Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beatitude: Peacemakers

Beatitude: Blessed are the peacemakers

Beatitude means being in a state of utmost bliss, according to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary. Well here is another utmost blissfulness from Jesus's Sermon on the Mount:

Matthew 5  (ESV)  The Beatitudes:  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God"

Today's beatitude is on the peacemakers.
Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Strong's definition of peace is the best I've seen because most are of the impression that it is the absence of war: The tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is. Essentially the peacemakers are those able to bring peace to the souls of others. This concept is validated by:
Matthew 10:33  "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
 These two passages are of the same Greek word for peace. It would seem that one contradicts the other until it's considered for a time. The sword of the Spirit, we know, is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). God's word creates tension. As his word, some deny him before men. For those who believe, the denial of God causes contention. Spiritual warfare ensues. God's word creates variance among even those who love each other. The controversy over God is spiritual warfare. The spiritual world and the physical war:
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
This is spiritual warfare, and Satan's armies will never submit until they are thrown into the bottomless pit. Even rational people will fight holiness until the bitter end, being deceived by rulers of darkness. It may even be family, the schools, the government, and even the churches who we battle.

It's easy to see what that those who bring peace to the souls of others, shall be called the sons of God!  With the sword of the Spirit they bring peace to a few. The wrestling  match is over when others accept the truth of Jesus Christ.

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