The world searches for peace -- peace with self, peace in relationships, and peace among nations.  Yet, such a greatly desired commodity remains elusive and beyond the grasp of mankind.   Much energy is expended in a search for solutions to the conflicts of life but unfortunately this all too often fails to accomplish the desired end.  Man seeks to solve problems through humanly devised techniques and activities and does experience a degree of success.  However, the results may be short-lived and when the problems resurface they are of greater intensity.  While mankind may say there is lasting peace, Scripture counters that proposition with the words … “While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3 NASB).  Though this passage has specific reference to the return of Christ for His Church, it does describe the uncertainty and insecurity that comes from man’s attempts to achieve peace apart from knowing the God of peace.  All peace comes from God and begins with God.  Forty-nine times in his letters the Apostle Paul cites that peace is inseparably linked to the Godhead.  In his epistle to the churches in Rome, the apostle prays that   … “the God of peace be with you all.  Amen” (Rom. 15:33 NIV). Note carefully the exactness of his request and the preposition that he uses. It is for the God “of” peace to be with them. Paul is addressing believers in Jesus Christ – those who already have peace “with” God through having placed their faith in the fact that Christ died on the Cross for their sins, that He fully bore the penalty and punishment for those sins and that God accepted that one time sacrificial death as the only basis for mankind to have peace with God. God the Father attached His seal of confidence on the finished work of Christ on the Cross by raising Him from the dead.  Thus the writer to the Hebrews unequivocally states the quality, magnitude and scope of that substitutionary sacrifice on behalf of the human race … “Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself” (Heb. 7:27 NIV). The proclamation from heaven would ring out to all mankind … “As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."   For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Rom. 10:11-13 NIV).  Any individual, by an act of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, instantly possesses peace with God and is a new creation in Christ.  Now God is free in grace to pour His unnumbered blessings on His child and among the greatest of all is the peace “of” God. All the writers of the New Testament, knowing that believers in every generation would face persecution because of their faith in Christ, prayed that Christians would experience the peace that comes from God.  Jude prayed that ... “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance” (Jude 2 NIV). Paul wrote … “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace” (Col. 3:15 NIV). Peter desired that… “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2 NIV).  Peter reveals the key to possessing the peace of God – that of consistently pursuing knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. Biblical truth must be taught, learned, believed by faith and applied to the circumstances of life. Then the Spirit of God will produce in the life of a Christian His fruit … “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23a NIV).

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