WHAT IS A “PEACEMAKER”?
I can not begin to overestimate the importance of reading your Bible in Greek, sometimes. A few weeks ago I wrote a HOT Topic showing you how to do so (see 4/28/10: YOU ARE LOVED) Today, “Blessed be the Peacemaker” is one of those scriptures that exemplifies its importance.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matt 5:9
For years, there has been two definitions most regularly associated with “peacemaker”. #1- Some totally peaceful dude who sits around and lets himself get beat up and defeated. #2- A .357 Smith and Wesson gun inflicting peace by force. What a way of making peace! Neither have ever seemed alluring to me, and it was upon my own lack of understanding of Matt. 5:9 meant, that led me to dig deeper into the true nature of the peacemaker that brought this HOT Topic. Never one for being a wallflower, I didn’t think being a steamroller was the answer either!
Eirēnopoios (ā-rā-no-poi-o’s) in the Greek is literally translated “a peacemaker”, which again doesn’t give us much more instruction, except that when you notice that eirēnopoios is one of those Greek words that has two parts, eirēnē and poieō (peace + maker). Upon deepening your study, you will find that “peacemaker”, literally translated means, (Strong’s G1515) “One who makes or brings forth in the way that leads to peace (salvation): the blessed state of devout and upright men after death.” Therefore a ‘Peacemaker” is one who preaches/teaches/lives the Gospel, winning souls, and setting at peace the inward struggle of man in life after death. In Matthew the Lord isn’t telling us to get into the ”war’ business, He is telling us to get into the ‘soul saving’ business!
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. Prov. 11:30
For Christ himself has brought peace [He being peace] to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. Eph 2:14-17 NLT
SPREADING THE WORD
Spreading the Word of Christ and salvation, promotes peace, and it does so by setting at right a persons eternal soul. No more having to wonder about right, wrong, death, and ‘afterlife’s’. All of these questions that deserve answering, naturally bring to a person an inner war and battle. For instance, if your best friend does not have rest in her soul, and is always troubled and about to snap, chances are she lays awake at night in worry about her life and what she is going to do next. I was always taught that the root of all fear is the fear of death. Someone who is afraid of walking alone at night> is afraid of being strangled> is afraid of death> is not sure of their eternal life. Someone who is afraid of losing a job> is afraid of running out of money> getting evicted> being homeless> starving> dying> death. Therefore fear’s main objective is for us to life in uncertainty of where you are headed. A Peacemaker will help guide his brother or sister in peace, through the Word of God and how to live life without fear, by bringing the certainty of salvation.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
You have to come to a point where you don’t just ‘have’ Jesus, you ‘know’ Jesus. We have learned to know Him, by reading His Word and coming to that complete understanding that when our bodies ‘die’, our spirits will go on to life with Him in eternal life. The true message of ‘peace’ in Christ is that He has forever (through His death and resurrection), set at rest for us who believe in Him the question… “Where do we go from here? What happens, after…after..?” Think of it, if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were going to ‘life forever in eternity with Christ’, wouldn’t you get a better night sleep? You would know that no matter what, you were going to be alright. Christ, has brought that peace to us.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12
So the question then becomes, am I “Once saved always saved?” What a loaded question! If you have prayed the prayer of salvation, you can always ask to be forgiven of your sins that you may commit through life after your commitment to Christ. The only ‘unforgivable’ sin is the denouncing of Christ and His Holy Spirit, because you have to be able to seek forgiveness to be forgiven. If you do not believe in Him and His power of salvation and restoration, you will be left in an unforgiven state and are in a sin against God that can not then be forgiven. I pray for those are living this way! Without Christ, there is no peace, and without this peace we have no eternal life apart from damnation.
So are we “saved” for life?
THE FINAL JUDGEMENT
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” Matt 25:31-36
The righteous will go into eternal life, and the unrighteous will be dismissed of. Through salvation, we can all ask for forgiveness, but if we do not care to seek forgiveness we can assume that living unrighteous will cause for us separation from God regardless of our prayers of salvation. I don’t think that Christ will ever leave you when you receive Him, but you would have had to ‘receive’ when you prayed for salvation in the first place. Hollow prayers of salvation to please your parents will not bring you peace, and unless you have had the outward demonstration of water baptism, chances are you still waffle in your decision. Thank God I am not the JUDGE!
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Ro 10:10
Your desire to live righteously, and speak His Word, builds and confirms to us in our hearts that we are saved. I believe I am saved for life, because I choose to have His Word grounded in my life, never questioning it or going against it in rebellion. I have made the decision that unto death, I will hold His Word as the final authority in my life. His Word has become my new identity, giving up on the Word, would be like me giving up on life. It would be suicide! Could I be led astray? I suppose it is possible, however, I would have to literally forget everything I have gone through and all the the Lord has done for me! Personally, that would be like me forgetting my own first name!
YOU ARE A PEACEMAKER
You are a peacemaker if you tell others of Christ and the eternal life we have in Him! It does not mean you need to become a ‘Pastor’, just like in Matthew when you feed the hungry and over drink to the thirsty, these are actions that open the door to your brother and sister to let them know that you don’t just have “answers” for them you have the “ANSWER” for them! You are a peacemaker when in loving God and honoring Him, you spread the Word of Christ and His power of Salvation. I choose to write about it, others sing about it, some go door to door about it… either way peacemakers are doing it…. and being blessed!
A prayer today,
Lord God my prayer today is that you would deliver this Word to Your people, that there is nothing we can do to “MAKE” peace. Peace is made when we go about teaching the permanent rest of the soul. Help Your people to understand that ‘You make a way when there is no way’, and that there is no peace by force or complacency, there is only peace when a soul is brought to rest. People can temporarily be forced to do what is the will of another, but even under the best conditions, they will still harbor resentment and not know where they are going when they die. Reveal to Your people the knowledge of the scripture, “Return to me, and I will return to you” Mal. 3:7. Show them that all of us, or finances, our health, our families, our hopes, our dreams, belong unto You and if we return to You and Your righteous cause, You will return unto us! AMEN!
May God Bless you today, all you Peacemakers you!