TL-6 - Peace of God #2
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The word of God says, “Great peace comes to those who love your
law,” Psalm 119:165.
Welcome to our second part in our study of the peace of God. Take
your Bible and have that ready as we're going to study together about the
marvelous subject of God's peace.
As we think about the peace of God and how that peace is obtained
in the Christian's life, or is initially attained and maintained in the Christian's
life- we need to realize that God's peace is directly tied to the gospel and to
the word of God.
We ask the question: How is peace obtained? Peace comes to those
who love God's law. Look at Psalm 119:165. The beautiful words of the
psalmist here illustrate the connection between peace and God's word. The
Bible says “Great,” not just peace but, “Great peace has those who love
your law and nothing causes them to stumble.”
How do I obtain God's peace that that great peace in my life? I need
to have a love for the law of God. In fact in that same chapter Psalm 119,
the psalmist will say ‘How I love your law. It is my meditation all the day.” I
want to have to have peace; I've got to have God's word in my life. If the
gospel is the message of peace, and it is, if Jesus is the way of peace, and
He is, I want to obtain those in my life by living according to the word of
Now such a practical principle here, and it's a very important one for
each of us. To have the peace of God that great peace in my life, I've got to
know the word of God- meaning that I've got a search it. Acts 17:11, I've
got a search the Scriptures daily. I've got a study it regularly, 2 Timothy
2:15. I need to read and meditate upon the word of God often, 1 Timothy
4:12. I want to have that in my heart. Hide God's word in my heart that I
might not sin against Him, Psalm 119:10-12. To obtain this peace, let's
have a love for the word of God by making it a regular part of each and
every one of our lives.
We also know that God's peace from the Scripture is obtained by that
justification that faith in Christ brings. Justification of faith helps me to bring
that peace of God into our lives. Now, when we say justification of faith, I
understand that's a big word. The word justified means ‘just as if I'd never
sinned.’ Faith is that word which means ‘an obedient trust in Almighty God.’
By the justification of faith, we're talking about the process of obeying the
gospel and becoming a Christian brings faith and brings peace in my life.
Look to Romans 5:1. Paul says “Therefore having been justified by
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Justification
by obedience to the gospel system of faith. Romans 1:16-17, “I'm not
ashamed of the gospel of Christ it is the power of God unto salvation to
everyone who believes just that is as it is written, the just shall live or be
saved by faith.” Faith and the system of it in Christ brings justification. If I'm
going to have that peace and obtain it, I again must be obedient to the
gospel message and system that God has laid out.
Let's also realize this, and it is directly tied to the previous point,
forgiveness of sins brings peace beyond measure in my life and yours. I
want you to notice the words of Luke chapter 7. Jesus is here talking to a
woman who has actually put her faith into action and has shown that to
Christ. Jesus says to that woman in Luke 7:50 “Your faith has saved you.
Go in peace.” When you think about true peace in your life and I think
about true peace in mine, that which brings heartache, that which wrecks
our lives, that which as it were suffocates us is sin.
The psalmist said, in Psalm 38:4 “My sins are gone over my head like
a heavy burden. They're too heavy for me to bear.” I can hardly bear the
weight of sin nor can anyone who's trying to please God and do godly
things. Forgiveness of that sin brings peace in our lives. As Jesus said to
this wonderful woman who put her faith in Him, “Your faith has saved you.
Go in peace.”
It’s wonderful when you look at examples in the Bible where people
obey the gospel; like in Acts chapter 8 the Ethiopian eunuch hears the
message of Philip. He realizes he must obey that. He obeys the message.
The Bible says he came up out of the water rejoicing. What made that man
so happy and gave him a new outlook on life? The peace of God that came
through forgiveness of sins found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you're going to have that peace, you must submit to what Jesus
said in obedience to the gospel to have your sins forgiven. You know Jesus
didn't make it hard. He didn’t beat around the bush. He didn't mince words
about how to be saved. Look to the words of Jesus in Mark 16:16. Jesus
said “He that believes and is baptized will be saved. He that does not
believe shall be condemned.” To be saved Jesus said ‘you've got to believe
and be baptized.’ When one does what the Scripture says in obedience to
that, he can have that peace in his life. Acts 22:16 Saul of Tarsus was told
by Ananias ‘Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins calling on the
name of the Lord.’ When one's sins are removed in obedience to the
gospel, what a sense of peace he can have in his life!
Do you remember maybe when you obeyed the gospel? How good it
felt to know ‘I have done what God says! I have access to that forgiveness
by the grace and mercy of God!’ Remember the sense of peace that
overtook your life at that time.
How else is peace obtained? Peace and joy come after conversion
and obedience to the gospel. Here's an example of peace after conversion.
We mentioned this a short little while ago, but I want you notice Acts 8:41
with me. The Bible says as Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch came up out of
the water, the Scripture records this “now when they came up out of the
water the spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so the eunuch saw him no
more. He went on his way rejoicing.” What made that that eunuch so
happy? What brought that sense of joy and happiness and peace into his
life? This man's obedience to the gospel and knowing he now has access
to the blood of Christ that Isaiah 53 spoke about. He was reading about
that passage in Isaiah 53. ‘He was led as a lamb before His shearer is
silent and so He opened not His mouth.’ When he says ‘Who's he talking
about- himself? This prophet talking about himself or some man?’ From
that point, Philip went on to preach Jesus to him, the message of salvation,
a message of hope, a message of peace between God and man, and he
gets that message. ‘Here's water. What hinders me from being baptized?’
“If you believe with all your heart, you may.” ‘I believe Jesus is the Christ
the Son of the living God.’ They stopped the chariot. They both get down
out of the chariot. They both go down into the water. He baptizes him, and
he comes up out of the water. He goes on his way rejoicing.
This man now had peace that was obtained by obedience to the
gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a beautiful picture that is
of the hope and serenity that now existed in that man's life! Here's the
powerful message, every person today who's willing to take their Bible,
who's willing to read it, and study it, and who says to himself, ‘I'm going to
do just like they did in the Bible. I'm going to obey the gospel just like they
did on Pentecost. I'm going to obey the gospel just like the Ethiopian
eunuch did. Just like they did in other passages, I'm just going to simply do
what they did.’ There's an assurance. There's a security, and there is most
definitely a peace- the peace of God- that comes from obedience to that
wonderful message of salvation in Christ.
Let's now turn our attention to another question. This is such a
significant question because once I know what the peace of God is and its
attributes, its characteristics; I most definitely want that in my life. Once I
learn how it's obtained, and I obey the gospel I can I can bring the peace of
Christ into my life. Another question now arises: How do I, for the rest of my
life, maintain- keep that peace- make it a persistent part of my life and
make sure that I never lose the peace of God?
Let's realize this first of all peace and the continuation of it in our life
is a lifelong pursuit for every Christian today. Notice the words of Romans
14:19. Paul said “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace
and the things by which one may edify another.” Peace, according to
Romans 14:19 is a pursuit. I've got to pursue. I've got to strive after. I've got
to always look after, always got a try in my life to have that peace it in my
life and yours it is a constant pursuit to continue to maintain the peace of
God in our lives. As we've said, sin is what's written that which brings
conflict. Sin is that which brings enmity between God and man, and I've got
to always be on the lookout for Satan and sin that which strives to wreak
havoc and discord in my life. Make it a goal and make it an aim in this life. I
want to do my best to pursue those things which make for peace and
maintain that in my life.
Then we suggest this from Scripture for peace to really be tamed,
maintained, and attained in my life and yours, I need to be spiritually
minded. That ultimately is going to help bring peace in my life.
Let me mention these passages to you from the word of God which
teaches spiritual mindedness and peace go hand-in-hand. Look to Romans
8:6. Paul said “For to be carnally minded,” the word carnally represents that
which is worldly, that which is ungodly, that which is sinful at times “for to
be carnally minded is death,” now notice the contrast, “but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace.” We talk about maintaining peace in our life. I've
got to have the right mindset, a spiritual mindset, to maintain peace.
Now, let me illustrate it in a way that I think each of us could
understand. If I want to have chaos and confusion and discord in my life, all
I've got to do stuff around stop and look around the world and all the
problems it has. Turn the news on. Look at the chaos, crime, death, war,
and fighting that occurs in our world today. If I stopped and focused on the
carnal material, physical world here, my life would be an utter wreck. But as
Paul says “To be spiritually minded is life and peace.” The Bible says in
Colossians 3:1 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which
are above where Christ is.” That's what it means to be spiritually minded.
I'm seeking heaven. I'm seeking first the kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33.
I'm thinking on things that are good and noble and holy and just and right,
according to Philippians 4:6-8. My outlook and my up look are toward
heaven itself and spiritual things and that truly will bring peace into my life.
Here's another passage that teaches that spiritual mindedness brings
peace. Look to Isaiah 26:3. The Bible says of God and the person who's
close to God, “You will keep him in perfect peace.” How? “Whose mind is
stayed or focused on You because he trusts in You.” How does that person
obtain perfect peace from God? By having one's mind and spiritual outlook
focused on God.
Do you want to have real peace? Do you want to maintain that in your
life? Keep focusing on, keep seeking, and keep striving after those things
that are spiritual, that are heavenly, and that ultimately will bring glory and
glory to Almighty God.
Now as we think about maintaining and continuing peace in our life,
let's realize that a big part of maintaining peace in my life and yours is
overcoming the biggest probably barrier in my life and yours to peace.
What would you say one of the biggest barriers to peace in our lives are? I
would say it's this, worry. If I'm going to have and maintain the peace of
God in my life I've got to learn to overcome worry.
Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tied these two ideas together. I
want you to look what Philippians 4:6-7 says. The apostle Paul said “Be
anxious, worry about nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Now watch
this, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” Notice the direct connection
between not worrying about things and letting the peace of God rule in our
hearts. Through prayer I can make my request known to God. I know if I'm
a child of God, God hears that. He wants to help that. He knows what I
need before I even ask. Because we serve a loving, kind, and merciful God
who knows our needs far better than we do, I don't have to worry. I can ask
God for His help. 1 Peter 5:7 says it this way "Cast all your anxieties upon
Him. He cares for you.”
Friend, if I'm going to have true peace in my life, listen carefully now,
I've got to learn to overcome worry.
Sometimes we get upset, and we get troubled. We sit around, and we
just wring our hands. We don't know how things are going to work out. We
don't know what's going to happen, and what’s going to come tomorrow,
and how I will deal with all these problems.
I don't have to know how- as long as I know who. Paul said “I know
whom I have believed in and I am persuaded He's able to keep that which
I've committed to Him until that day,” 2 Timothy 1:10-15. And so let's realize
worry is the enemy of peace. Worry will suffocate and drain peace out of
my body and my life spiritually quicker than we can ever begin to imagine.
Now, here's another way that peace can be maintained in my life and
yours. The Bible teaches that obedience to God helps us to maintain
absolute peace in our lives. Look to these two passages that tie this idea
together. Paul said in Philippians 4:9 “The things which you learned and
received and heard and saw in me,” watch this now, “these do,” and here's
the consequence, the result, “the peace of God will be with you.” Learned,
received, heard, saw in me- these do and the peace of God the God of
peace will be with you. How do I maintain God's peace in my life? By
listening and having that desire and that willingness to continually obey the
message of the gospel.
Notice Proverbs 3:1-2 about this idea. The wise Solomon said in
Proverbs 3:1 “My son, do not forget my law. Rather, let your heart keep my
commands for length of days and long life,” now notice this “and peace
they will add to you.” Isn't it a wonderful thing? It's not boastful. It's not
bragging or anything like that. But isn't it wonderful to know I'm trying to
walk in the light? 1 John 1:7. I am honestly, to the best of my ability, trying
to walk in the light. I'm doing my best to live according to the Bible.
Although at my best, I still realize I'm an unprofitable servant, Luke 17:10.
There's a certain amount of peace that comes from knowing we're
trying to walk in the light. We're trying to do what God wants us to. We're
giving our best effort and that does indeed bring peace into our life. As the
proverb writer and as Paul said in Philippians 4:9.
Now, here's another principle for maintaining that peace in our life.
We must be faithful in the kingdom of God to maintain peace. Peace is
directly connected to my working and to my faithfulness in God's kingdom. I
want you to notice as we think about this idea Romans 14:17. The
Scripture says “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but
God's kingdom is a righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” If
I'm actively pursuing the kingdom, if as Jesus said ‘I'm seeking first the
kingdom of God,’ Matthew 6:33, a natural outflowing from the kingdom is
things like righteousness and peace and joy. In the Holy Spirit. I can have
those things in my life as I strive to seek first God and His kingdom in
everything that I say and do.
Another principle that's also very important for maintaining that peace
in our life. We must realize that that peace is maintained by those who
strive to do the good works God wants them to in this life. As we say good
work, please understand we're not talking about anything that's going to
merit me salvation. That's not the idea. As we strive to work on behalf of
God, there is a certain amount of peace that the Bible says is maintained in
those people's lives. Here's the Scripture. Romans 2:10 the Bible says this
“But glory and honor and peace to everyone who works what is good. To
the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Is there a certain amount of peace that
comes from doing the good works God wants us to? Well no doubt there is
happiness, joy, peace those things naturally come from obeying God, from
following His commands, and the good and the joy that comes to others as
we strive to help them and do good for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We also know from the Bible that peace is maintained by those who
let the God of peace and the peace of God rules their lives. Notice
Colossians 3:15. The Bible says “And let the peace of God rule in your
hearts to which also you were called in one body and be ye thankful.” What
rules your life? You know for some people it's sin, for others it's worry, to
others maybe they're ruled by pride. For the Christian we need to let the
peace of God rule our lives. I can have that peace. I can know God's on my
side. I can know that all is well between man and God, between me and
God. And because of that, I want to let God's peace rule in my life.
Notice another passage along those lines. 2 Corinthians 13:11 the
word of God says this “Finally brethren,” Paul will say “farewell be complete
be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and
peace will be with you.” I can live in peace, because I now have peace with
God and the hope and joy that every Christian wants to have.
That peace that we have with God, the Bible says we also want to
maintain that peace with other Christians. Listen to 1 Thessalonians 5:13.
“Be at peace among yourselves.” Christians ought not to be at war and
conflict and have problems with God and the things of this world. We ought
to strive to be at peace with one another just as we are also at peace with
We bring it to a conclusion and a climax by noting this- peace of God,
as we've noticed in these two lessons, is a wonderful attribute that every
person ought to try to obtain. It's marvelous in what it can do in my life and
yours. It's available for every man. I can continue to live that all the days
Realize this principle as well from the Scripture, the Bible teaches
that the wicked they will not have peace in this life or in the life to come.
Here's what Isaiah said in Isaiah 48:22 God says through Isaiah “There is
no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked.” What about those who've not
obeyed the gospel? What about a person who's living in sin? What about a
person whose heart is contrary to the will of God? Or somebody who has
never known God? That person, in sin and in wickedness, cannot have
Notice it again “There is no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked.”
Do you want the peace of God in your life? Most definitely you do.
That peace can bring joy and happiness beyond measure. But to have that,
one must turn from a life of sin and a life of wickedness and turn to God.
Have you done that? Do you believe Jesus is God's Son? Are you
willing to repent of things in your life that are contrary to the will of God?
Would you confess the beautiful name of Jesus before men? To get into
Christ, where peace is, would you be immersed in water for the forgiveness
of your sins?
Jesus said in John 3:5 “Unless a man is born of water and the spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
We encourage you today to obtain this peace by obedience to the
gospel. If you've not done that, we ask you kindly: Why are you waiting?
Don't delay another day.
Make sure that the peace of God that surpasses all understanding is
in your heart and your life today by obedience to and a continuation in the
gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We hope and pray that you will do those things without hesitation.
Study Questions for: “Topical Lesson: Peace 2”
1. According to Psalm 119:165, what comes to those who love Your law?
2. According to Psalm 119:10-12, what should I have in my heart? Why?
3. What does Acts 17:11 say of Bible study?
4. What does 2 Timothy 2:15 say of Bible study?
5. According to Romans 5:1, how can we have peace with God?
6. According to Romans 1:16-17 what is the power of God?
7. In Luke 7:50 what did Jesus tell the woman had saved her?
8. What is like a heavy burden according to Psalm 38:4?
9. Who will be saved according to Mark 16:16?
10. According to Romans 14:19, what should we pursue?