TL-5 - Peace of God #1

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TOPICAL LESSONS

The Bible says, “God is not the author of confusion but of peace,” 1
Corinthians 14:33.
In a world filled with conflict, disagreement, war, and chaos, how
wonderful it is to know that the God of the Bible is the true source of peace!
The peace of God is clearly seen throughout the Scripture. The Bible
says in Luke 2:15 that when Christ Jesus came into the world the Angels
proclaimed ‘Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.’ Philippians 4:7, the
scripture says “The peace of God that even surpasses all understanding
can guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Throughout scripture the
peace of God is a wonderful subject that every Christian can take comfort
in.
What exactly is the peace of God? How do we obtain that peace, and
what does that peace do in our lives? These are the questions that we're
going to look to the Scripture for an answer for today.
Let's begin by asking: What exactly is this peace of God?
We first know from Scripture that God is the source and the author of
all peace. Peace comes from God himself.
Notice 1 Corinthians 14:33. The apostle Paul writing to the church in
Corinth says this “For God is not the author of confusion, but is the author

of peace as in all the churches of the saints.” In a congregation that was
facing a litany of problems related to worship, related to immorality, Paul
says ‘I want you to remember this, the confusion, the chaos, the problems
that are existing- those don't come from God. God's not the author of
confusion. God is the author, originator, and source of peace.’
When we think about that peace, which surpasses all understanding,
friend let's realize the true source of peace is Almighty God. The conflict
that occurs because of sin, the conflict that occurs between man and God
and man and man, doesn't occur because of God. God is the remedy for
that conflict, and He is able to bring peace into the lives of all men and
women today. He's the true source. When we talk about, what is peace?
God's the source of peace. The Scripture says this in Romans 15:33 the
Bible says “Now the God of peace be with you all.” There are a lot of titles
and descriptions that are attached to God: love, kind, mercy, the God of
compassion, but here's a beautiful one- the God of peace as the source of
it. If I want to have that peace, I want to know what it is; I've got to have
God in my life. Listen to Romans 16:20 where the Scripture says “And the
God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Again that title
being attached to our God and our Lord and Savior as well, Jesus Christ.
Now, as we ask and answer the question from Scripture: What is the
peace of God? We know that God himself is peace, but let's also realize
that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. He also is a big part of
the reason we can have peace. Notice the words prophetically speaking
about Christ in Isaiah 9:6 the Scripture records this “For unto us a child is
born. Unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His
shoulder. His name will be wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting
Father,” notice this “Prince of Peace.” No wonder in Luke 2:15 when Christ
came into the world the Angels proclaimed ‘Peace on earth.’ Jesus is the
bringer of peace. The division, the war, the enmity that existed between
God and man, Jesus bridges that gap and makes peace between God and
man. He truly is the Prince of Peace.
Now as we think about peace, what else do we know about peace
and the peace of God? Friend peace is something that must be made. It's
something that must occur; something has to help bring peace.

What is it that makes peace? James 3:18 teaches us this. “Now the
fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” In
Matthew 5 we're referred to as the ‘peacemakers.’ Peace doesn't just
automatically occur. It's not just something that one day you wake up and it
exists. Peace is made and ultimately that peace is made by the blood of
Christ and by the truth that we obey where peace occurs when forgiveness
of sins is made, Acts 2:38.
Now as we think about the peace of God, realize the Scripture
teaches there is a correct way to receive and obtain God's peace. Notice
Luke 1:79. The Bible says prophetically speaking about Christ and His
ultimate coming into the world that ‘He would give light to those who sit in
darkness and the shadow of death.’ Now watch this, ‘to guide our feet into
the way of peace.’ Not every way, avenue, method, or approach that man
takes, even when he tries, brings to peace that leads to preach peace. It
might actually lead to further conflict. What about the peace of God?
What is the peace of God? There is a way that brings one to the
peace of God and that way is centered around Jesus Christ. Are we on the
correct way? You remember the words of Jesus that tie directly to this. In
John 14:6 Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, the life. No man comes to
the Father except by me.” We talk about the way of peace, and then we
notice Jesus is the way where that we're told from Scripture clearly that the
only way to have the peace of God in our lives is to have Christ in our lives
as well.
What is the peace of God? As we look to Scripture, we learn that our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ actually preached peace.
I want you to think about the message of Jesus: a message of hope,
a message of joy, a message of forgiveness, and a message that through
Him men and women could obtain and access God's peace. Look at
Ephesians 2:17. The Bible says “And He, Jesus, came and preached
‘Peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.’” What did
Jesus preach? He preached the good news. He preached the gospel. He
preached the message of salvation, a message of obedience to God, and
salvation in His name. That message is peace. It brings peace between
God and man.

Paul said virtually the same thing in Acts 10:36. The Bible says “The
word, which God sent to the children of Israel,” listen now, “preaching
peace through Jesus Christ that He is Lord of all.” There's a way. There is
a message that's preached and that message is the message of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ and the hope and joy of Christianity in Him. When
we hear about sin it’s a negative and discouraging message. ‘The wages of
sin is death,’ Romans 6:23. ‘All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of
God,’ Romans 3:23. That brings conflict, chaos, and separation between
God and man. When we hear these words “He Himself, Jesus Himself,
bore our sins in His own body upon the tree that we through Him might be
made the rights of the righteousness of God,” 1 Peter 2:24, that brings
peace and conflict is resolved in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Scripture says that Christianity is the way of peace. Notice
Romans 3:17. As Paul talks about the power of the gospel, Romans 1:16,
‘I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,’ he shows that all men need the
gospel need Christianity. He says in Romans 3:17 “And the way of peace
of the Jews,” he says “they have not known.” What is that way of peace?
That way of peace is Christianity. It is the good news that the gospel saves
men and women from their sins. In fact the gospel and its powerful
message, it's the core of what peace is.
Listen to Ephesians 6:17 “and having shod your feet,” Paul says,
“with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” The good news: God sent His
Son to a sinful world to live a perfect life to be a prime example of how to
live to make that ultimate sacrifice on Calvary for the redemption of sins.
That gospel message is the peace of the gospel, the peace of God in a
nutshell. When we talk about the gospel and peace being so uniquely tied
together, it is indeed a beautiful image found in the gospel of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
When we think about the question: What is the peace of God? Let's
also realize that peace, in its basic idea; peace in its basic principle is a
bond between God and man. It is a binding together of God and man as
seen in Scripture. Notice Ephesians 4:3. The Bible says that ‘Christians are
endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit,’ watch this now, ‘in the bond of
peace.’

Here's a very unique idea, peace is that which bonds, which holds,
which ties together God and man and brings peace. When we think of a
bond maybe think of something that attaches to pieces of another item
together. For example we might think in the sense of a welder. A welder
has two pieces of metal. He wants to weld those two pieces of metal
together, and he takes a welding rod and heat in the process and by that
he binds two pieces of metal together. Those pieces of metal are now
uniquely tied to each other. We've got God. We've got man. Sin made a
separation between the two. What is it that binds them together? The
peace of God binds them together. They're bound together by God's
amazing peace that is found in the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ.
Now what else is peace? How else will we define peace? Friend the
Bible and naturally as we think about the definition itself, peace is the
absence of conflict. When I think about peace, I think about tranquility. I
think about nobody disagreeing or fighting, not having any conflict, or
chaos, or war in one's life. In the spiritual sense, the Bible also uses that
definition. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 10:34. Jesus said “Do not
think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring bit bring
peace but a sword.” Here we have the idea that there is a certain amount of
conflict that is created by obedience to the gospel, but also peace is the
absence of that conflict. When Jesus brought peace, He wasn't trying to
create peace between governments. He wasn't trying to create peace
necessarily in wartime. Jesus brings the absence of conflict spiritually.
‘Don't think that I came to bring peace on the earth in a physical sense.’ He
came to bring peace spiritually speaking.
As Christians we can have that peace by obedience to the gospel.
Friend as we think about the meaning and definition of peace in the
Scripture, let's also realize that we will define peace as a as an absolute
state of calm spiritually speaking an absolute state of calm in our lives. Let
me give you an example of that from the life of Jesus. I want you to think to
Mark 4 for just a moment. Jesus is now out on the Sea of Galilee with His
disciples. A great storm arises. Jesus is asleep in the ship as the text tells
us, and the disciples are worried. It looks like the boat's going to sink. The
waves are going to crash over the sea. And so they say to the Lord, ‘Don't
you care that we're about to drown in the sea?’ in essence suffer,
shipwreck, and die. The Bible says in Mark 4:39 “then Jesus arose,

rebuked the wind, and said to the sea ‘Peace, be still,’ now watch this, ‘and
the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.’”
When we think about peace, we think about having that great calm in
our lives spiritually speaking. There's a lot as we said of conflict, chaos,
war, disagreements, and fighting in the world around us. Spiritually
speaking as a child of God, we can have that that serenity and that calm in
our life through the Lord Jesus Christ. That doesn't mean there's not to be
problems. That doesn't mean that there aren't going to be things that arise
to try to sway us off the straight and narrow, off the path of peace, and the
way of peace. I can possess that great calm that Jesus caused to occur
miraculously on the Sea of Galilee. Spiritually speaking, I can have that
calm, that tranquility, and that serenity in my life by obedience to the gospel
of our Lord and Savior.
Now, let's ask another question. We kind of see how the Bible defines
peace and what are some of the characteristics of it. Let's now ask: How do
I obtain this peace? What a wonderful attribute peace is! I want peace in
my life. You want peace in your life, especially spiritually speaking. How do
I obtain the peace of God?
Friend the wonderful news is this that peace that can be obtained is
available for all men everywhere to obtain it. Notice Luke 2:14-15. The
angel said “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill
toward men.” The peace of God is now on earth through the sacrifice and
life of our Lord and Savior. And all men upon the face of the earth can have
that peace that comes through Christ. I want you to think for just a minute
also about the words of John 14:27. Look at what Jesus said to His
disciples. Jesus said ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you not as
the world gives do I give to you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it
be afraid.” Jesus said “I'm going to leave my peace with you that that peace
I'm going to give you,” and He says ‘I'm not talking about worldly peace. I'm
not talking about a resolution conflict in governments and problems like
unto that.’ Spiritual peace is available from God, from Jesus and is here for
all men everywhere to access.
Knowing that a person has been redeemed of their sins, knowing that
the consequences of those sins cannot hurt us as a child of God, and
knowing that we have God and His power and His might on our side ought

to bring peace into our lives. I can lie down at night and know and have a
certain sense of serenity and tranquility knowing that I have, as a child of
God, obtained access to God's peace by Christ and by living the way God
wants me to.
Now we mentioned again, as we think about obtaining this idea of
peace, let's realize that Jesus is that peace. If I want to obtain this peace,
I've got to have Jesus in my life. Look at John 16:33. Jesus said “These
things I've spoken to you, these things I've spoken to you that in me,” listen
now, “in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation or
trouble. Be of good cheer I've overcome the world.” Jesus said, ‘I've told
you about all these things, My life, My death, My resurrection, about
sending the Holy Spirit, about My word, and in Me you can have peace.’ He
says ‘don't worry in the world. Yes, you're going to have trouble. But in
Christ one can have true peace.’ Ephesians 2:14, puts it this way of Christ
it says “For He Himself is our peace who's made both one Jew and Gentile
and has broken down the middle wall of separation.”
Friend as we think about obtaining this peace, it's a process that is
very unique. It's a process that's tied to Jesus. How do I obtain peace?
Friend I've got to have Jesus in my life. I've got to be in Christ to obtain that
peace. The Bible clearly teaches how I get into Christ. Galatians 3:27 says
“For as many of us as were baptized into Christ have clothed ourselves
with Christ.”
As we think today about the powerful peace of God and what it is,
how it's obtained in our Lord Jesus Christ? The Bible actually mentions the
exact moment in time when peace occurred.
Did you know that peace occurred at the very moment of the cross? I
want you to listen to the words of Colossians 2:14. The Bible again says of
Christ “And by Him, by Christ, to reconcile all things to Himself by Him
whether things on earth or whether things in heaven,” now listen, “having
made peace through the blood of His cross.” Where's the moment in time
where peace was made? When the blood of Jesus. Think about this, when
Jesus is taken up that hill to Calvary on Golgotha there, and they take His
hands and His feet, and they nail Him to that cruel Roman cross. He hangs
there in agony and the precious blood of Jesus flows down freely from the
cross. The Bible says that Jesus, at that moment in time, made peace

through the blood of the cross. What a beautiful idea! We can have access
to that peace.
Here's what we ask you to think about today, we've seen the power of
God's peace. We've looked at the Scripture to define exactly what that
peace is. Now we ask ourselves, do we really have that peace in our lives?
You can be sure the devil wants you to have discord, disunity, and
chaos and war in your life. In fact, he's going to do everything possible to
create that through sin. He is like that roaring lion seeking to wreak havoc
in my life and yours. The Bible says in Luke 22:31 Jesus speaking to Simon
Peter there He said ‘Simon, Simon Satan's desire to have you that he may
sift you as wheat.’ It is absolutely the case that the devil wants to wreak
and create havoc and disunity and discord and the absence of peace in my
life. The good news is this: by obedience to the gospel and through the
marvelous sacrifice of our Lord, I can have that peace.
Stop and think about your own life. What's it like right now? Do you
really have that peace? Do you have the absolute calm spiritually that God
wants you to have in your life? Do you have that that serenity and
tranquility that only comes through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Maybe you're thinking right now that's the opposite of my life. Right
now spiritually speaking, my life's a mess. My life is not where it needs to
be. I have doubts. I have worries. I have concerns. I have anxiety, and
spiritually I'm a wreck.
Friend the good news is that you can today have the peace of Christ
in your life.
How we do that? Remember to have the peace of God; you got have
Christ in your life.
Maybe you don't have that peace, because you have never really
obeyed the gospel message of salvation. If Jesus is the way, the truth, and
the life and that way leads to peace- then friend, we've got to obey the
gospel that Jesus clearly teaches us.

We ask you today to consider, have you obeyed the gospel of Jesus
Christ? Maybe you're thinking ‘Well what do I do to obey the gospel?’ Or
maybe I thought that I have, and I'm wondering about that.
Here's what the Bible says one must do to become a Christian: First
you've got to hear the all-powerful message of our Lord and Savior. The
Bible says in Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the
word of God.” I know faith is essential for Hebrews 11:6 says ‘without faith
it's impossible to please God.’ Whatever way by which I get faith is also
essential. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Have you listened to
the message of the New Testament?
If so, are you willing to put faith in that and believe in Jesus? Jesus
said “Unless you believe that I'm He you'll surely die in your sins,” John
8:24. Have you really believed that Jesus is the Savior of the world? If so,
are you willing to repent of sin in your life turn from it, do your best to stop
doing it, and turn to God? Jesus said in Luke 13:3 “Unless you repent you
will all likewise perish.” Having repented would you do what the Ethiopian
eunuch did and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior,
Acts 8:37-39? Having done all that to get into Christ, where peace is, would
you be immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins which bring war
and fights?
The Bible says in Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.” Maybe
you've never done that. Maybe you've never obeyed the gospel and
contacted the blood of Jesus which brings peace, Colossians 2:14.
You can do that today. You can become a Christian. You can remove
all the doubt and the worry and the discord in your life that Satan and sin
brings and have the peace of God- if you will simply obey the gospel.
Our prayer and our hope today is that God's peace will be in your life
and you can lay down tonight knowing I have the peace of God.

Study Questions for: “Topical Lesson: Peace 1”

1. According to 1 Corinthians 14:33, what is God the author of?
2. According to Philippians 4:7, what can guard our heart and minds?
3. What did the angels proclaim in Luke 2:15?
4. According to Romans 15:33, Who be with us?
5. According to Romans 16:20, God of what will crush Satan?
6. According to Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is the prince of what?
7. What does it tell us in James 3:18?

8. According to Luke 1:79, will guide our feet into what?
9. What is Jesus according to John 14:6?
10. According to Ephesians 2:17, what did Jesus preach?

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