Peace From God

Today we look at Mathew 5:9 the seventh Beatitude, “Blessed are the peacemaker for they will be called sons of God”[1] We must remember that each Beatitudes tells us how to be blessed and does not promise fame or fortune. We are reminded how we must live and follow Christ no matter what the consequences are. The two principles that really stand out are being a peacemaker and being called the sons of God. What is Jesus teaching and saying here about being peacemakers? David in Psalms talks of placing his confidence in the Lord as his protector and the one who gives him peace (Psa. 4:8) as he lies down in the safety of the Lord. Isaiah speaks of the Lord being our wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Paul in Romans speaks of how the Lord wants us to live in peace with everyone (Rom. 12:17-18) and John reminds us what the Lord said of leaving and giving His peace and the Holy Spirit (Counselor) that will be sent by the Father in His name and will teach us and remind us of this peace (John 14:26-27). The peace Jesus is talking about is the peace that is deep in our hearts as we receive the Holy Spirit by the grace of God being justified through faith. We have a peace that surpasses all understanding and guides us through all types of conflicts and situations that may come up in our lives. This does not mean that we will live a sin or conflict free life after we accept what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross and forgiving our sins and through God’s grace we can become saved. With this peace, we will still have sin issues and struggle that all people have but through the difficult times we can rely on God and draw strength to help during the bad times and look to find a way to glorify God by being a witness to others. As David says (Psa. 4:8) we can lie down and sleep in peace for the Lord alone is the one we can come to for peace and safety. The peace that Jesus is speaking of cannot be obtained through any other place or activity and only through His salvation.

Being called the sons of God (Gal. 4:5) let us know and understand that we have an inheritance in the Kingdom of God as his sons and daughters. Wilkins explains, “Jesus himself is the supreme peacemaker, making peace between God and humans and among humans…and they will receive the ultimate reward: to be called sons of God…those who respond to Jesus’ ministry are heirs of the kingdom and reflect the character of their heavenly Father as they carry Jesus’ mission of peacemaking to the world.”[2] As peacemaker with this peace in our heart we should be willing to share with everyone we meet the good news of Christ and that He reigns. The peace comes from the strength given to us by God, through his Son, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in each follower of Christ, and through nothing that we can obtain or do for ourselves. Thank God for His grace and mercy that he gives us as we become heirs through his Son Jesus Christ and by being peacemakers toward all people. We will look at the eighth beatitude (Matt. 5:10) next time. God bless you.

Pastor Ken

[1]. Unless otherwise indicated all Bible references in this paper are to the New International Version (NIV) (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005).
[2]. Michael J. Wilkins, The NIV Application Commentary: Mathew (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004), 210.

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