Ezekiel – Revealing Our Covenant of Peace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Old Testament times, Zion was God’s chosen place and is the place where God intended to inhabit (Psalms 132:13) and establish His covenant of peace.  Today in God’s grace, we believers are the chosen place where God inhabits (Ephesians 2:18-22) giving us spiritual peace.

Ezekiel 34:25-26:
-25:  And I {God} will make with them {believers} a covenant of peace {also see Ezekiel 37:26}, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
-26:  And I will make them and the places round about my hill {Zion} a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

The “covenant of peace” was given to those of the children of Israel who would believe and looked forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. Today, Jesus Christ has already come. He is our covenant of peace (with God), and he currently is residing within our hearts (Colossians 1:27).

This is the definition of the word Christian, for a Christian has Christ – within!

In Acts 10:36 we have an enlightening verse of Scripture: “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:).” The Word of God that was sent to the children of Israel by God’s prophets was for “preaching peace by Jesus Christ” because all of the Scriptures relate to Jesus as he is the subject of the Word.

Then the verse states “he is Lord of all” because today he is our Lord of peace and our covenant of peace.

II Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

Jesus said “my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27), and “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace” (John 16:33). Jesus Christ, by giving his life for us, made an everlasting covenant of peace between God and man (believers).

Hebrews 13:20-21:
-20:  Now the God of peace {the architect of the covenant of our peace}, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood {the blood of Christ that washed our sins away} of the everlasting covenant {of peace},
-21:  Make you perfect {in our standing before God} in every good work to do his {God’s} will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through his accomplishments on our behalf. Since we have peace with God; He is able to work within our hearts to do that which is well-pleasing in His sight (Philippians 2:13).

Jesus Christ made an everlasting covenant for us by offering and giving his life (Hebrews 9:13-28) in order that we may boldly walk with God.

Ephesians 2:14-15:
-14: For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace, who hath made both one {believers from any walk of life}, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-15: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments; for to make in himself of twain {two} one new man, so making peace;

The “enmity” was a conflict between the children of Israel and the Gentiles because Israel thought they were God’s chosen people (and they were during the Old Testament times).

Now in God’s grace, in the New Testament age, any person who will simply accept Jesus Christ can become saved and enjoy our Covenant of Peace that we now have in and through Christ.

The Peace of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 14:27:
Peace I {Jesus Christ} leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Christ’s peace is a precious gift that we have, his peace will guard our hearts from being troubled, and his peace comforts our hearts to relieve us from fear. As we know, there have been peace treaties written for thousands of years, yet they never seem to last and most people have an extreme distrust in them. But the peace of Christ is written deep within our very hearts. We are not instructed to pray for peace, but rather we are to let (allow) Christ’s peace to rest at home in our hearts. Christ has established permanent peace between you and God (Ephesians 2:12-22).

Ephesians 2:14b:
For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace. . .

Could the Word of God be more precise? Jesus Christ is our peace, because he is our inner souls’ comfort. The more that we understand whom Jesus Christ is, the more we will be able to let the actual peace of Christ into our hearts.

Colossians 3:15a:
And let {allow} the peace of God rule in your hearts. . .

The word “God” in Colossians 3:15 from the Greek Text is the word for Christ, not God. Oh, definitely we have the peace of God, but if we leave God’s name in this verse, then spiritual truths become left out, the first truth being that Christ’s peace is also in our hearts. The word “rule” means to umpire. Christians are to allow Christ to be the umpire of our hearts, and in order for us to allow him to umpire, we need to acknowledge him as being alive and at home in our hearts. This is why the next verse, Colossians 3:16 states “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; . . .”

Romans 5:1:
THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through {or, by means of} our Lord Jesus Christ:

We have peace with God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Henceforth, God’s Word encourages us to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” For starters, Christ said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” These are some of the words of Christ that believers may dwell on richly. Peace of mind and peace of heart is the will of God for His children. Keeping the words of Christ alive (in your heart) will bring the written (and once spoken) words of Christ into a peaceful reality with the assurance that your heart will cease from fear and troublesome agitations.

So today, please allow the words spoken by Jesus Christ to delight and comfort your heart, realizing that you have already obtained the peace of Christ who continues introducing you into the genuine peace and presence of God in and around your life.

The Prince of Peace (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, and the greatest peace that men and women can receive is the peace of the Prince who ensures tranquility between God and man. Jesus is the missing link between God and man, so with the Prince of Peace, man has the complete ensemble of harmony and peace with the Creator of life. The Son of God is called in Ephesians 2:14 “our peace,” for Jesus Christ is much more than a simple peace treaty, because Christ is life (I John 5:12), and he is in us (Colossians 1:27), and he is “our {spiritual} life” (Colossians 3:4). Peace between God and man is something that we may serenely adorn ourselves with and enjoy every day. God is the Author of Peace (I Thessalonians 5:23), and Jesus Christ is the liaison who presents humanity with God’s heavenly, peaceful acquiescence.

II Thessalonians 3:16:
Now the Lord of peace himself {Jesus Christ} give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

In the Old Testament the Redeemer was prophesied as “The Prince of Peace,” and he was the hope of all humanity to redeem men and women back to God, and to also present us with everlasting peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7:
-6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder {the rule and authority to make peace}: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
-7: Of the increase of his government {his authority} and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

This is a prophecy regarding Jesus Christ who has been given some tremendous ordained titles including The Prince of Peace. Yet at the time Isaiah wrote this, this was a future hope with the prophecy of the child to be born, he and his peace was a blessed hope to daily anticipate throughout the Old Testament times. In the Gospel of Luke, we have the fulfillment of this prophecy from Isaiah that a child is born, as told to the shepherds by the angel.

Luke 2:11:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Christ the Lord – the Prince of Peace – was prophesied throughout the Scriptures. The hope of mankind rested solely upon his prophesied birth, and the complete fulfillment of all that was written and foretold of him began to be a literal reality, beginning at his conception (Luke 1:26-38) and birth (Matthew 1:18-25), which finally came to pass. Jesus Christ would bring salvation and peace to anyone, anywhere who would simply accept him as his or her Lord and Savior.

Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace in the Scriptures, and as we discover him therein we will find that he is also the embodiment (as well as the reality) of the “gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15 below). As Christ and his peace truly become known in the heart of our understanding, we will simultaneously realize that God’s peace is also filling our inner souls.

Our heavenly Father is the epitome of genuine and everlasting Love and Peace (II Corinthians 13:11), which Christ delivers to believers. Thus, the more we learn from God’s Word, the further we will learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and he indeed will reveal to us the peaceful spiritual essence of God our Creator, our heavenly Father, and our sufficiency in Christ.

When the Prince becomes clearly known from the Scriptures, he then begins introducing to the hearts and lives of believers his luminous peace, peace that emanates from the Throne of God’s grace. Then the written, spoken, and preached Word of God begins immersing our believing heart in the light of the Gospel of Peace.

Romans 10:15:
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written {in Isaiah 52:7}, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace {which is to preach Jesus Christ}, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Whenever Christ is preached, wherever he is made known, his peace will follow, and saturate languished souls as the Word of God begins uplifting hearts with glad tidings of good things. How often have we heard and perhaps feared the hellfire, brimstone, and condemnation that are preached? Too often, I suspect. However, when God’s healing Word is truly introduced to the believer, then glad tidings of good things from God’s Word about Christ, the Prince of Peace also becomes known.

God gives to us, His children, the wonderful knowledge that we have the Prince of Peace within, and from the moment we allow him into our hearts, good things promised to us in the healing Word begin to come our way. God’s Word encourages us to believe positively and claim His promises in the name of Jesus Christ. The Prince of Peace has a mission, which is to show us that we absolutely do have everlasting peace with God and that He loves us unconditionally and completely.

John 14:27:
Peace I {Jesus Christ} leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Christ’s peace is a precious gift that we have. His peace can guard our hearts from being troubled, agitated, and his peace comforts our inner souls and relieves us from fear. As we know, there have been peace treaties written for thousands of years and history has taught us that they never last (this is as the world giveth), and most people have an extreme distrust in them. But the peace of Christ is written within our hearts. We are not instructed to pray for peace with God, but rather we are to let (allow) Christ’s peace to rest at home in our hearts. Christ has already established permanent peace between you and God (Ephesians 2:12-22).

Ephesians 2:14 reads, “For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace,” could the Word of God be more explicit? Jesus Christ is our peace because he is our inner souls’ comfort. The greater that we understand whom Jesus Christ is, the further we will be able to allow the actual peace of Christ to have place in our lives, then wherever we are and wherever our life’s path leads, Christ’s peace will be realized within us.

Colossians 3:15a:
And let {or allow} the peace of God {Christos} rule in your hearts . . .

The word God in Colossians 3:15 from the Greek Text is Christos, and is the word for Christ, rather than the Greek word for God, which is Theos. We definitely have peace with God, but if we leave God’s name in this verse as is mistranslated above, then spiritual truths become left out. The first truth being impeded is that Christ’s peace is also in our hearts, and it is only through him that we have true access to God’s peace and inner comfort. This is one of the major reasons so many believers lack inner peace ― they often bypass the Savior who is the subject in the Old Testament; however, it is always through Christ that men and women are enabled to know that they have peace.

The word rule means to umpire. We Christians are to allow Christ’s peace to be the umpire of our hearts, and in order for us to allow his peace to umpire we need to acknowledge him as being alive and at home (“safe” at home) in our entire beings. This is why the very next verse Colossians 3:16 encourages, “Let {or allow} the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.”

Romans 5:1:
THEREFORE being justified by faith {Christ’s faith, completing our believing faith}, we have peace with God through {or by means of} our Lord Jesus Christ:

We have peace with God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Henceforth, God’s Word encourages let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. For starters, Christ said, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. These, are some of the words of Christ that believers are to dwell on richly, and so rich is his peace that the standard and quality of our spiritual lives become upgraded and enhanced as we learn of Christ from the Scriptures. Peace of mind and peace of heart without fear is the living will of God for His children.

John 16:33:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Keeping the words of Christ alive in the inner heart of our minds will help implement the written prophecies of the Prince of Peace into a peaceful reality with the assurance that our hearts will cease from fear and troublesome agitations. So right now, please allow the words about the peace of Jesus Christ to delight and comfort your heart, realizing that you have already obtained the peace of Christ who continues introducing you into the genuine peace and presence of God in and around your life.

Rejoice in the Lord (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle to the Philippians was written from Rome, and more specifically from a prison cell. Yet what is most notable throughout this wonderfully written inspiration is the mention of the words joy and rejoicing, used some sixteen times in four short chapters and each one is worthy of notation for our inspiration. In this study, we will be highlighting four verses from Philippians 4, commencing with “Rejoice in the Lord.”

Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Joy is something God gives as a spiritual inner quality of life, while happiness is something man has and is conditional upon circumstance. For instance, if someone gave us a fancy sports coupe, we would certainly be happy, but over time as the car wore down and rusted out, the happiness would begin to dwindle, especially when it needed servicing. However, joy can continue to bubble over into rejoicing regardless of any circumstance for it is literally a gift of God as His healing Word continues making known to us the complete fullness of His joy.

I John 1:4:
And these things write we unto you {the Scriptures}, that your joy may be full.

The Scriptures are written so that we may know the complete fullness of having joy. We are not half full of joy, and as we come to God’s Word and allow Him to be our guide, He is able to show us with indisputable revelations that we are completely full of His spiritual joy. When Paul said Rejoice in the Lord alway he was referring to an overabundance of joy to the point that it was running over.

John 15:11:
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Rejoice is a repeat performance of having the fullness of joy. God’s instruction to us is not only to have rejoicing always, but also to rejoice again and again. Amazingly, Paul wrote Philippians 4:4 (above) from prison, yet he himself had this inner joy that was overflowing. He had the practical experience in understanding that God continually blessed his life and even though in his current situation he was incarcerated, his life continued to be full of joy and rejoicing.

Philippians 4:5:
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Moderation means that we are to let our patience and our self-control over life’s circumstances be known. The reason that we can have patience and self-control is first and foremost that we know the Lord is at hand; He is always with us so that we need not have fear. This indeed can inspire others, believers and unbelievers.

Philippians 4:6:
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Be careful for nothing is old English and means to be anxious for nothing because God indeed will answer our heartfelt prayers. When we give to God our worries, our cares, our concerns, and our fears by supplication with thanksgiving, then we will learn to have complete trust that our care is truly in His hands.

Supplication means a specific need in one’s life, and the Scripture encourages us to make our exact needs known to God with thanksgiving, that is, to be thankful in advance for God giving us the special requests that we ask of Him (Mark 11:24, I John 5:14-15).

Philippians 4:7:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The peace of God is another spiritual quality of life that God freely gives to us. This peace far surpasses all human understanding, yet we can know with complete assurance that we indeed have the peace of God in our lives. As we continue in our personal prayer life to God, He continues showing us His peace that not only is in our hearts but also is guaranteed to us through Christ (John 14:27, Romans 5:1). The word keep means to watch over and to guard (us), to spiritually protect our hearts and minds from fears, because we already have the joy and peace of God in our hearts.

The Epistle of Philippians is such an inspiring revelation that it compels us to praise God for His wonderful Word, and so as the Apostle said, Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Psalms 5:11:
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Philippians 4:4 (The Amplified Bible):*
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

“Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose.” ~Charles Du Bos~

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” ~Richard Wagner~

“To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.” ~Alfred A. Montapert~