hear it every Christmas: Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men. Did we get
it right? -Luke
2:14 "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward
But no, when
you consider the original.'...peace
among men of good will', and this because
10:34 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not
to send peace, but a sword." Luke
12:51 "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you,
Nay; but rather division.(the
division between the light and dark
division we need or we would not know one from the other. If you had no
bad circumstances, you would not discover the truth that thoughts become
things, and that your life today is a product of your previous heartfelt
as true for you feelings. And with this key you can then use your mind
to put new stuff there, stuff that will bring you a new and better future,
one of your own creating
1:77-79 "To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission
of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dayspring
from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Bible would contradict itself. But God wrote it. He stands behind its
And when we
look at the world there's no peace over the Earth. That's what we thought
it meant. That's not what it meant.
33:6 ".....I will.....reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth."
1:79 "To give light to them that sit
in darkness and in the shadow of death, to
guide our feet into the way of peace."
our peace, who hath made both one and hath broken down the middle wall
of partition between us. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity,
even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that
he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain
the enmity thereby. And came and preached peace to you which were afar
off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by
one Spirit unto the Father.".And
what is the Father? The brilliant engineer of the universe and the laws
that make it work in such harmony; the laws that we too can use as we are
now equal with God.
In this we can have confidence!
One of the
reasons Christ came to Earth was to make a personal
relationship with the Father possible -verses
16,17. People seek all their lives for peace involving many pursuits.
do you think some try drugs? Or go into alcoholism? Or become proud and
avaricious, never resting in their quest
for enlargement. They want life to be 'a smooth and increasingly secure
ride baby'! But, they lack wisdom as they fail to understand why
it's easier to slip into the evils than into good things.
man is easily tempted and succumbs
rapidly to small, trifling evils;
his spirit is weak, inclined to sensual things, and he has little if any
interest in refraining from base desires. It may make him sad to forego
them and he is quick to anger if reproved.
Yet if he satisfies
his desires, remorse of conscience
overwhelms him because he followed his passions and they did not lead to
the peace he sought.
of really why they are here, people like
this flow into all kinds of problems.
10:34 Jesus said."Think
not that I am come to send peace on earth, I came not to send peace, but
a sword." And Luke
12:51 "Do you suppose that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell
you no, but rather division.(original
Greek is 'to set apart, to partition thoroughly')."
that different from what we thought?
Bible also says that the gospel
is a gospel of peace.(Acts
Romans 10:15; Ephesians
6:15; Hebrews 12:14).and
a rest for
Christians, but not
by some of Jesus teachings when He was here physically -Hebrews
4:8,9. That's not why He came then.
In Jesus' time the Mosaic
Law was still in effect. For those into 'law' back then, this caused
often sought to kill Jesus. Finally they succeeded.
Even after Jesus' resurrection, the disciples
of Jesus often faced dissension. There was no small stir about the way
of God back then -Acts
12:18,19; 19:23, 25:1-3;
seems to get worse. Is it really? Or, has it always had a
less than peaceful lifestyle for its inhabitants here and there? -Ecclesiastes
The world has
known both horrible times.(Genesis
Ezekiel 7:23; Micah
peaceful times -1Samuel 7:14;
5:12. Such has life been -Matthew
24:37; Luke 17:28.
does give us peace. Peace is His will
for us -John 16:33; Romans
5:1. Peace is one of the fruits of the Holy
Spirit -Galatians 5:22. If you
agree with what God thinks of you, that
are righteous, then you have peace with God and are happy knowing nothing
you can do can ever take the Holy Spirit
from you -Romans 14:17,18.
God should fill one with joy and peace.(knowing
God is pleased with you).which
enables one to abound in hope. Any belief that doesn't do this has something
wrong with it -Romans 15:13.
peace in your life? Making the concept of righteousness real in your
life gives you great peace -Isaiah
32:17. The key to increasing peace -2Peter
Let's look at it.
Apart from the obvious meaning,
the word 'peace' in the original Greek.(New
Testament is Greek and Old
Testament is Hebrew).also
have all your needs met'. When you think about it, you can't have much
peace in your life when bill collectors are taking you to court, your partner
is leaving you, you've lost your job, you're sick, people at work are causing
you frustration, etc.
26:3 "You wilt keep him in perfect peace.(original
Hebrew is 'safe, well, happy), whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you."....continue?
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