PEACE

Definitions
Peace with God
Completion
Spiritual Peace
Strategic Objectives
Peace in the Divine Dynasphere
No Peace in the World
Peace in Spirituality
Peace in the X, Y, Z, and Time Axes
Peace of Christ
In Salutations, Hymns, Praise, and Doxologies
Happiness
Prosperity
Peace in the Spiritual Body
Divine Good
Peacemakers
Millennial Peace
Eternal Peace

Definitions

1. Greek ei*rhvnh (eirene) = peace, harmony, prosperity (Jn 14:27; 16:33; 20:19; 1 Cor 14:33; Phil. 4:7; Col. 3:15; Gal 5:22)
2.  Aramaic amlv = Hebrew <olv* (shalom) = peace, security (Job 5:24; Josh 9:15; 1 Ki 5:12; Ps 69:22), safety (Ps 4:8), harmony (SOS 8:10), friend (Ps 41:9; Jer 20:10); tranquility (Isa 32:17); soundness, in body (health, Ps 38:3); welfare (Gen 43:27; Ex 18:7; Judg 18:15), prosperity (Psa 73:3)
3.  Peace is a special blessing of tranquility of soul and harmony in a love relationship.
4.  Peace is the smooth function that results from completion.  It includes rest, relaxation, quiet, contentment, composure, rationality, health, security, well-being, harmony, rapport, success, and prosperity.
5.  In the spiritual realm God is the source of Peace, and Satan is the source of tribulation, chaos, confusion, and rebellion.

Peace with God

1.  Peace with God requires Reconciliation and forgiveness of sins.  Man must be reconciled to God through the payment of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world (Eph 2:14-18; 6:15; Col 1:20).  Salvation by faith in Jesus Christ is required for the forgiveness of sins and Eternal Life.  Only the born again believer can have Peace with God.
2.  Jesus Christ brought a message of Peace and Reconciliation in the First Advent (Lk. 1:79; 2:14; Acts 10:36).
3.  God is the source of Peace (Ps 29:11; Isa 26:12; Jer 16:5; Haggai 2:9; Rom 15:33; 16:20; 1 Cor 14:33; 2 Cor 13:11; Phil 4:9; 1 Thess 5:23; 2 Thess 3:16; Heb 13:20).
4.  The feet carry the Gospel in the way of Peace and Reconciliation (Isa 52:7; Nah 1:15; Lk 1:79; Eph 6:15) in contrast to reversionists on a path of devastation and destruction (Isa 59:7-8).
5.  The hands sow the Gospel in Peace (Isa 32:17; Jas 3:18).
6.  Satan is the enemy of God (Matt 13:39).
7.  Unbelievers are the slaves of Satan and the enemies of God (Rom 5:10).
8.  Carnal believers and reversionists, who are not filled with the Holy Spirit, are the enemies of God (Phil 3:18; Jas 4:4).

Completion

1.  The fundamental concept of peace is harmony from completion.
     a.  After God re-created the Universe in six days, He rested on the seventh day (Gen 2:2).
     b.  Thus, under the Law, six days of a week were for work, and the seventh was the Sabbath, as a day of rest (Ex 20:8-10).
2.  In the building analogy, there can be no rest until the building is completed.
     a.  An unfinished product does not have full functionality.
     b.  A wall with an unfinished gap does not provide security.  A half-baked loaf of bread does not satisfy the one who eats it.  An unfinished boat may sink.
3.  True love is the completion of a right relationship.  There is peace and harmony in a true love relationship, such as with God or Right Man Right Woman.
4.  Pseudo love is an attempt to complete a wrong relationship.  There is lack of peace and harmony in wrong relationships, such as with Satan or wrong man wrong woman.
5.  Health is indicative of a fully functional body.
6.  Integrity, rationality, and composure are indicative of a fully functional soul.
7.  A fully functional life is indicated by capacity for life and love, happiness, and success.
8.  The enemy of life is death (Rom 6:23).  Mortal human life is doomed to end because of sin (1 Cor 15:56; Jas 1:15).  Eternal life is required to live forever (Jn 10:28; 1 Cor 15:26).
9.  Contentment in the Spiritual life is based on completion (2 Cor 13:11).
10.  Contentment is being satisfied that nothing is missing (Lk 3:14; 2 Cor 12:10; Phil 4:11; 1 Tim 6:6, 8; Heb 13:5).
     a.  God never forgets or leaves anything out.
Matthew 5:48
Therefore, you shall be complete (ECS), just as your Heavenly Father is complete (God's Integrity).
     b.  When all is complete except for one thing, it is often a sign of a test (Jas 1:4; ref. 1 Pet 5:10).
James 1:4 Spiritual Maturity
But allow endurance to have its completed production, in order that you may be Spiritually mature and have integrity, in nothing lacking.
11.  Composure is maintaining objectivity under pressure (Eccl 10:4; 2 Thess 2:2).
12.  Comfort (based on completion) is genuine compassion and support for one in suffering (2 Cor 13:11; Ps 119:50; Isa 49:13; 61:2; 66:11, 13; Matt 5:4; 2 Cor 1:3, 4-7; 7:4-13; 1 Thess 3:7; 2 Thess 2:16-17; Philem 1:7).

Spiritual Peace

1.  The production of the Holy Spirit is Peace (Gal 5:22).
2.  The Spiritual life of the Christian begins at Salvation and will be completed in the Resurrection body at the Rapture (Phil 1:6).
3.  Under the Potter and Clay principle, God is the Potter and we are the clay (Isa 45:9; Jer 18:6; Prov 16:4; Rom 9:18-23).
4.  God is making us into a pot.  We have a New Spiritual life for Divine Good production (Eph 2:10).  The New Spiritual life requires completion of the Edification Complex of the Soul (Eph 4:12-13).
5.  Until the pot and ECS are complete, there cannot be perfect Spiritual Peace with God.  Therefore, there will be Divine punishment, which is not peaceful (Heb 12:6, 11).

Strategic Objectives

1.  Grace and Peace are objectives of the Christian life.
     a.  Grace is the free gift of God.  It is God's policy toward mankind, the expression of His Impersonal Love backed by Divine Integrity.  Grace began in eternity past, continues in Time, and lasts for all eternity.
     b.  Peace is Spiritual Rapport of God and man.  It is man's harmonious response to God.  Peace is multiplied in Spiritual Rapport (ref. Isa 26:3, <olv* <olv* (shalom, shalom)).
2.  Grace and Peace correspond to the strategic objectives in the Christian life of Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport (Eph 1:2).
3.  Advance to Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport are Sanctification from the world and consecration to God.
     a.  The Spiritually Mature believer is holy (Lev 11:45; Eph 1:4; 1 Pet 1:15-16; 2 Pet 3:11, 14) and sanctified from the world (Gal 6:14; Phil 3:7-8; 1 Jn 2:15-16), the flesh (Old Sin Nature) (Rom 6:1-14), and the devil (Eph 6:10-17; Jas 4:7; 1 Pet 5:8-9).
     b.  The believer in Spiritual Rapport is holy, consecrated to God, and sanctified from Satan and his demons (2 Cor 12:7-10; 1 Jn 2:13, 14).
4.  Peace refers to Spiritual Rapport with God (Deut 32:15; 33:26; Isa 44:2; Rom 15:29; Eph 1:23; 3:19; 4:13) and harmonious rapport between Right Man and Right Woman (Gen 17:15; SOS 8:10).

Peace in the Divine Dynasphere

Divine Dynasphere1.  Residence in the Divine Dynasphere is characterized by Grace and Peace.  It is like the eye of a hurricane.
     a.  God provides all the believer's needs through Grace (Phil 4:19).
     b.  Peace includes Spiritual Rapport with God and protection from the world (Jn 16:33; Phil 4:7).
2.  Peace in the Divine Dynasphere means harmony with God and stability to handle the trials and tribulations of life, Spiritual Self-Esteem (Ps 91:1-4).
     a.  It includes:  freedom from Emotional Revolt of the Soul, fear, worry, anxiety, arrogance, jealousy, self righteousness, bitterness (Ps 91:5-6; Rom 6:12, 14; 8:2, 6, 15).
     b.  It also includes success and prosperity in the conflicts of life (Ps 55:18; 91:7-10).
3.  Peace in the Divine Dynasphere protects the Spiritual Body from the Cosmic System (1 Jn 5:18, 19).

No Peace in the World

1.  There is no peace in the world (Deut 28:65; Jn 16:33) and no peace for Satan and his demons in the Cosmic System.
2.  There is no peace for the unbeliever and reversionist (Isa 48:22; 57:20-21; 59:7-8; Ps 34:16; 1 Pet 3:12).

Peace in Spirituality

1.  Peace is the production (fruit) of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22).
2.  The Filling of the Holy Spirit provides Peace in protection from the Old Sin Nature (Rom 8:6).
3.  Spiritual Rapport with God includes the bond of peace with God and others (Eph 4:3).
4.  Spiritual Rapport with God results in harmonious rapport with others (Prov 16:7).

Peace in the X, Y, Z, and Time Axes

1.  Peace is received along the X, Y, Z, and Time axes (2 Cor 13:11; 2 Ti 2:22; 2 Jn 1:3).
2.  Faith (X-Axis) (Ps 85:10; 119:165; Isa 32:17; 48:18; Jer 33:6; Zech 8:19; Rom 14:19; 1 Tim 1:14; Heb 12:11; Jas 3:18)
3.  Love, rapport, harmony (Y-Axis) (Ps 122:6; Isa 57:19; 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 6:23; Jude 1:2).
     a.  Impersonal Love (Mk 9:50; Rom 12:18; 2 Cor 13:11; 1 Thess 5:13; Heb 12:14)
     b.  Harmony in the Right Man Right Woman relationship (ref. SOS 8:10)
4.  Hope (Z-Axis) (Rom 15:13; Gal 6:16; 2 Jn 1:3; Jas 3:17; Jude 1:2)

Peace of Christ

1.  The Peace of Christ begins in the believer at Salvation (Heb 3:6, 14).
2.  The Peace of Christ is given to the believer (Jn 14:27; 16:33).
3.  The Peace of Christ is love and harmony with Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union (Col 3:15; Rev 2:13).
4.  False teachers do not have rapport with Christ (Col 2:19).

In Salutations, Hymns, Praise, and Doxologies

1.  Greetings (Dan 10:19; Lk 10:5-6; Jn 20:19, 21, 26; Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 1:3; 2 Cor 1:2; Gal 1:3; Eph 1:2; 6:23; Phil 1:2; Col 1:2; 1 Thess 1:1; Philem 1:3; 1 Pet 5:14; Jude 1:2)
2.  Benedictions (Acts 16:36; Rom 15:33; Eph 6:23; 1 Thess 5:23; Heb 13:20-21)
3.  Praise (Jer 33:9; Lk 2:14; 19:38)
4.  Doxologies (Nu 6:26).

Happiness

1.  Peace includes Divine Happiness (Prov 12:20; Isa 55:12; Acts 9:31; Rom 15:13).  Unhappy people don't have peace.
2.  Peace and Happiness are produced by the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17; Gal 5:22)..

Prosperity

1.  Material prosperity is a type of peace (Ps 37:37; 73:3).
2.  Peace includes Spiritual blessing (Psa 29:11)
3.  Peace is well-being and health (Gen 43:27; Ex 4:18; Judg 19:20; Prov 3:2).
4.  Peace includes the prosperity and well-being of a city or nation (Ps 122:6-8; 125:5; 147:14; Isa 66:12; Jer 29:7).

Peace in the Spiritual Body

Spiritual Body1.  Peace produces harmony in the Spiritual Body (which is analogous to the Body of Christ) (Eph 4:16; Col 2:19; Jas 3:17).
2.  Peace in the hands (Isa 32:17; Jas 3:18).
3.  Peace in the feet (Is 52:7; Rom 10:15; Eph 6:15).
4.  Peace is healing to the body (Mk 5:34)

Divine Good

1.  Peace comes from Divine Good production (Rom 2:10).
2.  Divine Good is accomplished in Peace (Isa 32:17).
3.  The production of the New Spiritual life in the believer is Divine Good (Eph 2:10).

Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9
Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
1.  "Peacemakers" are arbitrators who try to make peace between contending parties.1  They are called "sons of God" because they are like God Himself, who made peace with man through His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:18, 19).
2.  Peacemakers evangelize the world to bring unbelievers, who are the enemies of God, into harmony with Him (Jas 3:18).
3.  Peacemakers are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20).
4.  Peacemakers seek to make peace (Ps 34:14; Isa 1:17; 1 Pet 3:11).

Millennial Peace

1.  The Millennium will be an age of world peace (Isa 2:4; 11:6-9).2
2.  The Lord Jesus Christ will rule as the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6-7; Micah 5:5; Zech 9:9, 10).

Eternal Peace

1.  The believer will have Spiritual Peace for all eternity (Ref. Rom 2:7, 10).
2.  Unbelievers will have no rest in the Lake of Fire forever (Mt 25:41, 46; Rev 14:11; 20:10).
 

References

1.  Vol. 2: Theological dictionary of the New Testament. 1964- (G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed.) (electronic ed.) (419). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
2.  LarryWood.  Prophecy of Peace on Earth, September 23, 2013.

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released August 31, 2015 - Revised Sept. 6, 2015

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