Peace

posted Jun 20, 2012, 8:03 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 11:53 AM ]
"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called the Sons of God." Mat. 5:9

"And lead us not into temptation.."  Mat. 6:13

Reading various commentaries, invariably the topic is peace between men.   But the real issue is Peace with God.  Peacemakers bring those living away from God's grace to a cleansing acceptance of Christ.  Christians are all called to spread this Good News.

Upon Jesus' baptism it was heard from Heaven:

"This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."  Mat 3:16

Immediately thereafter Jesus was "...lead by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil." Mat. 4:3.

It is important that these items are so closely connected in the text, and then again related through stanzas in the big themes of the Sermon on the Mount.  God wants us to understand that once we are at peace with Him, we are at war with our enemy.  But we are Son's of God and by faith can call on all of the gifts of the Spirit in our battle.

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."  Eph. 6:13

We should all expect -- particularly upon public confession of faith and if we seek baptism -- to experience a period of testing.  But more generally, we will experience attacks with every victory.  Jesus counseled truthfully:

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
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