Wednesday, 5 August 2015

What is peace?

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 (John 14:27).

The world speaks about peace, when it is not for peace. It may claim that it is, but it can never be for peace - true peace. When it speaks for peace, it speaks of peace for itself, and war against its enemies. The world does give a type of peace as Jesus refers to as peace that the 'world giveth' (John 14:27), but its peace is one that is earthly, fleshly and worldly. It gives false peace to the flesh, which is satisfied by such peace, only as long as the source of peace still exists. 

The world's peace is peace that all earthly things that a person has are well; the person has a well-paying job, a family which cares for her, a comfortable home, a nice car, equal rights with any other citizen, 'human rights' protected by her government and social security benefits. Such is the peace of the world.  It panders to the carnal flesh and pride of life. The spirit behind worldly peace, is the spirit of mammon who feeds on the "lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life" (1 John 2:16). He feeds on the faithless desire of the carnal flesh to seek security in anything earthly, whether it be money, possessions, family, relationships, education and career - anything but God.

The spirit of mammon promises an illusion of peace, that is, mere illusion, that is false. He works through the world's systems and mindset to promise his false peace. He attempts to seduce people, both the unsaved and saved, into trusting in earthly things, and setting one's heart of seeking earthly security. All sources of earthly security are only that: earthly, temporal and passing away. Thus, he who sets his mind and heart on earthly security is like the man who built his house on sand. He cannot stand on the day of judgement because He did not trust in Jesus and thus, obey His words:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it (Matthew 7:24-27).
Obeying the Words of Jesus, who is the Life, brings peace through reconciliation with God. When one is in Christ, all is well with one's soul. This is peace of Christ, unlike the false peace of the world, which panders to the carnal flesh and brings death. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6). 

Worldly peace is diametrically opposed to the peace that Christ gives to His followers. The peace Jesus gives is spiritual, heavenly and godly. It is true peace, one that is eternal, real and unchanging. True peace is the knowledge that one is made right with God through Christ alone, and no longer headed for His just wrath and punishment of the sinner. This is exactly why God says that "there is no peace for the wicked" (Isaiah 57:21). The sinner has no peace for he is not right with God. 

As long as one is not made right with God, and reconciled to Him, one will not, nor cannot have true peace. Instead, one's peace will be found in earthly, worldly, fleshly things which are ever changing, illusory and have no eternal value. One's earthly peace will be gone when one dies, and it will mean absolutely nothing when one is gone.

To have everlasting life and peace, see and do the test with a tender heart.