Peace of Christ

Peace of Christ

Daily Reading: (Colossians 3:15-17):

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Today’s facet of peace: When speaking of the Messiah’s peace it means the way that leads to peace (salvation).I am grateful for the addition of the word salvation in the Greek definition. Sozo/Salvation is to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction: to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health.

Let the peace of Christ (as in the salvation of the Lord) that He saves us, keep us safe and sound, rescues us from danger or destruction, makes us well, heals, and restore us to health lead you to His peace ruling in your hearts.

You could at any time allow the peace of Christ to rule in your heart or not. This is clear in the Greek:

Brabeuō: to decide, determine to direct, control, rule and it adds that you are the umpire. What a great picture of how this works. Life throws the ball across the plate and you decide, you make the judgment call all the time. No matter what comes let’s choose the peace of Christ.

The called to peace part of Colossians 3:15 is not written in the original Greek manuscript. It should read like this: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed you were called in one body and be thankful.”  Now this makes sense because all around this verse Paul is talking about our interaction with other believers and that we are called to one body, meaning the church universal. You have a calling to the Body of Christ (Colossians 3:15). 

The question to be asked is, “how do we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts?” The Apostle Paul gives us five different ways in the next two verses (Colossians 3:16-17).

1) Dwell in the Message of Christ Richly

2) Admonish One Another with Wisdom from the Spirit 

3) Sing to God with Gratitude in Your Hearts 

4) Do All in the Name of the Lord 

5) Give Thanks to God through Jesus

Peace with God

Peace with God

Daily Reading: (Romans 5:1-2):

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”

Before we received salvation through Christ we were not at peace with God and it was impossible for peace to be with us. Sin had separated us from a holy and righteous God.

Right away the first word in the first verse that we encounter is a therefore- which gives us the clue that Paul is mid-thought. “Therefore” in verse 1 speaks to what Paul was referencing in chapter 4- so our peace with God and our understanding in it- insight is gained as we read chapter four.

Romans 4:3: “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Righteousness or right standing with God was based upon faith for Abraham not law-based living as this is reinforced in verse 13. The point is that peace with God does not come from law-based living. Peace with God is a free gift that comes through faith by God’s grace (Romans 4:13-15a).

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have… (echo) to have and to hold. So no one and nothing can take from us (eirēnē) peace with God (Romans 5:1). Peace with God is different from “peace be with you” in that our relationship with God (salvation) does not change but the peace we receive can waver.

Paul says faith in Jesus led to peace with God and also that you were put in and established firmly in His grace. Our response should be rejoicing or boasting in our family name- that we belong to Jesus (Romans 5:2). We have hope despite what we see, despite what we feel, because we have been justified by faith and we have and hold the very peace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

 

 

Peace Be With You

Peace Be With You

Daily Reading: (2 Thessalonians 1:2):

“Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Before we get to peace we have to start with grace. I believe it is grace that leads to peace. Until we know grace, we can’t experience God’s peace. J. Hampton Keathley III says, “Grace, one might say, is the work of God for man and encompasses everything we receive from God.”[1] That would include peace.

Grace carries with it peace. So what is peace? Eirene (peace) in 2 Thessalonians 1:2 would be: security, safety, prosperity. If grace leads to our peace than peace keeps what grace gives.

Grace and Peace cannot be manufactured it comes from God (2 Thessalonians 1:2). The Greek word for “from” in 2 Thessalonians 1:2 is apo and it means of origin of a cause. This means God is the cause and source of my life’s peace.

Peter will write something over and over again making it explicit. He begins both his letters, “May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” The verb behind be multiplied is used twelve times in the New Testament and always means increase — move from lesser to greater. So, it is important to know that both grace and peace can be increased in your life (1 Peter 1:2, 2 Peter 1:2). Peter’s desire is that both grace and peace be multiplied unto us. New measures for new moments. God’s Word tells us that when you receive revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, it will cause grace and peace to be multiplied in your life. It will cause you to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness.

The more we learn of the beauty and love of our Lord Jesus, the more we see His perfect work on the cross, and the more we position ourselves to receive a multiplication of God’s grace in our lives.

When Paul would write grace and peace to you- The word “to you” implies movement. Grace and peace are on the way. More is coming. God continues to send you exactly what you need. What an awesome Father! That’s the best father there is. He is so far ahead of us, but also is with us and He is ready to give you more and more of His grace and His peace.

 

[1] J. Hampton Keathley III. https://bible.org/article/grace-and-peace