The God of Peace.
God is a God of peace in two ways…..
…in HIs very attributes He is peace….nothing “ruffles” Him….nothing takes Him by surprise….
….all things move forward…at His time and at His decree.
God is also a God of peace….to us, who have been born again….for we are in Christ Jesus.
First, He can be at peace with us, because of His Son’s life, sacrifice, resurrection, and ascension in power.
Second He sets our hearts right, practically….giving us peace by His Holy Spirit from sin and self.
Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do His Will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
I love the book of Hebrews…
(I once taught a Sunday school class in it for two years…..Hebrews has amazing lessons which are written to to a weak and wobbly people. But aren’t we weak and wobbly at times? That is why it was so amazing….every lesson dealing with something the devil uses to trick or “shake” us.)
….it starts out with Christ in the Heavens….having come and “spoken” to us of HIs Father God….drawing our eyes up to heaven where Christ sits at the right hand of God in all power…for us.
….and ends…calling each of us to “let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.”
….and then Paul prays to the God of peace….
….Who raised Jesus from the death of perfect sacrifice….and accepted His blood in payment for our sin…
….that the mighty God of peace….would “make you”….mold and shape us…that our outward obediences would be in love to Him (perfect means complete; and nothing is complete without love to Him)
…and that inwardly, we would be molded into His character….through Jesus Christ.
Let me tell you about the power of Christ’s life…..for this whole book is a praise to Him:
He came….and manifested HIs Father.
He came….as very God and very Man, under the angels….to elevate us into the Presence and Peace of God.
He came….as a High Priest to sacrifice Himself to God….not under Aaron’s priesthood, but under Melchisedec.
He came and ascended, and is now before the throne of God….for us. (Hebrews 9:11-12)
He came that we might come before God…..by Him (Hebrews 10:19-20)
Then the writer warns….we who have received Christ….must live by faith in Him, and “hold on”,….and gives examples of those who by faith, did.
Then the writer says…
Hebrews 12:2-4 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the enjoy that was set before Him endured the cross despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”
This world is in chaos….and we too are affected, often. But, praise God, He is peace….and bids us receive His peace and stand with Him.
God is a God of Peace to us, because of Christ.
In Christ’s life we have all things we need.
Hallelujah what a Savior!