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“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

 

to which also you were called

God calls us to peace.  This is our calling.  This is personal peace, not peace between nations.  This peace is a calmness of soul even though great trial is pressing upon us.

The peace of Christ should be the arbitrating factor in our souls because God has called us to peace.  God has called us into a life of Christ whereby he blesses us by who and what Christ is

“To which” is literally “into which.”  At a point of time God called us into the body of Christ whereby he graces us with the blessings of positional truth.  At the point of our salvation God provides everything we need for the Christian life.

“Called” doubles for the idea of election.  At a point of time God enters us into union with Christ.  Jesus Christ is the key to our election.  From eternity God elected him to deal with the problems of the human race (Eph. 1:4,5).  One of the things God does for us at our salvation is to place us into a status whereby we share his election. 

in one body 

The one body simply recognizes that all believers are in the church.  They are all in the body of Christ.  The body is a technical term for all believers in the church age.  Here the body indicates action and service.  Every believer is in full time Christian service.  

PRINCIPLE:  

God has called us to peace. 

APPLICATION:

It is obvious that Christians do not possess their possessions.  We do not experience the peace that God wants to give us.  Yet this is our calling.  It is of no use to say, “But if you knew my wife, she is so horrible. “If you knew my boss., he is a monster.” Circumstances do not play a part in the peace of God. 

In spite of obstacles, the peace of Christ is adequate.  Therefore, there is no justification for statements such as “If you knew the pressure I am under at work all day” or, “If you knew the kind of relatives I have to deal with.”

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