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“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

 

If people practice truth, assured peace is the result.  If we experience the five points of the sequence of verse 9, then we will experience God’s personal peace.  This is another way for Euodia and Syntyche to resolve their personality conflict.

and the God of peace

In verse 6, Paul said, we will have the peace of God if we present our anxieties to God in prayer.  Now, he says we have the God of peace with us if we follow the fivefold sequence of verse 9. 

God is the God of peace because he is the source of peace.  God imparts peace both to the individual life of the believer and to groups.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thes.5:23).  

The God of peace will set us apart unto Himself and preserve us until Christ comes again. 

“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly” (Rom. 16:20). 

The believer will possess God’s peace under Satanic attack.

“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  (Heb 13:20). 

The God of peace who raised Jesus from the dead has the power to enable us to do his will.

The Hebrew word for peace, “shalom,” means whole.  Peace is more than the absence of trouble to the Jew.  It is more than a negative thing.  Peace is the whole person at rest.  It is anything that makes for the good of the individual. 

In this context, it is peace in the sense of harmony.  Euodia and Syntyche were at odds.  Their relationship needed to develop into a harmonious whole.  It is only from the source of God that we are able to enter into a whole relationship with fellow believers. 

“Peace” means harmony.  Harmony in the Philippian church results from focus upon God’s Word and its application to our lives.  If we live by God’s priorities, both internal and external harmony will result. 

Principle:

The believer will have harmony within himself and without with other believers if he focuses his life on applying God’s Word to his life.

Application:

Unity comes out of the peace of God.  God will give peace to you and establish your relationships.  God will manifest his presence by giving you peace with others. 

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