The Peace of God
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:15
From the beginning and throughout His ministry while on earth Jesus spoke of peace. He taught the disciples when they entered a home to speak peace to the house and those in it. He commanded demons to hold their peace and come out of the man possessed with many of them. He also said to the woman who kissed His feet and anointed them with oil, “Your faith has saved you, go in peace.” Luke 7:50
Throughout His ministry Jesus spoke of peace and imparted His peace to the disciples.
“PeaceI leave with you, my peaceI give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
As He commissioned the disciples for their ministry before His ascension while they were gathered together in the room after His resurrection He spoke peace to them.
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost…” Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. John 20:19-23
It is clear that Jesus sent His disciples into the world as agents of peace, to share the message of peace, to speak peace wherever they went, to whomever they encountered, whatever the need. Why? Because fundamentally, at the very heart of every human being there is a tendency to be afraid. It is stamped on the human DNA because of sin.
The message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is first and foremost that God is no longer dissatisfied and angry with men because of sin, because Jesus has taken on Himself the sins of us all. The sin debt has been paid by Him once and for all. Now God is inviting whosoever will to come and receive Him and be changed, be transformed from the old sin nature to walk in newness of life in a attitude and relationship of peace, joy, wholeness, health, prosperity in abundance.
Peace (noun) — a state of tranquility or quiet: freedom from civil disturbance; a state of security or order; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions, harmony in personal relations;
The Scriptures define peace as freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.
“God’s favor and blessings, both temporal and spiritual…” Isaiah 26:12
“…peace [that is, freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin].” Matthew 10:13
“…peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].” 2 Peter 3:14
When we speak peace we are speaking freedom from all things that agitate and keep us in a state of unrest. We are given the gift of peace from Jesus. It is the peace that passes all understanding. It is this same peace that we are commissioned to preach to the world.
“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God…” Ephesians 2:15-19
Throughout the Scriptures and frequently in the Letters to the Church peace is referenced. The apostle Paul greeted the churches with words of peace. Let these words rest in your heart.
“To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:7
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:2
“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ…” Galatians 1:3
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians1: 2
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:2
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:2
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 1:4
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philemon 3
“…Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” 1 Peter 1:2
In Peter’s two letters he also greets the church with words of peace.
“Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:14
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord…” 2 Peter 1:2
John and Jude in their letters likewise sent the same greeting.
“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.” 2 John 3
“Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” Jude 2
God wants us in peace always, in His peace, surrounded by His grace and mercy, filled with His love. Peace, love, mercy and grace be multiplied to you now in Jesus’ name.