Preaching peace

Preaching Peace

Jesus taught peace with God. You have to teach people how to have peace with God and how to keep their peace. It is something you have to learn. Paul taught extensively on peace because he had so many tribulations and persecutions and had to learn to keep his peace under all circumstances. He taught the Philippian church that they can have the peace of God that passes all understanding. (Phil 4:6)

When Peter was sent to Cornelius’ household, the Italian Centurion, he preached peace to them through Jesus Christ. (Acts 10:36) The same word was preached throughout all Judea: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him. (v. 38)

He describes how the apostles were witnesses to Jesus’ death and resurrection and how He commanded them to preach that Jesus would judge the living and the dead and whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. (v.42, 43)

While he was still speaking the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. They received the gift of the Holy Spirit and spoke with tongues and magnify God just like it happened on the day of Pentecost. Then Peter commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.

This is proof of the complete package deal of eternal salvation: to be born again is accompanied by being baptized in water and by the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues. It is so clear that I cannot understand why religious denominations would argue about it to keep the blessing away from their church members!

Preaching is ‘kyrugma’ or a proclamation of an important message like the town crying announced something to the people in the town square. It is not necessarily shouting, but definitely a form of raising the voice so that people can hear.

In the old days they had no microphones in churches or city halls so the old preachers had to raise their voices to make sure people at the back of the hall or in the balconies could hear them. It is useless to speak if people cannot hear you. But today we have microphones to amplify our voices so we don’t have to shout into the microphone – just turn it up a little louder!

Cornelius from Caesarea was waiting for Peter to come and called together some relatives and friends. That is how you start a church! When God sends someone call your friends and relatives together to come and hear the word of the Lord. The Holy Spirit will confirm the word with signs and wonders.

As Cornelius was praying at the 9th hour in his house, a man appeared to Cornelius and told him: ‘your prayers and alms are remembered in the sight of God.’ He was a Gentile, not a Jew, and yet God paid attention to his prayers and his habitual way of giving. God notices when you pray and when you give! God is not partial – there is no difference between Jew and Greek before God anymore. All have to be saved by believing in Jesus Christ as their Saviour!

The man in the vision told Cornelius to send for Simon whose surname is Peter and told him he lodges in the house of Simon the tanner in Joppa, near the sea so that he may speak to him.

Then he gathered the friends and relatives to hear all the things commanded by God. (Acts 10)

We are commanded to preach peace with God! You have to preach peace: your words will impart faith for people to believe they can have peace with God! Impartation penetrates the mind and the heart! When Peter preached on the day of Pentecost about Jesus’ death and resurrection the people were cut to the heart and asked what they must do to be saved. Peter told them: ‘repent and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 2:380

Why are we commanded to preach peace? Because the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost! (Rom 14:17) We are His ambassadors begging people to be reconciled with God through Jesus Christ. (II Cor 5:17-21). The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace (James 3:18)

It is difficult to preach peace in a time of war and turmoil. That is why we are instructed to pray for our government so that we can live peaceably and have opportunity to preach peace! (I Tim 2:1, 2)

In order to have peace you must learn to be spiritually minded. (Rom 8: 1, 6)

The amazing thing about peace is that it can be multiplied! (II Pet 1:2) You can have more peace today than you had yesterday!

Ephesians 2:14 tells is Jesus is our Peace. He is the Prince of Peace!

The unrighteous cannot know the peace of God. (Rom 2:10. 17) But peace belongs to those who are reconciled to God being born again, not of the flesh but of the spirit. They are children of God and part of the household of God and the quality of God’s kingdom is peace! It is a fruit of the spirit.

By learning not to be anxious but making all your requests known to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving the peace of God that passes understanding will keep your minds and heart in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6) Talk to God about everything and your peace will be multiplied! Give thanks that God will take care of it. When you think about something that makes you anxious immediately pray about it and commit it to God and you will have peace about it! This is a special grace given to the children of God. Then give thanks to God by faith believing the matter is now in God’s hands.

Learn to practice thinking on good things, things of good report and the God of peace will be with you! (Phil 4:8, 9)

Jesus told His disciples: ‘My peace I leave with you.’ (John 14:27) The peace Jesus has is available to you and me. We can have peace and also become peacemakers!

Peace causes rest. You can enter God’s rest by having peace with God. This is what Jesus came to offer us: a new way of living this earthly life.

You have peace because you believe, not because you are perfect. Your peace passes understanding: in other words you don’t understand why you have peace! You ought to be troubled, but you have peace! Your circumstances want to force you to be anxious but you have peace! People try to upset you but you have peace! Nothing can disturb your peace because you obtained it by believing and faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen! (Heb 11:1)

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour you can do it today by simply acknowledging the fact that He died for your sins and that He is the Son of the Living God! By believing in your heart and confessing it with your mouth you shall be saved. (Rom 10: 8-10) Then you can have peace. This is the message of the Kingdom of God that we were commanded to preach! This is the same Gospel that Jesus preached! This is what Peter preached! This is what we preach! Those who hear and believe will be saved and have peace!