TRUTH: HE Himself is our Peace


I have long known that peace is a leading desire among people. When surveying people, peace of mind is one common answer. Until this post, I was not aware of The Global Peace Index (GPI) found on www.visionofhumanity.com.  I did not take the time to fully explore its metrics used to draw conclusions; however, the site reported “This year’s Global peace Index (GPI) data captures a paradoxical situation in global affairs – 2016 saw the continuation of several negative trends from ongoing conflict in Syria, Libya, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan, not to mention the increased instability in the United States – yet, the global average peace score showed a slightly more peaceful world. While this is a positive trend, it also reveals an increasingly complex and divided world.”

I think we all agree with the last sentence – our world is increasingly more complex and divided. Where did this division come from? For me and according to the bible, division among mankind started at the Fall of Man found in Genesis 3. The peace between God and man was breached by man’s disobedience to God’s direction, command, law, etc. We know they experienced a lack of peace because they tried to hide from God when hearing his coming. When confronted by God, peace broke down between the man and his wife, Adam and Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. Adam blamed Eve.

David said “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;  there is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14:1-3

The prophet Isaiah crystalized this breach of peace between God and man when he said, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear…The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks along them will know peace.” (Isaiah 59:2,8).

Lastly, Hosea said, “What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth— then my judgments go forth like the sun. For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. As at Adam, they have broken the covenant; they were unfaithful to me there.” (Hosea 6:4-7)

Since peace has been breached between God and man, we are not on good terms. In fact, we are told that we are enemies with God. How do we overcome this predicament? How can we go from being ones whom have no peace with God? TRUTH: HE Himself is our Peace.

Ephesians 2

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations.His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

The corruption that David says is indicative of man and his quest to stand alone and follow his own pursuits while rejecting his dependency on God. Ephesians 2:3 says, among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” Through the cross, Jesus ended the hostility among man and between God and man. The text says, “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.” TRUTH: HE Himself is our Peace.

I have seen it written “No Jesus; No Peace” contrasted with “Know Jesus; Know Peace” It is clear that without Christ man cannot experience complete and true peace with God and man. Our text today says, “For he himself is our peace,” 2 Peter 1:2 says, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” I come to you today and tell you the TRUTH: HE Himself is our Peace.

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