Know God, Know Peace 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Adapted from a Davon Huss sermonhttp://www.sermoncentral.com/print_friendly .asp?ContributorID=&SermonID=45371
Consider the sad story of Wilmer McLean. Prior to the Civil War, McLean owned a house on the BullRun in Northern Virginia. In 1861, duringaction at Manassas, a cannonball droppedthrough McLean’s kitchen fireplace chimneyand into a stew being prepared for CSAGen. P.G.T. Beauregard.
Seeking a more tranquil place to live, McLean bought a farmhouse in — of all places — Appomattox County. McLean’s house was chosen for the surrendermeeting between Grant and Lee.Later, McLean is supposed to have said "Thewar began in my front yard and ended in myfront parlor".Once the ceremony was over, members ofthe Army of the Potomac began taking thetables, chairs, and various other furnishings inthe house —essentially, anything that was nottied down—as souvenirs.
They simply handed the protesting McLean money as they made off with his property.Major General Edward Ord paid $40 for the table Lee had used to sign the surrender document, while Major General PhilipSheridan got the table on which Grant had drafted the document for $20 in gold. Sheridan then asked George Armstrong Custer to carry it away on his horse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmer_McLean
The McLeans left Appomattox Court House and returned to Mrs. McLean’s PrinceWilliam County, Virginia estate in the fall of 1867. When Wilmer McLean defaulted on repayment of loans, the banking house of "Harrison, Goddin, and Apperson" of Richmond, Virginia brought a judgment against him, and the "Surrender House"was sold at public auction on November 29, 1869.
Peace is a stranger to us. Wars we havehad in abundance. We have had two world wars. The last half of the last century was peppered with between 60 to 100 otherwars, depending on how we define the word "war." Individual lives have been equally chaotic. Homes and marriage torn apart, civil strife, crime on the street and in politics; where can there be peace? Thebeginning years of this century do not seem to offer much hope for future.
The world describes peace by thinking ofthe opposite of peace and says what peace isn’t; it isn’t war. The peace that Jesus came to bring was not just peace for one nation, but for all the nations of the world. This peace would not be brought about through political force or conquest of war, but through the humble Jesus.
The question being asked today from all walks of life is, "Where does world peace begin?" World peace does not start way over there somewhere. It begins in our hearts and minds. When there is peace in the heart, there is peace in the family; when there is peace inthe family, there is peace in the community; when there is peace in the community; there is peace in the nation; when there is peace in the nation, there is peace in the world.
The world works on outward peace. Christ works on inward peace and then works through us to bring that peace to others,Christ starts in the heart and works his way outward. Let’s talk about the nature, the source, thechannel, the duration, and then the absence of peace.
In an old copy of “The Wonderful Word” magazine, edited by Leon Tucker, is thissermon by W.H. Griffith entitled "The Power of Peace.“ He gave an exposition of: 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NET Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.
The Nature of Peace Peace of a quiet conscience Romans 8:33 NET Who will bring anycharge against Gods elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is the one who willcondemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us.
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, orpersecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Three questions1. Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?
Even when mankind brings some charge against us, we know that through JesusChrist we are fine. If we are guilty, we knowthat the blood has covered us. If we are not guilty, we know that God will judge andbring vengeance against the slanderer. We do not have to worry or fret over false or true charges. It’s not like legal dramas where the lawyers are scrambling to find solutions or answers. We don’t have to worry.
2. Who is he that condemns? Jesus Christ is going to judge the world. John 5:22 NET Furthermore, the Fatherdoes not judge anyone, but has assigned all judgment to the Son, We should fear the condemnation of the Son. Do we know the Son? Are we underthe blood? Have we made him our Lord and Savior? No hard questions on the Day of Judgment. Do you know the Son? Is he a friend of yours?
3. Who or what shall separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:37 NET No, in all these things we have complete victory through him wholoved us! 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation willbe able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If we have a good relationship with Jesus Christ, our consciences should be clear.Hebrews 13:18 NET Pray for us, for we aresure that we have a clear conscience anddesire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect.
Many people’s consciences condemn them.Keep playing the memories over and over. It is said of some Catholic convents: They look for young women who eat, laugh and sleep well. If they eat well, they physically can endure any hardship and any living condition. If they laugh well, they have a joyful spirit and can bear their cross easily and with gladness. If they sleep well, they have no serious sins and have a healthy spiritual life.
Do you have a healthy spiritual life? Granted some people’s consciences condemn them when it is not justified. Some have a warped sense of right and wrong. Some people’s consciencesexonerate them when they have committed heinous crimes. How is your conscience?Does it condemn you? You and Jesus need to have a talk about that. How does it feelwhen you know you’re all right when you lay your head on your pillow at night?
Peace of a restful mindPhilippians 4:7 NET And the peace of Godthat surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Distrustful anxiety Unusual concern betrays a lack of trust inGod’s care. Your mind is never at rest. Youneed to do more, need to be more. Give it a rest. Pray about everything. Peter says, And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty handby casting all your cares on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6,7 NET
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer! Be thankful for everything. Count your blessings. Seeing all we have makes us grateful, increases our love for God and reduces needless worry.
Peace of a surrendered will What am I going to do? How am I going todo it? Where should I go? When should I do it? For what reasons should I do it? Most ofthis is relieved when we have a surrendered will to Jesus Christ. He is our Lord, our leader, our Master. We don’t have to worry about those things because he will reveal it to us. God is my Co-Pilot. If God is your Co-Pilot, you better switch seats.
Let him be in control so you don’t have toworry about it. Give up and let Jesus take over and he’ll make a way for you.Well, if you’ve got mountains that you can’t climb, and if you got rivers that you can’tcross, oh and if you’ve got valley’s that you can’t span, let Jesus hold to your hand.
Well if you’ve got burdens to hard to bear, and if your load is more than your share, kneel down and talk to Jesus because Iknow that he cares. I want you to know thathe’ll make a way somehow. Resignation is peace. Peace of a hopeful heart Isaiah 50:7 NIV Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced.Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
Hope keeps us going. Without hope, we despair and quit. I set my face like flint. I shall not be, I shall not be moved.Just like a tree that’s planted by the water. How do people have hope like that? Theyknow where they are going and nothing willbe able to disgrace them because they are in God’s will.
God will always help those who areChristians. It may not be exactly the kind ofhelp we were looking for but God is always in it and he will get us through. There is a lot of hope there. People are at peace onthe direction or course of action they have taken. They are going in God’s direction.
Peace of loving fellowship Fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ is so important. Acts 2:42 NET They were devotingthemselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:46 NET Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts,
We do not experience that like the 1st century Christians did. Why? If there is trouble in the church, it is because there istrouble in somebody’s heart. Give us peacewhen we are with those who love us and we love them. Contrast Christian fellowship with the fellowship in the world.
1 John 1:6 NET If we say we havefellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we havefellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
We have fellowship, communion, with God.God is the friend who sticks closer than anybrother. He is always there and if we haveGod in our lives we can feel his presence.
The Source of Peace Peace with GodRomans 5:1 NET Therefore, since we havebeen declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, We are in rebellion, war, and enmity withGod. This is our problem. When we sin, wesin against God. We need to make peace with God.
God has made the peace treaty possible through Jesus Christ. Lot of issues with God. Make your peace with God before it’s too late. In God is peace. In us is trouble andwar and hatred, etc. God is a God of peace. He wants to come and bring peace and rest. The God of peace Romans 15:33 NET Now may the God of peace be with all of you. Amen.
The peace of God which passes all understanding. Something that mankind does not understand.Philippians 4:7 NET And the peace of Godthat surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The Lord of peace 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NET Now may theLord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Think about Jesus. He is the example ofpeace. Peace is not apathy, or indifference, or self-absorption. In Jesus we see sorrow, weeping, anger, love, all the human emotions. Yet he was filled with a calm which marked his wholelife. Only through Jesus can we be calm in our relations with people and calm in situations, and make all things work together for the good.
The Channel of Peace 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NET Now may theLord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.A channel is a course or passage through which something may be moved ordirected. In this case God wants to move his peace into our lives.
God has unclogged the channel on his end by the gospel of Jesus Christ.We need to unclog the channel on our end. How? The plan of salvation.
Hear God’s Word, Acts 2:14-37, Rom. 10:14 Believe God’s Word, Mark 16:15-16, Hebrews 11:6, Repent of sinful ways & turn to God, Acts 2:38, 17:30-31, Luke 13:3 Confess Jesus, Matt. 10:32-33, Rom 10:9-10Submit to Baptism for the forgiveness of your sins & gift of Holy Spirit Acts 2:36, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:20-21 Live faithfully all the days of your life. Titus 3:1, Hebrews 10:24-27, Matthew 6:33
The Duration of Peace “…give you peace at all times…"God has not promised an easy life. No, God has promised peace in the midst of the trials and troubles. John 16:33 NET I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage — I have conquered the world."
His peace is perpetual, unbroken in time and all the changing circumstances of life. What is being said here is that there is a peace available that we can experiencethrough disasters, calamities, sorrows, and losses. The peace of God may be permanent, but to be that there must be a permanent communion and permanent obedience to God. God gives peace bygiving his presence. Last part of verse, The Lord be with you all.
When Jesus is in the boat, the waves calm.When Jesus is in a life, He speaks peace to our souls. Is he in your life? The Lord be with us all.Then the peace of the Lord shall clothe and fill our hearts in Christ Jesus.
The absence of peace. There is no peace in hell. No clearconscience. Always guilty. No restful mind.always disturbed, full of anxiety and stress.Full of regrets. Nothing but regrets. Did not surrender. Your will be done. No hope. Nothing but despair. No fellowship with others or with God. No presence of God. On this earth we can block out pain. A tortured heart is a terrible thing.
On a scale of 1 (blissfully peaceful) to 10 (high anxiety), where would you rate your sense of God’s peace right now? Hell is nothing but one big panic attack forever.Come to the Lord of peace. If we come, hehimself will give us peace at all times and in every way. NO GOD, NO PEACE. KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE.