Peace: Tied Back Into the Whole

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

My average day...

Anxious thoughts - idols, unfortunate points of meditation (another pastor stated) (Psalm 37; 94; 139:23-24; Phil 4:6)

Anxious or fearful heart - overwhelming concern, fear, dread, isolation


Jesus: John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

“...my peace I give you…”

I offer you peace…


“...I do not give as the world gives…”

I do not offer what the world offers, neither do offer how the world offers

Neither do I give as the world gives, Nor provide peace as the world does


...world...

The ungodly multitude, those alienated from God, who are hostile to the cause of Christ


What is the peace of Christ?

First Himself as peace, the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6-7)

Second, what He, as the Prince of Peace, can do and why - He has the right and power, ability and authority to (Rom 5:1; Col 1:20)

Make peace, Give peace, Keep peace


How does Jesus give and establish peace? (Heb 2 “made atonement for” or pardoned our “sins” by satisfying the wrath of God toward sin - He, showed us mercy and forgives us our sin when we believed)

Paul: Romans 5:1; Col 1:20 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we a have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ...”

“...since we have been justified by God…”

Declared righteous “I make righteous, acceptable”

Approved - legal - conformed to a PROPER standard - right judicial (authoritative approval)

Cleared of all charges; pardoned

To make, declare, and treat as - worthy


“...and this by faith…”

God’s divine persuasion… (of truth that) God continually births faith in the believer so they can know what He prefers - a strong and welcome conviction (of Jesus) aroused by God

Faith is God’s warranty, guarantee that what He has initiated will come to pass - for the redeemed

Faith is Always received from God, never generated by us (Rom 12:3; Eph 2:8-9; 1Peter 1:2)


“...we have peace with God…”

Reconciled, brought back to God

Tied back into the whole of God

Tranquility of spirit - mind and soul - assurance, confidence

Peace in Christ is in having been declared by God “righteous”, having been made right, innocent of all offense to (God), to be received by, brought (back) into (relationship with) God, accepted, by God, as He has chosen

A position

A state of being

God’s nature, desire, provision (to His children - all who would receive life in Christ)

Kept and sustained by God


So when Jesus says “peace I give you, my peace I leave with you… I do not give as the world gives” He is saying “I have come, I am here, not to condemn you, but to save you (John 3:16-18) - to forgive you of any offenses, to make peace - to make friends with you, me and you and God (the Father) (John 17).


I have come to make things right - I know you can’t, but I can, and I choose to - I choose to - love you, to forgive you, to make peace with you, make allegiance with you, and bring you my way… the way of love and forgiveness, the way of mercy, and grace, the way of peace…


perfect, peace - back into my Father, to me, to our Spirit. Back into the whole. (Gen 1-3)


Why does Jesus have to promise this?

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. (because) In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Because, “in this world, there will be trouble” (John 16:33)

“If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first” (John 15:18)


Trouble:

Pressure that constricts and rubs together; squeeze into someplace narrow; internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined - restricted, without options

Anxiety, burden of heart

The afflictions Jesus had to undergo (and which, therefore, His followers must not shrink from)

Tribulation: Distress: Suffering:

2Corinthians 4:7-9, 13-14, 16-18

“...we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…


14 ...we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself…


16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18No we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”



John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. (because) In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


“...but, take heart…” or Be courageous: of good courage, cheer

Radiate a warm confidence - peace - Emboldened to show courage - God bolstering the believer, empowering them with a bold inner-attitude

The Lord has infused His strength by His in working of faith (in-birthed persuasion)

Inner confidence - be confident, undaunted, filled with joy

Why? Jesus has overcome the world… and so will we

He has rendered the world and its power to harm impotent and subverted its influence


“...I have overcome…” (Rev 3:21; 12:11)

Conquered, prevailed, subdued

Deprive (the world) of power to harm, to subvert its influence

Used of one who through christian constancy and courage keeps himself unharmed and spotless from his adversary’s devices, solicitations, assaults

Rom 8:37


“...the world” The order and adornment (cosmetic) of this world - that which covers, conceal the reality

John 1; 3 to make appearance among men, to dwell among

John 12 life on this sphere

John 17 universe, or creation (Eph 2)

Throughout John the inhabitants of the world, the ungodly multitude

But this, is speaking of that which Jesus has victory - over the ways of the world or worldly affairs, its goods, riches, advantages, pleasures, which, although hollow, frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ and all that it offers to entice, to tempt to sin - to go its way, not God’s - all that leads to death


you need no longer must place your hope in the ever changing - as you now have peace…

Peace with God

Peace eternal

Peace now

Peace to come


Peace: then, what is it? In this context, Peace is, peace with God

God has made sure that there is nothing between me and Him, there is nothing that He is holding against me, eternally - having been far away, we have been brought near (Isa 57:18-19; Acts 2:29; Eph 2:12-14, 17)

That I have been brought back and tied (together) with God - and this brings...

“...a tranquil state of my soul. It is assured of salvation through Christ, this peace fears nothing from God and is content with its earthly lot, of whatever that lot might be" (Rom 8:6, 28-39)

This peace describes those who, assured of salvation, tranquilly, peacefully await the return of Christ and the transformation of all things which will accompany that event (2Pet 3:14)


This peace, is a real peace, a true peace, a peace that is not subject to the ebbs and flows of the day, but rises above any circumstance, as it comes from God, the Rock, a God who does not change, the God of peace, and is anchored in His saving love. Our peace is rooted in the truth that my eternal welfare is assured - God has me, He has me.


AND, as Jesus said, this peace overcomes, rises above, has power over...

Phil 4:7 “...the peace of God which transcends all understanding… and the God peace will be with you“


This is peace that transcends, surpasses, understanding or any other thoughts

Beyond, above superior, excel, surpass - as to exercise prominence (superiority over); rise above - so much so that it stands out (overtop)

Take authority, have power over

It is better than - as excellent and of surpassing worth


This peace goes beyond our understanding, as the circumstances we often find ourselves in, merit, it seems, to some degree, anxiety or concern, and yet in light of God and our position in God, it now pales, it gets back in line, it subordinates itself to its proper place as small and of insignificant in the grand scheme - now, whatever it is that might make me anxious, is merely a tool in the hands of a loving Father who promises His children, His beloved, that He work ALL things out for the good of those who are in this love relationship with Him.



Now, how do we experience this peace? Why do we have to ask this? Well, because, most of us don’t experience this peace much, if at all. ‘Cause I don’t always feel at peace… So, if I have peace with God, and that is a permanent position and state of being, why don’t we always feel it?


How do we realize this great peace? What enables us to not just know that that peace is there, but to experience it in the everyday?


First, We have to be sure that it is rooted in something, someone, that lasts, that does not change, that we cannot lose… ...and, so, at the same time, realize, that peace is not in what we think… ...we must come to know that peace cannot be rightly experienced as transcendent if it is derived from anything that we can lose, that can shift or change, or is dependent on my keeping it…


Here’s an example, a warning from the Prince of Peace, Jesus

Rev 3:14-20

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! 16So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!

17You say, ‘I am rich; I have grown wealthy and need nothing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, white garments so that you may be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. 21To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.


Laodicea - had everything, all they could want, and yet Jesus in essence says “you have everything you think you want and need, you are blessed beyond measure, yet, you do not have, neither are you at, peace”

He is saying “This is not peace - as true peace has nothing to do with “things being or going ‘well’” (Ps 37)

True peace is anchored in God’s delight in us, in His zealous and jealous love for us, that is, in fact, jealous of the things of earth that would cause us to think we are at peace only when things are well - duped into thinking that what I have, the way my life is going, determines, peace (Isa



Phil 4:7 “...and guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus…”


So, we can seek peace, we can pursue it - it is ours, we have it as God’s children, but, its realization is fleeting with our heart’s fitful devotion

It is a fruit of the Spirit of God in us - allowing the Spirit to rule, cooperating with the Spirit of truth, in truth - as we walk with Jesus, the Truth (Gal 5:22)

Peace pursued: position, posture, pace, protection, practice - peace (Psalm 34; 1Peter 3)

Position: a child of God. Leaning into, meditating on, receiving daily the truth of our position with God, in Christ, by faith, as a gift of grace - not anything we have done to get or keep, but a gift, an irrevocable position of adoption into His family (Isa 65:17-19; Eph 1&2; 1Pet 2:4-10)

Posture: astonished that God would love “me” this way, we are both humbled by the truth of God’s gracious doing, while standing firm and confident in celebration of salvation with the ears of our mind, heart, and spirit attentive to the Spirit’s whisper of love and assurance. (Matt 5:3; Mark 5:15, 18-19; Luke 8:35; 10:38-42; 1Pet 5:5-7)

Pace: trusting the truth of God’s love, we, with stillness of heart, calmly, slowly, go about striding with Jesus, by the Spirit, in and by His Truth - allowing His peace to reign in our hearts. (Ps 27:13-14; 37:1-7; 40:1; 130:5; Isa 25:8-10; Gal 5:1,5,13,16-18, 22-25)

Protect: our hearts from affections that would distract and debilitate, muting the voice of God’s Spirit within us, inhibiting our hearing; (instead of surrendering to our anxious thoughts), quickly captured, we surrender our anxious thoughts, and present them to God for His healing calm, peace, to descend upon us and defeat those things that stand opposed to God in our minds. (Prov 4; Matt 19:19-34; 2Cor 10:3-4; Phil 4:4-7; Ja 4:3-5; 1Jo 2:15-17)

Practice: a repentant life - a life that continually recognizes the gift of grace received, and, with honor, comes to God for regular cleansing and reconciliation and healing… (Psalm 32; 51; Isa 12; 2Cor 10:3-4; Gal 6:1-10; Phil 4:8; Heb 12:12-14; James 5:16; 2Pet 2:1-15)

Persevere: fix your eyes on Jesus… and run the race with perseverance (Ps 119:165; Isa 26:3; Rom 5; James 1; 1Pet 1; Heb 11&12; Joseph in Gen 37-50; Job; Dan 1&2)