TRUTH: For He Himself is our Peace

As I sat here this morning, I was directed to a passage that I had read earlier in Ephesians. Now, I know why. Two days ago, I had a very dear cousin to die. She is survived by her mom, two brothers, her sisters and her son. It was thinking about her son that tore into my emotions. My heart ached at the thought of him not seeing her at his football games, at his prom, at his graduation, wedding, etc. I never questioned God despite fervent prayers of a righteous man not ending in the manner I had prayed. Separately, God told my wife and me that He not only knows what is best but does what is best. My inability to see it does not negate that truth about Him. When I acknowledge who God is, His character, and what God can do, His authority/power, I have not choice but to consider this as a Moment of Faith. He reminded me today of the TRUTH: For He Himself is our Peace.

If allowed, He will be the peace of my family in this death as well as any of us in any of our circumstances. Let’s look at how Jesus is the TRUTH: For He Himself is our Peace.

Ephesians 2

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

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. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit

Paul is sharing God’s plan for redeeming the fallen world through the church as we see in Ephesians 3:10.  Through Jesus’ incarnation, crucifixion and ascension, salvation is possible and personal for every person (Ephesians 2:4–7). Furthermore, Paul speaks of sharing more wisdom about reconciling two groups, Jews and Gentiles. He does that by revealing His wisdom that both groups can be seen as not enemies or in opposition but as those unified in faith (Ephesians  2:13–18). In that passage, we are told “For he himself is our peace”. Jesus brought peace with God and peace with man. Not only so, but He also brought unity between former enemies characterizes and symbolizes how He unifies man with Himself as well as with one another. Unity is wisdom.  That unity is to demonstrate to  the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms as well as those of us on earth God’s plan  (Eph. 3:9–10). The church is supposed to work together to reveal God’s power – that power that is at work within us to enable us to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20).

in Ephesians 2, we clearly see the TRUTH: For He Himself is our Peace.

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Because Jesus came and preached peace, we have access to the Father. We are no longer separated from God through Christ Jesus. Consequently, 

  1. We are no longer foreigners to God.
  2. We are no longer strangers to God.
  3. We are citizens of God’s kingdom.
  4. We are apart of God’s people.
  5. We are members of God’s household – His family.
  6. We have Jesus to serve as our foundation of our lives.
  7. We become a part of His church, the holy temple in the Lord.
  8. We become a dwelling place of God by the Holy Spirit living in us.

Here is the TRUTH: For He Himself is our Peace. If we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, no matter our circumstance even in the death of a loved one, God can give us peace because God is our peace in Christ Jesus.

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