PeaceBy Chad Wagner on Sunday, April 8, 2007.
Peace- I. 1. Freedom from, or cessation of, war or hostilities; that condition of a nation or community in which it is not at war with another. 4. Freedom from quarrels or dissention between individuals; a state of friendliness, concord, amity (Eph 4:3). 4b. trans. An author or maintainer of concord (Eph 2:14). 5. Freedom form mental or spiritual disturbance or conflict arising from passion, sense of guilt, etc.; peace of mind, soul, or conscience (Phi 4:7). I. The origin if true peace. 1. Our God is the God of peace (Rom 15:33; 16:20). 2. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6 c/w Isa 9:6). 3. True peace comes from the God (Col 1:2). II. The peace that Jesus made for us. 1. Jesus came and made peace between He and His elect (Luk 2:14; Col 1:20 c/w Rom 4:25-5:2 c/w Gal 2:16). 2. We (the elect) were enemies and at enmity with God at that time (Eph 2:1-3; Rom 5:10; Rom 8:7-8; Col 1:21). Enemy- I. An unfriendly or hostile person 1. One that cherishes hatred, that wishes or seeks to do ill to another; also in weaker sense, an adversary, antagonist, opponent 2. One belonging to a hostile army or nation; an armed foe. Enmity- 1. The disposition or the feelings characteristic of an enemy; ill-will, hatred 2. The condition of being an enemy; a state or mutual hostility; esp. in phrase at or in enmity. 3. Jesus brought us to peace with Him when he reconciled us by the cross (Col 1:20-21; 2Co 5:18-19). The reconciliation was completed and all of the elect were reconciled and brought to peace with God. Reconcile- I. 1. trans. To bring (a person) again into friendly relations to or with (oneself or another) after an estrangement. 4. To bring (a person) back to, into peace, favor, etc. 4. Natural, carnal men have no peace, especially with God (Rom 3:17; 8:6-8), but the regenerate man has peace with God (Rom 8:6). 5. Jesus made peace between the Jews and Gentiles (Luk 2:14; Eph 2:14-16). 6. Jesus gives His children peace, but not as the world thinks of it (Joh 14:27; 16:33). III. The peace that Jesus DID NOT bring. 1. Jesus did NOT come to bring peace on earth or world peace (Luk 12:51; Mat 10:34-40; Mat 19:29; Luk 14:26; Luk 18:29-30). 2. The antichrist, like our politicians will claim to bring peace and safety (1Th 5:3; 2Th 2:3-9) and will destroy many by peace (Dan 8:25). 3. Israel said the same thing before God destroyed Jerusalem by the hand of the Babylon (Jer 6:14). IV. The peace that comes through the gospel. 1. The gospel brings a hope of peace to those who hear it, repent, and come into fellowship with Jesus (Act 10:36; Rom 10:15; Eph 2:17; Rom 2:10; 15:13) 2. But, to the natural man, the gospel is a message of death, condemnation (2Co 2:14-16), and foolishness (1Co 1:18; 2:14). 3. There is peace in the church (Rom 14:17; 2Co 13:11; Eph 4:1-3; Col 3:15). (A) God is the author of peace in the church (1Co 14:33). (B) This includes keeping women silent in the church (1Co 14:34-35; 1Ti 2:11-14). 4. We will have peace if we read the Bible, listen to God’s ministers, and DO those things (Phi 4:9). 5. We obtain peace through the knowledge of God (2Pe 1:2). 6. We can obtain a peace through prayer that will comfort us even if we don’t understand what is going on (Phi 4:6-7). 7. We get rest for our souls, which is peace, through believing the gospel (Heb 4:3,11; Mat 11:28-30). Rest- 4d. Spiritual or mental peace; quiet or tranquility of mind. 4e. Quietness, peacefulness, tranquility in nature.