“These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have
tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
This discourse in the upper room began with the observance of the feast of the Passover supper, the identification and dispatch of the one who was a devil from the beginning, the washing of the disciples feet and the institution of the memorial of the body and blood as represented in the bread and the cup to the ‘called out assembly’. After the rebuke of an over zealous Peter, Jesus begins with the promise of a place prepared in His Father’s house. This is the context of His statement to His few that the things He has said is so that in Him they might have peace.
As most brethren will withdraw from the use of the terms, conditions or contingencies we will here say that both of these statements of the Lord hinge upon those very things. His peace is contingent upon who He is and the imputation of that peace is conditional upon to whom He speaks. If He is not truly and wholly God then His peace is insufficient. If His chosen seed is not and has not always been in Him then they cannot have peace for to have this peace they must be IN HIM. Just as the branches abide in the vine and the Son in the Father so the children in the Father and when the resurrection was manifested, in that day, when the Father demonstrated His approval by raising Messiah from the dead, then they knew that the Son was in the Father, the elect were in the Anointed and the Christ was in them (John 14:20).
This peace is based on the need for peace. Not between the seed born from above and the Law of God for that which is born of God cannot commit sin (I John 3:9). The seed can no more violate God’s Holy Law than God could deny Himself. Since the Father, Son and the Spirit abide with and dwell in the child of grace (Emmanuel) there can be no discontent or discord in the pasture for they are one (Deut. 6:4). The peace that must be obtained is between the Law of God and the sinner who, in Adam, has fallen short of the glory of God. The peace must appease the wrath of God against all unrighteousness and satisfy His demand for perfect Holiness. Therefore the sacrifice must be one of the brethren of the household (of the flock), must be male or female (Christ being the second Adam came forth having His bride in Him therefore He, in the image of God was both male and female) and without spot or blemish (Lev. 3:1-7). Since He took on Himself the form of the servant and endured the pain, despised the shame and hung on the cross, then the perfect sacrifice, having perfectly fulfilled the Law must have obtained the perfect peace.
But this peace is not just a judicial edict that is stamped on the file of the offender during some ethereal review, this peace is the Lord of Glory. He is ‘Meleck-Zedock’ the King of righteousness and ‘Meleck-salam’ the king of peace (Gen. 14:18). He is the Prince of peace whose kingdom has no boundaries (Is. 9:6). He keeps His righteous people who keep the truth by the Spirit within, whose minds are established upon Him and trust IN HIM, in perfect or complete peace (Is. 26:3). This is an healthy and sound peace of the inward man that cannot be understood by the wisdom of man or by the cumulative knowledge of the whole world for it exceeds all understanding. It is the power of God unto deliverance and keeps those, whom the Father has given the Son, IN HIM (Phil. 4:7). Therefore since He was delivered up for our offenses and was raised again for our justification, by His faithfulness unto the demands of the Holy Law of God, His people have been healed and they have peace with God. This is the kingdom of our God for it is a kingdom of peace.
He is our peace! (Eph. 2:14) He has ordained peace for His Bride and has wrought all Her works in Her (Is. 26:12). He proclaimed that peace upon the mountain top (Nah. 1:15), fashioned it and accomplished it according to His good pleasure (45:7) and it shall never depart (54:10). Adam and all his children cannot and could not ever separate one of the Lord’s elect from this love of the Father or the peace that has been obtained by and is in Messiah (John 16:22) and although in this world, the children shall have tribulation (as ordained of God for good, Roms 8:28), they know with absolute certainty that He has overcome this world. As He has overcome this world so they shall overcome this world even by faith and that not of themselves but by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. The trials and tribulations prove the faith of Christ within which is the hope of glory and the children count it all joy when they fall into divers trials and tribulations knowing that the trying of that faith works patience which is a peaceable fruit of righteousness. The peace of this world is vain, shallow and impotent. Natural man does not know the controversy of God, the need for peace or the way of peace. He knows not the Father or His ways, he does not have the testimony of the Anointed Deliverer within and he has not the Spirit whereby he may keep the commandments of God. Since he has not the Spirit he is none of God’s elect and has not that eternal love wherewith the Father loved His children. These attributes belong only to those who are IN HIM.
The eternal vital unity of God and His seed is an absolutely essential component to the beauty and glory of the finished work of the redeemer. May the Spirit continue to reveal this precious truth of unity, may He grant patience as we grow in the grace and knowledge of His will and may He keep us from the enemies of the truth.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 12, 2011