Bible Class: A glance at the word Peace

Topic: Peace

Meaning: The word peace can be associated with such words like – Amity, Concord, Harmony, reconciliation, etc. However, peace can also be defined as a product of trust

Text Study:

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” 2Peter 1:2-3

Kinds of Peace: There are two kinds of peace as stipulated by our Lord Jesus.

“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.” Jn 14:27.

Peace is one of the fruits a recreated spirit bears

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23

The Way to have/receive Peace:

“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” Eph 2:14
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isa 26:3

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.” Ps 112:7

How Peace can multiply: Ref 2 Peter 1:2-3

With and without knowledge – Job 3:25, Job lived a life of fear because he lack knowledge of who God is to him. When he knew better his confession changed (Job 42:1-6). But Elisha knew what God better therefore, in the midst of situation he was at peace (2King 6:15-17)

Focal Point – Knowledge

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  Eph 1:17

The verse above implies that without the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, we will remain in dire need of peace in our life. The knowledge of God to have is the revelation knowledge not just surface knowledge. Such knowledge is a function of total comprehension of what the scriptures says concerning one and his relationship with God and Jesus Christ. By this knowledge one can understand what his or her position is in Christ, what he or she has been made to be in Christ and those things he/she can put on and put off.  That is his/her privileges and responsibilities in God.
Examples of privileges Ref: Col 3:10, Rom 8:15, 17, 29, 1Peter 2:9 etc.
Examples of responsibilities 2Peter 1:5-8, Gal 5:22, Col 3:8-9, 12-15, Gal 4:22-25.
Certainly, peace will reign when we actually know the privileges and responsibilities God has given us. This is what it means to walk by faith and not by sight.