Summary: God is the Source of our Peace. God alone brings peace. Jesus Christ is the One who gives peace. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart.” The Supernatural peace of Jesus is His gift to us.
Can anyone tell me the Hebrew word for Peace? (Shalom).
Can anyone tell me the meaning of the word Shalom?
When someone says, “Shalom,” the full meaing of it is, “May you have the highest good coming your way.”
This month we are considering the Supernatural Stream of God’s Peace & Rest
The biblical concept of peace is not the absence of trouble. Biblical peace is something that is not related to circumstances or situations.
We can be in the midst of a problem and still experience the peace the bible speaks of.
The Apostle Paul said he could be content in any circumstance; he demonstrated that peace in the jail at Philippi, he sang and remained confident that God was being gracious to him.
He told the Philippian jailer about God’s goodness and the jaliler and his family were saved.
James, the half-brother of Jesus, same mother different Father, James wrote, “when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (James 1:2).
How can we experience the kind of peace that cannot be affected by trouble, danger, or sorrow?
It’s a little ironic that one of the best descriptions of Biblical peace was given by Jesus the night before He died on the Cross.
Jesus knew what was coming next, He knew what He would face, yet He took the time to comfort His disciples with a message of peace in John 14:27:
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
The peace Jesus speaks of enables believers to be calm in fearful circumstances. It is a peace that is never affected by circumstance.
The New Testament speaks of two kinds of peace:
objective peace and subjective peace
Objective peace is about our relationship to God, Subjective peace is about our experiences in life.
When we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, we enter into a relationship with God, we enter into a covenant of peace with God.
This peace is objective it has nothing to do with how we feel or think. It is an accomplished peace.
Romans 5:1-5 says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
When we place our trust in Christ, we are redeemed, we are declared righteous by faith.
Our sins are forgiven and we have peace with God. That was God’s wonderful purpose in salvation.
Colossians 1:19-22 says “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”
Because Christ died for our sins, we are reconciled with God, we have peace with God because of what Jesus has done.
This is the heart of the message of the gospel, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
But Jesus is not talking about objective peace in John 14:27. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
The peace Jesus speaks of here is a subjective, experiential peace.
It’s tranquility of the soul, it’s settled, it’s positive,
it’s a peace that affects the circumstances of life.
It is a supernatural stream of peace,