Peace, Perfect Peace Ephesians 2:14-18
Peace, Perfect Peace • We do NOT live in a peaceful world • There is constant strife, bickering, fighting, and killing • So how can the Bible speak of peace when it doesn’t seem as though peace can ever exist in this world?
Peace, Perfect Peace • 1. God is a God of Peace • The Bible speaks over and over about the peace that God offers • God is the author of peace – I Cor. 14:33 • “The Lord will bless His people with peace” – Psalm 29:11
Peace, Perfect Peace • 1. God is a God of Peace • God is described as the God and Lord of peace – II Cor. 13:11; II Thess. 3:16 • Jesus was described in the Old Testament as the “Prince of Peace” – Is. 9:6 • No God, No Peace • Know God, Know Peace
Peace, Perfect Peace • 2. The world is a world of strife • So we serve the God of peace, and yet we live in a world of strife • Why is there so much discord if God is the ruler and a God of peace? • The answer is… • SIN
Peace, Perfect Peace • 2. The world is a world of strife • Christ said He did not come to bring peace on earth but a sword – Matt. 10:34 • So we live in a contentious world, yet we seek peace from the God of peace • So how do we reconcile the two things together?
Peace, Perfect Peace • 3. Evil and good cannot be at peace • God cannot and will not tolerate sin • Matt. 13:41; I Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21 • “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” – Js. 4:4 • Why does the world hate God?
Peace, Perfect Peace • 3. Evil and good cannot be at peace • “The world…hates Me, because I testify of it that its works are evil” – Jn. 7:7 • I John 2:15-17 • That’s why the message of Christ creates strife, because it is a message that speaks out against the evil of the world
Peace, Perfect Peace • 3. Evil and good cannot be at peace • “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” – Amos 3:3 • There will always be strife as long as evil and good exist together in the same place • So is there any peace that God can offer to us?
Peace, Perfect Peace • 4. We can have peace with God • God does not desire for us to be at peace with evil • God desires us to be at peace with Himself • This is why Christ was referred to as the Prince of Peace
Peace, Perfect Peace • 4. We can have peace with God • “The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:36) • “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1)
Peace, Perfect Peace • 4. We can have peace with God • Ephesians 2:14-18 • Called the gospel of peace – Rom. 10:15; Eph. 6:15 • Jesus speaks of the difference of having peace with God but trouble with the world – Jn. 16:33