This is a follow-up on the Daily Verse for April 8, 2016, John 14:27. It's quoted again below, but you might find the commentary interesting if you haven't read it yet. Go back and read it again.
I bring a familiar study on the subject of God's Peace which may be familiar to many of you. I trust it will instruct and edify you and give you something to share with others, especially those who are new to the family of God. All passages are quoted from the NKJV.
PEACE WITH GOD - The Relationship of Peace
Romans 5:1 - "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Before we were saved we were seen as enemies to God. Our hearts were defiled by sin, we were seen as "children of disobedience," Ephesians 2:2, and our so-called righteousness was an offense to a holy God. We not only needed salvation, we needed a new relationship with Him! What is the greatest victory you can have over your enemy? Let's say you beat him in a battle, you stand over him as a victor, and he cowers under your might. You may have achieved the victory but guess what: he's still your enemy! God wanted a greater victory than that! When He saved us He did not just conquer us, He made us His own children! We no longer have to "cower under His authority." We have PEACE WITH HIM, not so much as our Victor, but as our Father! That's a peace far greater than any nation can have over another.
PEACE FROM GOD - The Source of Peace
John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you..."
Jesus made it very clear where our peace comes from - HIM! Have you ever noticed how Paul begins his letters to the various churches and individuals he wrote to? He always wishes them the peace that comes from God. He knows that is one of the greatest blessings of a believer's life. Why? Note the next way peace is mentioned:
PEACE OF GOD - The Quality of Peace
Philippians 4:7 - "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
The peace that comes from God is the peace that is of God - it's the peace He has in His heart. It's the calm assurance that He is in control and we can rest in Him. It's the kind of peace that comes when a believer submits their requests to God with anticipation and submission. We anticipate His reply, but we submit our will to Him so that His will is His answer. That blesses our hearts and actually guards our hearts from anxiety and depression. When we know God is in control, we are at ease.
PEACE ON EARTH - The Coming State of Peace
Luke 2:14 - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Isaiah 9:6 - "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
What this world longs for and has sought to achieve ever since men and nations have fought each other, is an enduring peace between people and governments. But all we see is a temporary cessation of hostilities only to see new arguments and wars continue. The only way for "peace on earth" to happen is for the Prince of Peace to come and set up His Kingdom! That's what will happen in the Millennium! May Jesus come soon!! And may you enjoy His peace until He does!