Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. In virtue of His work on earth we obtain peace at first; and if, as justified, any man sin, it is by His work in heaven that peace is restored. "Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.". © 2020 Christianity.com. The consequence is that to the idea of antagonism between the sinner and God, there is the idea of antagonism to himself. Because it is that for which God made man at first — the realization of His original idea of the happiness of humanity. It passes the understanding of the Christian himself. In true peace there is life and activity as well as rest. "The work of righteousness is peace." Man by sin has placed himself in antagonism to God. The expression is one that denotes that the peace imparted is of the highest possible kind. Some recommend faith in an event that transpired on Calvary eighteen centuries ago. The apostle had been inculcating freedom from anxiety and care; but lest the Philippians should seek in this the fountain of their peace he here adds "in Christ Jesus." ITS EXISTENCE IN MAN IS A TRANSCENDENT GOOD. 3. 1. Who can interpret peace as it exists in the mind of God? 5. And not only cannot the sinner, unaided, attain this peace; he cannot, unaided, even receive it when provided for him. Birds, reproduce on Earth!". It is only by a course of practical obedience that peace of conscience can be preserved. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta, James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta, And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Text and Manuscripts of the New Testament. "Though things most in vogue are the things to ensureMost gold for the pocket, most fame for the hour;The vain and the greedy, for them they may do,To me all is worthless but "things that are true. I. Many things connected with art, taste, science, and philosophy, can be understood only through the medium of experience. 1. Lights in Heaven039;s sky to give light to Earth." Passes the understanding of the man of the world. This promise has precepts (see ver. 2. It was evening, it was morning - Day Three. Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!" Proud member
; the terrors of conscience are stilled; we have "joy and peace through believing." (2) From wandering, for how soon are they beguiled? (3) The confessors, Luther, Huss, Bradford — while popes and kings tremble. The mind. It is one of the blessed fruits of His obedience, sufferings, and intercession. This peace is the result of a change in man's state and character; the effect of a reconciliation between him and heaven. Others are exposed to the reverse temptation. The Christian, committing his way to God, and feeling that he will order all things aright, has a peace which is nowhere else known. I tell you peace is only reached by the practice of that morality proclaimed in that grand sermon on the mount and embodied in the life of its matchless Preacher, and this requires faith in him. Salem Media Group. He could show up any minute! Their secret is easily discovered. 2. The very terms and phrases by which it is expressed are "foolishness" unto them, or repugnant, or unintelligible. 4. Philippians 4:7, ESV: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." When this transpires man can look on God as his Friend, expect victory in temptation, a refuge in perils, strength in weakness, comfort in affliction, safety in death, heaven, and, in heaven, God. It is dispersed by Him through the agency of the Spirit. This we have received who have trusted in Christ. Take matters quietly. (1) Light sometimes gushes into the intellect, filling it with clear apprehensions of truth, and an impression of its power in a manner perfectly inexplicible. 2. The way to find peace, and to have the heart kept from trouble, is thus to go and spread out all before the Lord; compare Isaiah 26:3-4, Isaiah 26:20; Isaiah 37:1-7. "GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHO LOVE THY LAW." "I know whom I have believed." And there it was. "The peace of God, which passeth all understanding." Divine Peace . He is the propitiation for sins; therefore He brings peace to the conscience. It passes the understanding of angels. Probably by mind the apostle means the intellect as distinguished from the affections. A rich man cannot be tempted to steal; a sober man is not tempted by the sight of a tavern. III. God spoke: "Earth, generate life! "The things that are showy are things in request,The empty and thoughtless regard them as best.I've pondered the matter, and I will pursue,Despite of all customs, the "things that are true. And so to him who is destitute of religious experience, the very language of religion must be incomprehensible. Separate Day from Night. Some recommend ritualistic observances and sacerdotal services. 2. Who can interpret Divine peace as it exists in the mind of the Christly? Being made right, or justified, "we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.". "TO BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED IS LIFE AND PEACE" (Romans 8:6), a passage taken from Paul's discourse on the work of the Spirit in man as the former was taken from that on the work of Christ for man. 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Not that peace which God calls his people to among themselves in their effectual calling; and which he requires of them to cultivate and maintain; and which he encourages in them by the promise of his gracious presence among them; and which indeed he is the author of, and therefore is so called, Colossians 3:15; and which may be said to surpass or exceed all speculative knowledge, and understanding; for the one puffs up and profits nothing, but the other edifies; and much less that peace which God has in himself, who is all peace and love, and which passes all understanding, human and angelic; but either that peace which is made with God by the blood of Christ, and is published in the Gospel of peace, which passes and surprises all understanding of men and angels, that it should be; that the thoughts of God should be concerning it from everlasting; that a council of peace should be called and held between the eternal Three, and a covenant of peace entered into; that Christ should be appointed the peace maker, and the chastisement of it laid on him; that he should make it by the blood of his cross, and for men, while enemies to God and to himself: or else that peace of conscience, which arises from a view of peace made by Christ; of justification by his righteousness, and atonement by his sacrifice; and which may be called "the peace of Christ", as the Alexandrian copy reads; both because it is founded upon, and springs from him, and is what he is the donor of: and this is what passes the understanding of every natural man; he knows nothing of this peace, what this tranquillity of mind means; he intermeddles not with this joy; it is unaccountable to him how it should be, that such then should have peace, who have so much trouble, are so much reproached, afflicted, and persecuted, and yet have peace in Christ, while they have tribulation in the world; which. (1) There are kinds of peace which we can understand. ITS NATURE. God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. It keeps the heart and mind, it garrisons the soul from every distressing element. 4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. Does he prosper? Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!". 2. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. If any man praises don't exult; if you are censured don't despond. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. There is a fatal affinity between the evil within and the evil without.