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The Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

Who are the Blessed?

In order to be called a child of God, you must first become one. That’s only possible by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. Spiritual blessing can only be found in Him, and only though Him can we reflect His character as a peacemaker.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:    (John 1:12)

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)

God is a Peacemaker

From the beginning, sin has separated us from God, and still separates those who do not know Christ. Sin has made us enemies of God. By it we are condemned to hell. Yet, in love,  God sent His son to suffer the wrath that we deserve for sin. He made the way for our reconciliation to Himself. God, whom we offended, offers forgiveness. Through Christ’s death on the cross, the sin debt is satisfied.

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” That was the cry of the Savior, the Prince of Peace, the sinless Lamb of God, suffering the penalty of separation for us, so that we could be brought back to God.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)

The Ambassadors of Peace

There can be no true lasting peace with men without peace with God. Therefore, the only way to make true peace with God and men is the proclamation of the gospel. Our words and action should all be working to lead people to the Savior. Jesus gave us the command to go into all the world to proclaim the message of salvation. We will be blessed if we do.

…God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.    (2 Cor 5:19-20) 

…blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.  (Lk 11:28)

Have you been reconciled to God? 

Have you surrendered to the Lord by trusting and receiving the gift of life in Christ Jesus? You can, by humbly going to Him. Believe on His Name.

…we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  (2 Corinthians 5:20)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.   (Romans 6:23)


The Perfect One

A Christmas Devotional

When we find perfection we put it on display. We enclose it in glass so it won’t break. Did Christ come into this world to simply display His perfection? Did God send his Son into the world with the intention of protecting Him from all harm? Christ did come so that we could adore Him, to marvel at Him, to worship His Majesty. God became man. Perfection was displayed for us to see. But He did not come for this reason alone. Christ, the perfect One “…offered Himself up.” His body was broken for us.    

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

The Source of All Knowledge and Wisdom

“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)

Nobody wants to be a fool. Even in our foolishness, we still want to see ourselves as wise. The Bible says that even those who reject God still try to claim to be wise. 

“…when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:21-22)

Man can’t reject God and be wise. He’s like a man who builds his house on the sand. If the foundation is bad, the whole house will crash in the end.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

“In Christ”

In Christ, are all wisdom and knowledge found. All things were created by Him and for Him. If I want to gain true wisdom, I will seek the author of life instead of man and his traditions.

Wisdom Is Hidden

The treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in Christ. Not everyone can see this wisdom. Many are prevented from finding it because of unbelief. God does not hide truth from anyone. It says, 

“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.” (Romans 1:19)

But they, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (Romans 1:18)

A man can stand before a beautiful sunset and see nothing if his eyes are shut. Why do people hold to every form of “wisdom” except the true wisdom found in Christ? It is because their eyes have been shut to His glory. In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

“All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”

Wisdom is a treasure. Proverbs says seek it more than gold or silver. How much time do we spend seeking money instead of wisdom. Jesus  compared it to a treasure in a field. When a man found it, he sold all he had so he could buy that field. It was worth more than everything. 

True riches is knowing Him who died for us.

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Do you know Christ? Are you seeking true wisdom?

Have you believed in Jesus and called upon His name?

“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”  (John 6:40)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Who’s In Your Heart?

“ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…I have you in my heart”  (Philippians 1:3,7)

Paul’s Prayer List

The church in Philippi didn’t need to be on Paul’s prayer list. Lists are for reminders and things we forget. They were in his heart. 

The church in Philippi was a fruit of Paul’s preaching. He preached the hope of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus. They heard and believed, but it wasn’t without cost. The result was salvation for the believers and joy and thankfulness for Paul, along with beating and imprisonment. 

We don’t treasure what costs us nothing. It is no wonder why Paul felt so much affection for them.

Who is on your list?

How many people can you say like Paul “I have you in my heart.”?  How many of them do you always remember with joy and thankfulness when you go to the Lord in prayer?  Or do you need a list to remind you of what’s his name?

The Command and Commission 

Christ called us to love one another. Love means “charity” which is to give. Giving means sacrifice. Christ called us to spread the good news of salvation. We are to take the free gift of the water of life to the world. When we do we should anticipate suffering because the world does not want to hear about sin and its desperate need for a Savior.

Here’s the kicker: 

If we do the Lord’s commands and carry out His commission, it will cost us something, but we will say to a lot more people, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…I have you in my heart”.  (Philippians 1:3,7) 

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  (Mark 16:15)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (John 13:34)

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The Gospel Paul Preached That brought Him Suffering:

 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”     (1 Corinthians 15:3)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”     (Romans 6:23)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”   (Romans 6:23)

Suffering Comes From Preaching The Gospel Because:

“…light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”      (John 3:19)

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)