Several weeks ago I was sitting in church and as the Preacher started his sermon, he began by reading the passage from Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Have you ever had a portion of a Scripture virtually leap out at you? The phrase “The God of peace” did that to me. In the Bible God calls himself the “God of peace” and Jesus is called the “Prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6 and supported with John 14:27). As I pondered on the phrase I thought to myself, is God truly a God of peace? Actually, what does God mean when He said I am the God of Peace? After all, there is a lot of unrest, strife, turmoil, and fighting going on in the world. Even God’s children experience these things. Since the beginning of time there has been very little time of peace. I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. That it applies as much today as it did when it was written. That it is true and that it is truth. So what does God mean when He said He is the God of Peace?
I began to pray that God would reveal the answer to me. I started to do research on the topic. Truthfully, the things I read did not give me clarity or inner peace. I continued to pray about the matter.
At first, I thought about the peace of God that passes all understanding, from Philippians 4:6-7. I concluded that this is entirely different from the God of peace. The peace of God is that unexplainable inner peace you get during times of adversity. You can’t explain it, but it happens. This is the work of the Holy Spirit as stated throughout the 14th Chapter of John.
Inner peace also comes from doing God’s will in your life. By being obedient to His Word and following the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Only Christians can experience this peace because non-Christians do not have the Holy Spirit indwelling in them, only born again believers. All of this is the peace of God and it continues throughout our life on this earth.
Now let’s consider the God of Peace. This is what came to me about this subject and what I state may be subject of debate so I am going to state it as “what if”. What if the God of peace is actually the difference in heaven and hell? Where each of us individually will spend eternity. That is ultimately comes after we leave this earth. Think about this with me. Eternity is defined as endless or infinite time. There is no end. Hell is a place of eternal misery and damnation. A lake of fire, torture and torment. Heaven is a place of reward, peace, praising God, and no sorrow. With this in mind, which place brings peace and which place agony?
The only way to heaven, according to the Bible, is through faith in Jesus, as the Redeemer of our sins. John 14:6 KJV, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Please note that the Scripture says I (Jesus) am “the” way, not “a” way. There is no other way and the Scripture I stated above from Hebrews 13:20-21 further supports that Jesus is the only way to heaven, the ultimate place of true and everlasting peace.
We also see from this the work of the Trinity. God as the God of peace. Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, as the Prince of peace. And the Holy Spirit giving us inner peace and comfort. Each performing a different role in the life of Believers.
To me, this is what God is saying when He says He is the God of Peace.