God's Peace Is Beyond Comprehension

by Wayne Barber

We are continuing to look at the love of Christ being produced in the life of a believer who yields to Him and to His Word as revealed in Galatians 5:22 and 23. We have seen that His love is characterized first by His joy! Even in the midst of hard times it is present!
Secondly, when Christ's love is present there is peace! The word for "peace" in verse 22 is eire\ne\-a beautiful word. It means to be undisturbed; to be without conflict! It is like when two things are so pressed together that there is nothing in between to interfere. Have you ever glued something together correctly? I'm still working on it. You must clean the surface for it to absolutely cohere. If not, then there is something interfering. When that is removed there is cohesion!
Now, you have this kind of relationship with God through Christ. "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1). You are glued to Him through His Son. There is nothing that can interfere with this eternal peace we have with God through His Son. Jesus is the "super glue" that causes believers to have "peace" with God.
That's awesome in itself. But, in Galatians 5:22, Paul is not referring to that positional "peace" we eternally have with God through Christ. He is not speaking of "peace with God." He is speaking of the "peace of God." Just as it is Christ's joy that we have when He is living in and through us, it is also His peace that we have. The Spirit of Christ produces it along with the joy.
In Romans 1:7 we see this brought forth beautifully. One of the things you will immediately notice when you study the word "peace" is that it is so many times associated with the grace of God-that which is unmerited; that which cannot be manufactured by our own efforts. "To all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
Note to whom he speaks! "All who are beloved of God in Rome." He speaks to believers. And note what his first wish is for them "Grace to you." Now note what comes next: peace! Where does it comes from? "from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." God our Father is the Source of this peace. How does He relate to us? Through the Lord Jesus Christ.
These believers in Rome already had "peace with God" but Paul is wishing "the peace of God" in their lives.
It is this "peace" produced by the Spirit of Christ living in us that is our divine referee. In the midst of the Gnostic heresy, in the midst of all that horrid deception, Paul shows a check point for the believers in Colossians 3:15: "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts" When Christ is living in and through us, then His joy and His peace are present!
In Hebrews we see that God the Father is the God of Peace (Heb 13:20). In Isaiah we see that Christ is the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6). Christ, the Prince of Peace, who was sent from the Father of Peace, has now come to earth. And those, who put their faith into Him will experience His peace!
It is this peace that the newborn church in Acts experienced as it pursued God in His Word: "So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase" (Acts 9:31). As they were being "built up" in the Word and as they continued to live surrendered to Christ's Spirit living in them, they enjoyed His peace!
As His peace is a referee in Colossians, it is a "guard" or a "watchman" in Philippians: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:7). It is our hearts and our minds that betray us, but His peace guards them. Paul says this peace cannot be described. It surpasses all comprehension!
One more time: If Christ is being allowed to live in us, then His love is present. He produces in us the ability to not only love others but to love Him. And with this love is His joy. And with His joy is His peace! Would you rather return to the Law and perform for God, or would you rather bow before Him and His Word and experience Him and His love and His joy and His peace?
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