The Gospel of Peace Through Peacemaking

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“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and
live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”
 (Eph. 5:1).

The gospel is the good news that the King has come,
as promised in the Holy Scriptures,
in the person and loving work of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God, Prince of Peace, Savior of the world, Lord of all;

who died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected from the dead,
sending forth his Spirit and Word to give us life through a new heart and spirit,
forgiving all who will believe in him and crediting to us his perfect righteousness,
reconciling and uniting us to the Father and adopting us as dearly loved children,
and giving to us the supreme gift of knowing and enjoying God in Christ forever.

Having given us peace with God, Jesus enables us to mirror his peace to others by:

inspiring us to love, worship, glorify, obey, and serve God with all our hearts,
uniting us in spirit and purpose with other believers in his body, the Church,
empowering us to lovingly restore and forgive others, even our enemies,
enabling us to put off sinful ways and be renewed in his likeness,
and making us ambassadors of his life-giving, reconciling power.


The gospel is the good news that the King has come, as promised in the Holy Scriptures, in the person and loving work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Prince of Peace, Savior of the world, Lord of all;

“You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36).

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel…. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day” (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

“They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!’” (John 12:13; see 18:37).

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” (1 John 3:16; see Rom 5:8).

“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).

“You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36).

who died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected from the dead,

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Rom 4:25)

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Pet. 3:18).

sending forth his Spirit and Word to give us life through a new heart and spirit,

“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Tit. 3:5-6).

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws” (Ezek. 36:26-27).

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).

forgiving all who will believe in him and crediting to us his perfect righteousness,

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26.28; see 1 John 1:8).

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

“The words … were written … for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead” (Rom. 4:23-24).

reconciling and uniting us to the Father and adopting us as dearly loved children,

“He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Col. 1:22; see Rom. 5:11).

“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection” (Rom. 6:5).

“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (Eph. 1:15).

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:1).

and giving us the supreme gift of knowing and enjoying God in Christ forever.

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:1-2).

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Ps. 16:11).

Having given us peace with God, Jesus enables us to mirror his peace to others by:

inspiring us to love, worship, glorify, obey, and serve God with all our hearts,

“Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love” (Eph. 6:23-24).

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 15:5-6; see Ex. 33:18-19; 34:5-8; 1 Chron. 16:23-24; Phil. 4:4).

“If you love me, you will obey what I command’” (John 14:15).

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Heb. 9:14).

Uniting us in spirit and purpose with other believers in his body, the Church,

“May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” (Phil. 2:1-2).

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Eph. 1:22-23).

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit” (Eph. 4:1-4).

empowering us to lovingly restore and forgive others, even our enemies,

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” (1 Thess. 3:12; see John 13:34-35).

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently” (Gal. 6:1).

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace” (Col. 3:12-15).

“Blessed are the peacemakers for the will be called the Sons of God” (Matt. 5:9; see James 3:17-18).

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).

Enabling us to put off sinful ways and be renewed in his likeness,

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8).

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Phil. 4:22-24).

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).

and making us ambassadors of his life-giving, reconciling power.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Cor. 5:17-20).

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Eph. 1:18-20).

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matt. 28:18-20).

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September 22, 2014