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Why this is important: Jesus is the Son of God. He came to earth in human form, died for us, was resurrected into an incorruptible body, ascended to heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God. One of the outcomes of His resurrection is peace. We now have it with God thanks to Jesus. We are in right standing because of His atonement.

In 1 Corinthians 14:33 Paul says, “God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” Although “peace” and “order” have not traditionally been classified as attributes of God, Paul here indicates another quality that we could think of as a distinct attribute of God. Paul says that God’s actions are characterized by “peace” and not by “disorder” (Gk. akatastasia, a word meaning “disorder, confusion, unrest” and translated as “riots” in 2 Cor. 6:5). God himself is “the God of peace” (Rom. 15:33; 16:20; Phil. 4:9; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:20; cf. Eph. 2:14; 2 Thess. 3:16).

In the Old Testament, the peace that God gives is described with the rich and full concept of the Hebrew term shalôm, meaning “peace” with an overall sense of well-being in all situations and relationships. “May the Lord bless his people with peace!” (Ps. 29:11). However, those who walk in wickedness do not have peace: “ ‘There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked’ ” (Isa. 48:22; 57:21; cf. 59:8).  [1]

God’s goal: God wants us to have peace and be at peace. Our peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has given it to us, and it grows within us. God wants others to see it and marvel at the power of God.

  • The fruit of the Spirit includes a peace that goes beyond that of salvation.
  • It is a sweet relationship.
  • We are called to His presence and called to be confident in that presence because we are His friends.
  • As Isaiah 26:3 says, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”

Good News: God’s ultimate provision of peace is discovered in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. It is only through the Messiah Jesus that peace with God can be achieved and maintained.

Thus, God’s peace can be defined as follows: God’s peace means that in God’s being and in his actions he is separate from all confusion and disorder, yet he is continually active in innumerable well-ordered, fully controlled, simultaneous actions. [2]

  • Luke 24:36 — 36 While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.”
  • Mark 16:4–6 — 4 Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. 5 Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.
  • John 20:19–21 — 19 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Master. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
  • John 20:26–29 — 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Master and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:14 — 14 knowing that He who raised the Master Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.
  • Hebrews 13:20–21 — 20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Master, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus the Messiah, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

[1] Grudem, W. (2020). Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Second Edition, p. 242). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic.

[2] Grudem, W. (2020). Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Second Edition, p. 243). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic.