peace (1Thess5.3)? The only way we can have peace: Christ (Rom5.1)

 

Among People - reconciled relations

Jesus urged it among his disciples -- if they have "salt" (Mk9.50)

Pursued in the Kingdom -- promoting goodness (Rom14.17&19/ 1Pet3.11)

Harmony produced when we follow His way (1Cor14.33 / 2Cor13.11)

 

Keys to Peace

Justified by Faith: Made one with God (Rom5.1 / 2Cor5.20)

True Preaching: Seed is peacefully sown and peacefully grown (Jas3.18)

Holy Living: Follow the Spirit & produce His fruit (Gal5.22)

Guarded Thinking: Stands guard at the heart (Phil4.7&9 / Col3.15)

Lean on the Lord: Our whole being kept by Him in perfect security (1Thess5.23)

 

 

Now may the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

 

notes by David Teel 23Nov2015




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