In order to spare you from having an extra long post, I decided to break up last week’s post What Is The Peace of God into two parts. This post covers some definitions of peace, what they have in common, and then summarizing what the peace of God is and what the peace of God does. I hope you enjoy!
Peace Relates To Our Entire Being (Not Just a Feeling)
When looking at the New Testament I found many scriptures that broke down into one of two Greek words when referring to “peace.”
Strong’s Greek 1515 – eiréné– God of peace
-peace of mind
-sense of health (welfare) of individual
-wholeness, essential parts joined together
(See: Romans 3:17, 5:01, 8:06, 14:17, 15:13, 15:33 | 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
Strong’s Greek 1514 –eiréneu— Live in peace
-to be peaceful
-keep the peace
-be at peace
–bring to peace
-living in condition of God’s peace
-integrity of being
(See: John 14:02 | 1 Corinthians 7:15 | Philippians 4:07, 4:09 | Colossians 3:15, 1:02 | Hebrews 13:20)
You’ll notice that wholeness is in both Greek definitions.
The peace of God connects to our whole person, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Just like anxiety or brokenness, God’s peace can affect us entirely, too.(If you want learn more about that please see: Anxiety Crushes Our Spirit & Affects How We Love God & How Can God Save The Crushed In Spirit?)
The peace of God is part of the transformation of the renewing of our mind.
(ESV) Romans 12:02, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Changes in us spiritually and mentally will affect us emotionally and physically. What happens inwardly will surface, good or bad. We will bear the fruit of the flesh or the Spirit, death or life. Remember the scripture from last week?
(ESV) Philippians 4:07, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I believe that the peace of God is part of the transformation that happens in the Christian because of our Lord, Jesus. We have the peace of God knowing our salvation is in Jesus Christ. Our sins have been paid off by the death and resurrection of Christ for all who put their faith in HIm. We are justified in Him and His imputed righteousness.
The peace of God also relates to the edification and sanctification that happens to us through trials, conviction of sin, rebuke, repentance, and overall growth in the Spirit. A transformation that God alone can create within us that far surpasses our own understanding.
(ESV) Revelation 3:19, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” (See also: Hebrews 12:05-06)
The connection is we cannot do anything on our own. We truly need the help of Jesus Christ. We need His salvation because we are a sinner. In receiving the grace of God beause of the atonement sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can experience the peace of God.
What Does The Peace of God Do & What Is It ?
– It affects our entire being – mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
– It directs us to the truth of Jesus Christ, regardless of what trials we are in
– The peace of God can thrive in trials because humility forces us to turn to Jesus Christ instead of self. We cannot be our own confliction and peace. God is our peace and refuge.
-It strengthens us in times of weakness to trust Jesus and His truth
– It surpasses all understanding
– It has a role in the transformation of the Christian, beginning with salvation and including sanctification and holiness.
– It is more about the Lord, Jesus than it is about us feeling good
– It could relate to an experience of feeling calm, but this is only one aspect of it. The feeling of peace during a trial relates moreso to the love and knowledge we have of Jesus Christ, and His love for us. HE surpasses all understanding. HE is our Rock and Anchor. HE keeps us steady in unsteady waters. HE is our peace. Christ alone is where we receive peace.
(ESV) Isaiah 9:06, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The fact that the Lord, Jesus has conquered sin is enough to give us peace because in trials God will use hardship for His glory and our refinement. While our flesh wants to focus on the negative and the uncomfortable, God can even use the painful things of life to humble us, and because He conquered the flesh, Christ can help us conquer the flesh, too!!! (Romans 8:37)
Next time, I’d like to share some very practical ways in which we can seek out the peace of God.
- What Is The Gospel – To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
- If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
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