12-18-16 sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Psalm 85

Luke 2:8-14

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

The culmination of God’s salvation plan has come to earth. Man’s greatest need is peace with their Creator. Jesus came to bring that. Isaiah 9:6—He is the Prince of Peace. Peace to men of good will.

Matthew 10:34-37

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.36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

 

Jesus brings a way to have peace with God, not everyone will like this, or you! Peace on earth in its fullest sense is not until sin has been judged and defeated. Send peace—throw, cast, as though peace would be flung down from heaven. God isn’t forcing us to be at peace, even when He brings peace, people will fight!

Romans 5:1,2—Peace with God through Christ

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

Justified—to be made right. Peace—reconciliation, no longer enemies. We have peace—literally: let us have peace—puts the emphasis on us. Enter into and possess peace. God has provided reconciliation through Christ, He did His part; the rest is us. Rejoice—Boast, a joyful and triumphant confidence in the future.

Isaiah 32:17-18

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;

Through Christ we are made right, and the fruit of righteousness is peace. There will never be peace on earth until all is made right. Sure dwelling—secure from enemies. Result of righteousness is quietness, tranquility of mind and body.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

 

Study—make it your ambition or aim. Be ambitious, strive. Don’t follow the world’s aim which is to make a great stir. Quiet—opposite of meddlesome, unsettled. Love, be even more giving but withperfect calmness.

Believers are made right, and therefore should be at peace—quiet rest. The world will still have a problem with this, they are not made right.

James 3:16-18

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable [quiet], gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

 

Envying—heated jealousy. Strife—rivalry. Confusion—tumultuous anarchy, commotion. Evil work—worthless, paltry, cheap, bad. Eight characteristics that let you know if you are hearing or applying heavenly wisdom. Easy to be intreated—compliant, persuadable, not stubborn or morose. Make peace—not just a peace maker, but one who cultivates peace, be the physicians rather than the executioners of sinners.

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