The Peace of Christ
January 22, 2017
The peace that Christ gives is different than peace which we expect in the world. It is a spiritual peace, an inner peace that embraces peace with oneself, peace with God, and peace with our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Peace in the world means a cessation of hostilities between groups. We have the peace of Christ even in the midst of the troubles that we face in this world. - Bernie Parsons
The Peace of Christ
by Bernie Parsons
Presented to Globe church of Christ on 01-22-2017
Presented to Load church of Christ on 01-29-2017
In the last lesson I spoke of pursuing peace in order to enhance relationships. I feel that many who profess Christianity may not understand the role of peace in our lives. Some dont even understand the peace that Christ spoke about while with His disciples.
John 14:27 "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."
When we think of peace, we generally think of an end to fighting, a cessation of hostilities. The peace that Jesus gives is not the same as what the world offers as peace. Jesus spoke of an entirely different sort of peace. He spoke of a peace of mind, a peace of heart. It is a peace that takes away fear and allows the heart to remain calm even in the midst of troubles.
Matthew 10:21 "And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life
for my sake shall find it."
John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:
again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 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.
Jesus encouraged His followers to be cheerful amidst the coming tribulation.
Romans 5:1 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
Our peace is with God, through Christ. Our troubles lead to patience, giving us experience, which produces hope, and therein have we peace.
Mark 9:49 "For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another."
I spoke last time of Christians as salt and light, the city set on the hill to be observed. The one place on earth where we should find peace is among our Christian brothers and sisters. If the peace of Christ abides with us, we will maintain peace with one another in the body of Christ.
Romans 12:18 "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
Romans 14:19 "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."
The goal for the Christian is not just to live a life of peace, but to have peace with his brothers and sisters in order to build one another up. The resultant mature Christian can then deal with whatever troubles come his way with an inner peace.