by Ricky Smith
Ephesians 2:14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Recent news briefings can leave one highly anxious of what could be when we read of turmoil in the Middle East, in Korea, or even in Chicago. It is easy to live in fear of what could be and be absent of peace. Bombs are dropping, or threats of missile attacks occur daily. Consider a truth bomb of peace.
Peace is desired by many, yet experienced by few. Nations war with each other, and individuals war within themselves. Whether globally or personally, there is a longing for peace.
Ephesians 2:14 reminds us of our Source of peace. Christ himself is our peace. This word structure suggests that He alone, in His own Person, can offer true peace. In other words, without Him, peace cannot be attained.
Peace comes from the word eir? (????) which means “to join”. Literally peace joins two things together. In the context of Ephesians, Paul is expressing the Gospel’s ability and intent to break down barriers between Jews and Gentiles.
This contextual principal can easily translate to any two people, or nations, who war among themselves. Peace can be achieved when we allow the only Provider of peace to rule and join hearts together. Politicians would be wise to heed this counsel. Marriages would be wise to put Christ as the center of their home. Business partners can work in harmony when they allow the Peacemaker to give what only can come from Him.
Being made in His image, all of God’s creation longs for peace, and through Him all walls of division can be broken. Perhaps some politicians should consult Him!