Rom. 14:17 “For the Kingdom
is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy
in the Holy Ghost.”
It is my desire to dwell on
the word “peace.” There seems to be so little of it in the
world. If you would allow me to make play on words, did you
notice that peace is right in the middle of the description
of the Kingdom of God?
Two of the primary thoughts
portrayed by Strongs concerning peace are quietness and
rest. The world’s definition of peace is the absence of a
conflict. It is my desire to discuss true peace for
the wayfaring child of God as he continues on his
Who is the author of peace?
(Is. 9:6) “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is
given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and
His name shall be called Wonderful, counselor, the mighty
God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
When Jesus was born, the
heavenly host praised God and said in (Luke. 2:14) “Glory
to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
man.” (Jn. 14:27) Jesus said. “Peace I leave
with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth,
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let
it be afraid.”
How important is peace? In the
(7th chap. Num.) as Moses had fully set up the Tabernacle,
many animals were sacrificed for a peace offering as well as
a burnt offering.
In almost every instance the
Apostles began their epistles by their salutations to the
Churches saying; (Grace be to you, and peace, from God our
father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ). This should be
sufficient to establish peace as one of the components of
the Kingdom of God.
I want to acknowledge that I
first heard the following expression used by Elder Pat Young
and it made a lasting impression on me. (Bro. Pat, I hope
you don’t mind me borrowing this from you. If I alter your
thought it will be through my ignorance. The essence of it
was: God is at peace with us through the finished work of
His Son. Are we at peace with the finished work of His Son?
We understand that God gave Adam a commandment in the garden
and that man transgressed that righteous law of God and
consequently was guilty of sin and God was not at peace with
man. What a dreadful and cursed condition we were in. God
gave us the law and it was weak because of the weakness of
our flesh. Consequently, God was not at peace with us
because of our failure to keep the law. (Rom. 8: 13) “For
what the law could not do in that it was weak through the
flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” God did not
do away with the law but His Son came and fulfilled it.
(2nd Cor. 5:18-19) “And all
things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of
reconciliation.” (V-19) To wit, that God was in
Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing
their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the
word of reconciliation].” In (Jn. 17:4) “I have
glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which
thou gavest me to do.”
God in now reconciled because
he is satisfied with and has accepted that perfect offering
of His Son. He is at peace with us now because of His
perfect work. The sin of all the elect family of God has now
been atoned for.
God made a new covenant with
the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. (Jer.
31:32) declares that they broke that old covenant which he
made with their fathers as He led them out of Egypt. The old
were written on tablets. This new covenant says He will put
His law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts.
This is the covenant in force now. (Jer.31:33) “[But this
shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of
Israel; after these things are of God, who hath reconciled
us to Himself by Jesus Christ.” Notice how He did it, by
His Son. Back to Col. 1:20, Notice that all things were
reconciled unto Himself. Whether they be things in earth, or
things in heaven.
I am persuaded, that heaven is
a place of perfection and hope to be carried there one day.
I am satisfied there has never been, there is not now, nor
shall there ever be any imperfections in heaven. It is the
very abode of God.
Let us once more remember the
definition of reconcile, (again – re-anew, conciliation – to
bring together.) If it was necessary to bring together again
things, then we must conclude that something or someone
(God) was not satisfied. Who was offended and who was the
In my simple mind, I can see
man as he stood before the bar of justice and his only
answer could be guilty, guilty. God’s law had been broken
and it demanded that justice be meted out. Truth was a
witness against us also declaring that man is guilty. God’s
justice cried out for satisfaction. I am convinced these are
some of the things that He reconciled to Himself.
Mercy pleaded our case and God
gave us a mediator. (I Tim. 2:5) “For there is one God
and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:”
a mediator must be able to communicate with the ones he is
mediating with. Jesus was verily God and verily man. If any
man would come to God he must come through the mediator.
Remember, the Law was broken and no justice had been given.
The mediator is one. Some men have endeavored to place
themselves in the position of a mediator. These men are
verily men but they are not verily God. They cannot mediate
This man Christ Jesus came
into this world and He fulfilled God’s Law to a jot and
title. He made satisfaction. He went to the cross and made
satisfaction with Justice. God’s justice had been meted out
to the mediator. Our surety was required to pay our debt.
The sword of justice fell upon the very Son of God.
The law and justice were
satisfied here on earth and the Father in heaven accepted
that sacrifice and that precious blood that was shed for you
and I trust for myself; it atoned for our vile sins. (PS.
85:10-11) (V10) “Mercy and truth are met together;
Notice what the Lord has
promised to Jerusalem. (The church) (Is. 66:12) “For thus
saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her (The
church) like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a
flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon
her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.”
Brethren, let us draw near to
God and he has promised to draw near to us. We then will be
able to go forth in a turbulent world with peace in our
Remember the definition of
peace. (Rest and quietness) (Is. 33:20) “Look upon Zion, the
city of our solemnities: thine eye shall see Jerusalem, (the
church) a quiet habitation.” It is a place of peace and
quietness and a refuge from the storms of life. A place to
find rest and eat from the table set by the Lord for His
(Is. 32:17) “[And the work of righteousness shall be peace;
and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance
forever].” (V-18) “ And my people shall dwell in a peaceable
habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting
places.” You will find that peace and quietness in an
orderly Church of God.
I close with the words of the
Apostles salutation: Grace, mercy, and peace, from the
Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
May God grant us to rest in
this peace that passeth all understanding until he comes and
takes his children home?