Peace (Biblical Perspectives)
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace referred to in the bible originates from the Hebrew "Shalom" which signifies more than the absence of disorder and chaos but of wholeness, fullness and perfection. Another rendering of the word is "salvation" and this interpretation helps to explain the title given to Christ as "The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). To qualify this statement we are told in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 that "all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation".
It is as The Prince of Peace that Christ has the authority to give peace to his disciples, who represent all modern-day believers. With reference to John 14:27 we are told by Jesus that his brand of peace is a unique offering from him. He tells his disciples that only he can give it – he describes it as "my peace". From this we can see that it has a supernatural or spiritual quality, which is distinguished from worldly peace.
When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God’s spiritual peace envoy. In verse 1-3 of the chapter he is telling them "let not your heart be troubled" when he describes a reunion in heaven where he will be preparing a place for his disciples. In response to doubting Thomas’ anxiety about what would happen to them when Christ returned to heaven, he confirmed that he was the only way to heaven as "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6).
In verse 16 he continues to reassure them by telling them that "he will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever". In his statement, Christ confirms that he represented the first divine comforter and that the Holy Spirit, would be the second. In verse 18, Jesus reassures his disciples by stating that he "would not leave them comfortless".
Christ as The Prince of Peace offers all who come to him his "peace". It is only obtained from him and through him. In these modern times through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who not only provides comfort to all who believe in the here and now, but as the "promise of my father", an a guarantee of comfort throughout eternity.
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
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Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
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My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more