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The God Of Peace

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I am struggling for words as I begin to write this, but I must try to relate an experience I had a few days ago.

I was out in a park pouring out my heart to the Lord, for, I go through some very hard things at times.  Like all of us these days.

I don’t know if I can adequately describe how I was feeling, except to say that I felt my whole life was so… what has it amounted to?  I felt so… broken… so… brought to nothing.

And unexpectedly a deep peace came very close to me.  It caught me unawares; I wasn’t expecting it.  I’ve known a measure of the peace of God over the years, but this was a peace deeper than anything I have ever known.  It was precious beyond words… so precious that I immediately cried out (in my heart), “Lord, you must keep this for me; I don’t trust myself to keep this; please keep this for me lest I lose it.”

…And after a few moments… it… or should I say, He… withdrew.

Paul writes of the peace of God that passeth understanding… but also of the God of peace.  I believe it was the God of peace Himself who drew so close to me, for there was a precious Presence in this peace.  And even though it was but for a few moments I have come to realize… beloved, we too readily presume in the present level of our spiritual consciousness.  What I mean is, we consider ourselves spiritually conscious when in fact we are yet very short of the consciousness of God.  There are depths in our God that we simply know nothing about.  That afternoon I touched a God who…  He is a God of peace.  Oh, He loves peace.  He loves peace more deeply than we can comprehend.  In fact He is peace, peace at a level beyond words to describe.  Strife of any kind is to Him the most jarring of things.  Violence, force, contention, harshness, strife… whether in word or deed… it pierces Him to the heart.  This strife-torn world is an alien world to Him.  He is so gentle of heart.  Oh how He longs for a world that is filled with His peace.

And He will yet have such a world.  For He has promised that of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end… till the kingdom of His righteousness and peace covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.

I feel so helpless trying to describe the peace I felt, and I guess I have to give up trying.  What is a description compared with an experience?

And so all I can say is… it isn’t enough that I had so fleeting a taste of this peace.  All it did was wreck me.  It seems like all else has become ashes to me.  I must pursue this peace.  I will not stop short of coming to abide in this peace… in this God of peace.  I noticed in my Interlinear Bible that every place where the God of peace is mentioned it actually says, “the God of the peace.”  In other words, it is a matchless peace, there is none other like it—the peace of God Himself… the God of peace Himself.

Oh, to abide in this peace!

The Ever Increasing Kingdom

There is a feast that “mends in length” — that grows greater, better, richer, fuller, deeper, the longer it continues.  This feast is, really, the table of the Kingdom of God, where we are sitting down with our King at His table, and in His kingdom.

It is a kingdom the increase of which shall know no end.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government 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 forever” (Isaiah 9.6,7).

There shall be no end to the increase of this kingdom—its government, its peace.  This kingdom is an everlasting kingdom that cannot be destroyed.  In fact, as many as have sought to come against and destroy this kingdom have only caused it to increase.

Daniel saw “a Stone cut out without hands” (there’s your Rock that came down from Heaven, Cole) that smote a great image of gold and silver and bronze and iron and clay—smote it upon its feet.  And the whole thing came crashing down, “and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors, and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them.  And the Stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2.35).

This is what happened at Calvary.  The Son of God at Calvary, as they drove in the nails— it was God who was doing the smiting.

Jesus the Son of God had come on the scene pronouncing that the kingdom of the heavens was at hand.  He went about ministering this wonderful kingdom—preaching to the poor the Glad Tidings of this kingdom, healing the sick, casting out demons…  The kingdom of God was not something to come some distant day down the ages.  The king of the kingdom was present!  The kingdom of God had come nigh!

“But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you” (Luke 11.20).

Satan was not happy with all this.  If this One were allowed to continue on, it would be the utter demise of his own kingdom.  He had to do something about it.  And so he conspired to have the King of this kingdom crucified.

People get fascinated by conspiracy theories.  God had His own conspiracy par excellence in the works.  What happened at Calvary was a sting operation like none other.  For, when Satan sought to put a halt to this kingdom by conspiring to have the king of this kingdom crucified—and he succeeded in his evil design—much to his everlasting dismay, all he succeeded in doing was causing this kingdom to increase!

For, when the risen and ascended King sat down on the Throne of the Kingdom at the right hand of the Father and sent forth His Holy Spirit upon the waiting disciples, this was the increase of His kingdom!  And now they went forth in multiplied numbers proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Acts 8.12, 14.22, 19.8, 28.23,31) .

Oh, what a wonder.  Oh, the wisdom of God—“the wisdom of God in a mystery… which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory” (1 Corinthians 2.8).

In spite of all his knowledge—and he prides himself on his knowledge, we are told: Ezekiel 28.3,17—Satan (I say this respectfully) seems to be a slow learner.  He just never seems able to comprehend the wisdom of the Cross.  For he continues to assault this everlasting kingdom to this day.  What shall the end be of all his malice, I wonder?  For he is working overtime these days, intent on obliterating this kingdom from the earth.  At times it seems he has almost succeeded… as he did that day at Calvary.  (We are smiling at this now, aren’t we?)

…Beloved saints of the Most High—the ones Daniel in another of his visions saw taking the kingdom, Dan. 7,18—let us not be slow learners ourselves.  Let us walk in the wisdom of God.  Let us take up our own cross, and follow Jesus.  I confess… I myself have been such a slow learner in this area.  Even so, I continue to take my place as a disciple at the feet of Jesus.  For, wherever the saints of the Most High are taking up their cross and following Jesus, are standing true in their troubles, are fighting the good fight of faith, are fighting the Lamb’s war, are seeking to overcome evil with good, are walking in righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit… this is the fellowship of the “kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ”—and the increase of His everlasting kingdom is inevitable.

And God has a surprise in store.  The hour is at hand when this kingdom shall “come”—shall be openly manifested in great fullness.  When, and where, shall it stop?  Never, apparently.

Daniel saw this mountain filling the whole earth.  Isaiah saw a day when its increase would cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11.9).

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