Transcript based on a Sermon given 16 May 2009

Fruit Of The Spirit - Peace

by Jon Bowles

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Turn to Galatians 5:22, and we'll have a look at the fruit of the Spirit. And here Paul mentions:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)

There is no law that can be against such things. You can't have a law that says you cannot go ahead and show love, joy, peace. And in the introduction sermon I gave, I mentioned how the word for 'fruit' here is singular. It is a case that if the Spirit of God is there, we will have all the qualities, to some degree. Now I'm not going to say that they will be all equal in every single case, but certainly all these qualities should be there, and they are coming from the very Spirit of God.

I also pointed out how this is different from gifts. You get a gift that is given to somebody to actually help others, particularly within the Church. That is often given by God, and we have certain attributes that we are perhaps gregarious, perhaps able to have faith more than others, just naturally.

I can remember one particular case of a minister over here in the UK who in fact had the gift of healing. When he anointed, people were healed instantaneously. In fact, it became such a problem that he actually prayed that the gift would be removed because he found people were continually going to him, and he wasn't able to do any other work. That gift was actually removed as the result of his prayer. That particular individual is dead now, but I certainly remember him preaching many years ago, back in the sixties.

The second sermon I gave was on love, and this agape love, this very character of God. Again, it is coming from the very Spirit of God, it is not just a human love that is there. That Spirit has got to flow in, as I pointed out, like a pipe or conduit that flows in the one end through prayer, Bible study, through fasting, through being in contact with God on a daily basis. And then it goes out at the other end, it goes out in a life. It's a life that is subject to the very Law of God. The Law of God and the Words of God, as Christ said, we live "...by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Those words define the outflow, define the way in which that Spirit has got to come out. It goes out particularly in that character, which is the character of love, which is the character of God.

Last week I talked about joy, this third one that is mentioned here in Galatians five. I talked about human joy, and how human joy is enjoyable. It is something that God has given us. It is something particularly that we enjoy what we are doing at the moment. Every human being has this aspect of joy, enjoyment. But when you look back on it, there is not much there. If all we have is that when we are doing something we are enjoying it - we are enjoying going to work and producing something - it is the actual doing, the production that is enjoyable, that brings the human joy. When you stop and look back, as Solomon said it; "...is vanity and vexation of spirit" (Ecclesiasties 1:14). For everlasting joy, that has got to come from something else. It comes from something which is God breathed. God is everlasting. God has this everlasting joy that is going to be on our heads, and that joy is going to come from again, the very Spirit of God. It's God breathed, it's literally from that Holy Spirit, that Holy Breath that is given.

So we come to the third one on peace, and this particular aspect again, is something that comes from the Spirit of God. It is not just something which is human in nature. Humans have 'peace' certainly. Look at Northern Ireland, there isn't the war there that there was previously. But there is no peace as far as God is concerned. There is still contention between Roman Catholics and Protestants.

Within this world, when you have an armistice, when you have a peace, a settlement, a treaty, then what so often happens is that nobody is satisfied. Everybody is miserable, because they have all given something up and they are out to get as much as they possibly can and nobody is satisfied. In Palestine, with the Jews and the Palestinians, that is exactly what is going to happen. That is what has happened over the years, the decades of that situation. So human peace is not peace at all.

But there is a form of peace that is right and is something that has to last for eternity. And so what I would like to do today is go into this subject of peace, as part of the very fruit of God's Holy Spirit. The areas I want to go into:

Shalom (PLAY FROM 06:49)

So let's have a look at this word shalom, and let's have a look over in Deuteronomy 20:10, first of all. Let's have a look at the very basic use of it, and why it's translated here in the Old Testament, and New Testament as the word, peace. Because you will find here:

"When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it [here is war, so obviously the opposite of war is peace], then proclaim [shalom] unto it." (Deuteronomy 20:10)

So it's very clear it is indeed, and can be translated, and is correctly translated as peace. But as we will go on and see, there is much, much more than this. It is not the opposite of war, it is something different. But it is in this case the opposite of war, because you come to a city to fight against it, then you proclaim peace to it:

"And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace [of shalom], and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. And if it will make no [shalom] with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:" (Deuteronomy 20:11-12)

So again, very, very clearly in this passage it is contrasting peace and war. It is contrasting shalom with war. It is valid to do that.

I remember when we were in Jerusalem on the dig, you'd have to be very careful as you greeted somebody. If you were greeting an Israeli, you would say; "Shalom". If you were greeting an Arab you wouldn't say "Shalom", you would say; "Salaam", because salaam is peace in Arabic, shalom is peace in Hebrew. There is more, you don't just say, "Peace", it's not "have absence of war". That's not quite what you are saying at all, there is much more to it as well.

Let's turn over to Genesis 29:1 and we will start to see a little bit more of the meaning of this particular word. And we will see that this meaning carries on over into the New Testament as well, and it needs to be borne in mind when we look at the New Testament:

"Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east. [verse 4] And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we. And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. And he said unto them, Is he well?..." (Genesis 29:1,4-6)

Now the question there; "...Is he well?..." (Genesis 29:6), but that is not what was used. If you go back and look at the original, the word is shalom. Is he shalomed? Is there peace with him? Is there shalom with him? Is he in a state of shalom?

"...And they said, He is well [he is shalomed, that's what they literally are saying]: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep." (Genesis 29:6)

So here we see the words 'being well', as part of that. We can see other passages, let's just turn over to Genesis 37:14:

"And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well [shalom] with thy brethren, and [shalom] with the flocks..." (Genesis 37:14)

Now, it's obviously not talking about peace with the flocks necessarily, it's more than that, it goes beyond that. Another passage you can see which really puts this into perspective is in II Samuel 11:7. You find here a passage being used, and again, you need to go back into the original to actually understand this:

"And when Uriah was come unto him [here is David, he asked for Uriah to come, because he has committed adultery with Bathsheba and she is now going to have a child, and he wants to cover it up], David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered." (II Samuel 11:7)

Now that is not what was said in the original, which says; "...how Joab [shalomed], and how the people [shalomed], and how the war [shalomed]" (II Samuel 11:7). So it is actually saying, the war can shalom. It means a great deal more.

Another way of looking at in American terminology is; 'I'm good'. Does that mean to say you're righteous? That's not what you are saying. You say; "I'm good, I'm feeling great, I'm okay, I'm fine, I don't need any more, I've had sufficiency." It is this idea of being complete. Shalom means being complete. It means an abundance of well being. It means well being. It's a greeting; "Are you well? Are you full? Are you complete? Are you okay? Are you feeling good?" That kind of thing.

And in that sense, it's the opposite of war because war is turmoil. But this complete and proportional to being all good, is very clearly shown here where; "...David demanded of him how Joab [shalomed], and how the people [shalomed], and how the war [shalomed]" (II Samuel 11:7). In other words, how the war was complete. Was it going according to plan? Was everything that they were looking for out of that war, being accomplished?

Now we can see that the way in which that peace needs to come. If we turn over to Psalm 119:165, this then goes into a little bit more of that subject regarding the fruit of the Spirit:

"Great [shalom, great peace] have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." (Psalm 119:165)

These people are complete. These people have an abundance. It's talking about an abundance of spiritual things, of spiritual blessings, of having this well being. They are having this love for the very Law of God. We find the same thing mentioned over in Proverbs 3:1, again, what I'm doing is trying to give a flavour of this particular word and how this word is used. Notice:

"My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and [shalom], shall they add to thee." (Proverbs 3:1-2)

There is even a blessing where it says in Numbers 6:24:

"The [Eternal] bless thee, and keep thee: The [Eternal] make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The [Eternal] lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee [shalom]." (Numbers 6:24-26)

That blessing is also using this word shalom. It's complete, abundant, filled with well being. Here in Proverbs 3:17 you also find it used; in fact you find it used all the way through the Old Testament:

"Her ways [talking of wisdom] are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are [shalom]." (Proverbs 3:17)

It gives the abundance that we are looking for, the wisdom, and the wisdom comes from God. The wisdom comes from a fear of the Eternal, of keeping God's Law. This flow out of the very Spirit of God, is flowing out according to the Word of God, according to the Word of God defined by God's Law, and that will then produce peace. It will produce shalom anywhere it goes. We find it also, turn over to Isaiah 26:1, I'm highlighting verses where in the King James you don't necessarily capture the original:

"In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in [here is this nation that is keeping the truth, keeping God's Law, you are talking about the nation of Zion coming into Jerusalem]. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed [or focused] on thee: because he trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26:1-3)

Now that word 'perfect peace', is not perfect peace in the original, it is 'shalom, shalom'. It is repeating the word shalom, you'll find it in the margin. "Thou wilt keep him [shalom shalom], whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" (Isaiah 26:3). It is this continual complete abundance, complete well being, and this is the meaning of the word that is so often translated as peace within the Old Testament.

Links Between the Old and New Testaments (PLAY FROM 16:42)

In the second point we'll look at how the Old Testament quotes tie up Old and New Testaments and therefore have a bearing on this word 'peace' we find in Galatians five. Let's go and have a look at some other scriptures, starting with Isaiah 59:8:

"The way of peace [the way of shalom] they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know [shalom]." (Isaiah 59:8)

So there very clearly the word is being used. Now go across to Romans 3:17, we find this then quoted:

"And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:17-18)

So he is quoting Isaiah 59:8, and yet a different word is used. A Greek word is used in quoting this particular passage. Another one, Romans 10:15:

"And how shall they preach, except they be sent [or apostolized as the Greek says]? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace [it's the gospel of 'eirene' Strong's 1515 as it's used in Greek, we'll go and look at that word in a moment], and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15)

If we go back to Isaiah 52:7, we find here this particular quote that is being used by Paul in Romans 10.

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace [publishes shalom]; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the [Eternal] shall bring again Zion." (Isaiah 52:7-8)

Notice the watchmen being talked about here are the ones saying to Zion, saying to the Church; "...Thy God reigneth" (Isaiah 52:7). It is the gospel of peace, it is the gospel of shalom, it is the gospel of - as we will go on and see - actually bringing people together ultimately. Now another couple of passages where the Old Testament and the New Testament quotes tie up:

Hebrews 7:2 ties up with Genesis 14:18, where it talks about the King of Salem. Very literally talking, the word used there in the Greek is different.

Another one is I Peter 3:11, ties up with Psalm 34:14 where they; "...seek peace, and pursue it." (Psalm 34:14) They are speaking in the Old Testament shalom, but in the New Testament it is a different word.

The Greek Word Used in Galatians 5 (PLAY FROM 20:26)

That different word - as we go into the third point - is 'eirene'. It literally comes from a base word that means, to join, it means to stick together. So it is slightly different. Shalom means complete in a sense of abundance, of well being, of having everything that is good. It is used as a greeting, 'Good day', or whatever you might want to say. But in the case of the Greek word it literally means to join together. To put two parts back together, to unite, or make united, to set at one again. So it has a slightly different meaning.

Undoubtedly that meaning also gives a slight leaning to the word when you are looking here in Galatians 5:22. You are looking at the Greek word being used, which is eirene. Which although yes, it is being used as a mirror of what is being said over in the Old Testament, it does have the Greek meaning with it as well. Let's have a look at some of that meaning there. Here in Acts 7:24, Stephen is speaking here, he is mentioning about Moses:

"And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?" (Acts 7:24-26)

The words "at one again" is this word eirene. It is the word that is translated in Galatians five as peace. So he set them at peace again. But it means more than just peace again, it means 'at one', bringing the two parties back together. Which is why the translators used the words at one, because that is also a meaning of that word. Where it is talking about the fruit of the Spirit, and it says, look this is one of the qualities - it is not just that we have peace, it is that we are drawing people back together again. We're drawing individuals back together again, the way it is being used here.

Another passage that you can find the same kind of thing being used is, I Corinthians 7:12. Now this deals with marriage. It deals with marriage in the Church. It deals with people that are wanting to be married. It deals with marriage out of the Church, and the person who has an unconverted mate:

"But to the rest [these are people where there is one in the Church married to somebody who is not in the Church] speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away [so they are to live together, they are to be one]. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified [is protected, is set apart] by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean [that is not just a marriage by the State, it's not just a marriage outside in the world, it's a marriage that puts your children in a very special category]; but now are they holy [they are set apart by God]. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to [eirene]." (I Corinthians 7:12-15)

Now this word again is certainly to peace, but it means more than just to peace. It means to being called to be at one, because God hates divorce. The mind of God is to lean towards being one. If the husband is pleased to dwell, you don't go ahead and have a divorce. If the wife is pleased to dwell, you don't divorce. You are called to peace, to eirene, to being joined, to having the two parts back together again. To having the united marriage, the united union there, to set at one again. It is tranquillity by inference and tranquillity means the opposite of turmoil.

So this is also true as far as the Church is concerned. Because if we turn over to John 17:6, it is very clear that this is the way in which the Church also must be. We are all called to be at one, of one mind according to a certain way. It's not one under any and every circumstance:

"I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word." (John 17:6)

Notice, they have kept your word. They have been given the Word by Christ and they have then kept that Word. They have put themselves under that Word, that came to them from Jesus Christ, which is from the Father through Jesus Christ to the apostle that was sent.

"Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name [the name of God, the very authority of God that is coming down] those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are." (John 17:7-11)

You see, within the Church, God's will is that they would be one. The Church itself will be one Church, one body, one united body. I remember one time there was a group that we were associated with, and I remember somebody coming to me and saying, "Don't leave." I said, "Okay fine, you put yourself under Jesus Christ who has given us a Spiritual heritage, and there is no reason for me to leave." They said, "No, no, just don't leave." That is not good enough. " That they may be one as we are."

We have got to be one as God the Father is with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is subject to God the Father in everything. We have got to be subject to Jesus Christ in everything. We have got to give up our own will and direction of life, and allowing His will and direction of life and His mindset to be there. The only way we can do that, is to have the very Spirit of God there. That Spirit has given us a very clear direction. This is the problem today. When we look at the situation today, particularly within the Church, this word for peace, this word eirene literally means to join together. These parts that are joined together have got to be one Spirit. It's coming from the Spirit of God. It's not just being forced together.

The group that I was talking about; the way in which they try and force different people with different ideas together, is, for example coming up with a doctrinal statement which is so ambiguous that everybody can sign up to it and that they can also agree on. It is not a case of being subject to and being underneath the spiritual heritage that we were left.

That's not good enough. We've got to be underneath the authority of God. It has got to be the Spirit of God and the way of life and the principles of life that have come from that Spirit. From that Spirit, from the one through whom God revealed the things of God at this time, in this age, at this particular juncture of history.

So yes, we can see here that we should be one as Christ and the Father are. We need to make sure that we are being one as they are. There is this understanding that it is not just peace at any price, it is peace that is formed by having that same Spiritual basis, that same spiritual foundation. The same expression that then allows that peace, that oneness, that joinedness, that two-parts-back-togetherness to express itself in the right way.

Peace as a Product of the Holy Spirit (PLAY FROM 30:46)

So let's have a look at peace therefore as a product of the Holy Spirit. Because if we turn over to James 3:17, we find here that the only way to have the kind of peace that we are looking for, is that it has first got to be pure:

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then [it's] peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." (James 3:17)

But you have got to have it first pure. It has got to first be coming from a source. If it's not coming from that source - if it's not coming from the Holy Spirit - it is not real peace. Notice the context of this particular verse, where it says in James 3:11:

"Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" (James 3:11)

Have you ever gone to a spring, and you take one cup of water and you sip it and it's sweet; tip it out, and you take another cup of water and it's bitter; tip it out and you take another one and it's half way? It doesn't happen like that. It is either sweet or it's bitter, it's one or the other.

Isn't it interesting that in Revelation three, where He is talking to the Church specifically at this time we find ourself in, the problem is; "...that thou art neither cold nor hot..." (Revelation 3:15). You are not one way, you are not another way. You are not going wholeheartedly according to the very Spirit of God, the Mind of God. We have got our own mind, and our own ideas in there.

"Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries?..." (James 3:11-12)

Where is this fruit coming from? It's coming from the tree with its roots in the fountain, in the water source. The clear analogy being used is the water source - using the water that then goes into the tree, that then produces the fruit:

"Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? [where does that knowledge come from? It comes from the Word of God] let him shew out of a good [conduct] conversation his works with meekness of wisdom [where does wisdom come from? Again, it's the Law of God]. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This [type of] wisdom ["wisdom" in quotes] descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish." (James 3:12-15)

It is coming from a different water source. A different spirit source. It is coming from a Satanic source. So you can't get one from another. You can't get the fruit coming from the wrong tree. We are back to the two trees, it's the two trees. You cannot get the kind of fruit that you find over in Galatians five, from the wrong tree. It is impossible. If the wrong tree is there, if it is coming from a human mindset, influenced by Satan, you will get the wrong fruit. It will be the wrong kind of peace. It's the kind of peace you get over in Northern Ireland, the kind of peace they will get down in Palestine and in Israel, and both parties will be unhappy, both parties will be miserable:

"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above [this is the wisdom that is coming from the Spirit of God clearly] is first pure..." (James 3:15-17)

It has got to be a Holy Spirit. In the Welsh Bibles, when you get the words Holy Spirit it translates it literally as the 'Clean Spirit'. It is not only the Clean Spirit, it is also the Cleaning Spirit, if you really understand the word. It is first pure - it has got to come from that spiritual source, and that is that Clean Spirit, the pure foundation. And then, once you have done that:

"...then [you can go ahead and be] peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." (James 3:17-18)

Those that have this quality, have this 'eirene', of having this 'joined together.' But it is coming from a source and the context is absolutely clear in these verses:

"From whence come wars and fightings among you? [where is this opposite side coming from?] come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? [you have got the wrong spiritual source, it's the wrong tree, with its roots in the wrong spirit, in the wrong water] whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God [they are two opposed to each other]. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?" (James 4:1-5)

So it's the spirit that dwells in us. If that is the wrong spirit, you will not get the right fruit. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of those that make peace. They have got to come from the right source. That wisdom that comes from above which is the right source is first pure. It's got to be the Holy Spirit. It's got to be aligned with the way the Holy Spirit guided the Church, and guided God's people in the past. We have got to be going in that direction and then you can have peace.

The churches today, all the different denominations and so on, that we've got today will never have the peace. If people get together and they don't have the same spirit, if a different spirit is there, if they are subject to a different high priest, if the High Priest is not Jesus Christ - but is whatever they decide - then the peace will be like you have in Northern Ireland. It's the peace that you have over in Palestine. It will be where both parties are unhappy and miserable. Both parties are wanting what they want, instead of both parties submitting to what God wants and being obedient to what God wants and recognizing the source, recognizing where these words that we've had have come from. That's where you get the peace from, and that's the only place you get the peace. Turn over to Ephesians 3:14:

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named," (Ephesians 3:14-15)

So you have got the focus, and where's the focus? It's on the very Family of God. It's on the Family of God that is going in the same direction, that are breathing the same breath, that have the same breath, the same Spirit:

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man [that's where the source is, this is where all that he is about to discuss has got to come from, it has got to come from that Spirit that dwells in us]; That Christ [the same mind, this God in the flesh, Emmanuel, God with us] may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God [it's coming from God Himself]. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us [it's that Spirit that is working in us, that Breath], Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages [this isn't a peace that is only for the time that we are in now - it's a peace that will go for all ages], world without end. Amen." (Ephesians 3:16-21)

Ephesians 4:1:

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord [presumably it was literal in that sense, he was a prisoner as well at this time], beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3)

Again, notice the context. The context is get your spiritual side sorted first. Get that Spirit that is in us, make sure that Christ is dwelling in our hearts, and that we are all going in the same direction, and then we can have the bond of peace. We can have this bond as unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling [yet we have got different ideas]; One Lord, one faith, one baptism," (Ephesians 4:4-5)

We have got people keeping Pentecost on one day, and other people keeping Pentecost on a different day, or looking at one calendar and other people going down to Jerusalem looking at other calendars for barley harvests or whatever:

"One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4:6)

There's your unity - through the Spirit, from God the Father. So when we are looking at this word 'eirene', we are looking at a word that means getting two people back together again. It means unity, united. It means 'to set at one again', literally 'to join'. It has the overtones of shalom, which gives all the abundance. It gives a completeness. It gives a complete well being. You have these two things, these two qualities, but you've got to have the Spirit there to be able to do this. It's a product of that Spirit, that one Spirit has got to be there.

That Spirit has got to come from God Himself. Turn over to John chapter 14:24. It is something that you have to go to God and ask Him for. We have to go to God on a daily basis and make sure we are plugged into the vine for:

"He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter [the 'parakletos' Strong's 3875], which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace [eirene, this unity, this joinedness, this united aspect of the Church] I leave with you, my peace I give unto you..." (John 14:24-27)

Now, where is it coming from? It's not coming from us. It comes from Christ Himself, and He is giving it to His Church and it is in the context of the very Spirit of God. It is in the context that you have to go to God and ask Him for it, ask Him for the unity. We as a Church have got to make sure we are unified, but it has got to be first pure. It has got to be coming from God. It has to be coming from God in God's Way, the way He has given us:

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

If you go down to John 16:32 it says:

"Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone [these people who are about to be scattered, shattered, and again, the Church has been shattered, it has been scattered, but He says] ...These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace [you may have this eirene, you may have this joining together]. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:32-33)

If you are remaining underneath the High Priest that stands at the door and knocks, at an time we find ourselves in, which is shattered, which is going in its own directions. It's not hot, it's not cold, it's trying to straddle the fence in many ways.

It says very clearly here that: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace..." (John 16:33). This unity. It carries the idea of Shalom, whether the actual word Shalom was used, we don't know. Maybe He was speaking Hebrew, or maybe He was speaking Greek. Certainly in certain portions of John He was speaking Greek. There is no question of that. Where it says; "...Feed my lambs... [and] Feed my sheep." (John 21:15-17). and so on, after His resurrection. He was speaking Greek because you can't understand it in Hebrew. It's only when you go to Greek that you can really understand that. Let's turn over to John 20:19, here is Christ talking to them after His resurrection:

"Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week [so it's a Sunday], when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews [not because they were having a service but because they were scared of the Jews], came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, [shalom] be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, [shalom be unto you] Peace be unto you [Was He speaking Greek, was He speaking Hebrew? The word here as I understand it, is eirene, being written in Greek]: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy [Breath]:" (John 20:19-22)

That is where it comes from. Here was this resurrected Christ now in some kind of physical manifestation, because they could handle Him and touch Him. And He breathed on them, physical breath being breathed on them, but He was also talking about Spirit Breath. He was using it as an analogy of the real Spirit Breath that He would breathe out to them, and they then would have that Spirit Breath. With that Breath, what was that?

"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." (John 20:21)

In both cases He is using the word peace, being translated as far as the Greek is concerned, eirene, but undoubtedly He would probably have been using Hebrew, I would have thought, maybe not. Maybe He said shalom, maybe He said eirene, I don't know, it doesn't indicate.

Let's have a look again at the product of the Holy Spirit in Philippians 4:6. We find here the way in which that breath, that peace comes in and actually is able to come in:

"Be [over anxious, don't become unglued, don't come to pieces] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)

That's where it comes from. That's the flow in. That's why it is so important that we do pray, that we pray regularly, daily. We keep plugged into the vine, because that is the only source. We cannot do it ourselves in any way. The fruit of the Spirit comes from the Spirit:

"And the peace [the eirene] of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

So, if we are plugged in, if we are making our requests, if we are not coming unglued about things but in everything with prayer and supplication. If we are doing that side, then we will have that peace, and it will be a peace of God. It will be part of the fruit of the very Spirit of God. It's coming out of the Spirit of God. So that flow in is absolutely vital.

The Future Eternal Peace (PLAY FROM 48:53)

So let's have a look at some of the things that are prophesied for the future because it is indeed a peace that will last for eternity. Turn over to Isaiah and we will just hit a few high spots in Isaiah, chapter by chapter, and just have a look at some of these prophecies of the peace that is going to be in the future. And understand that it is coming from that Breath. It is coming from that mindset. It is a mindset that we have got to learn today. It's the fact that we are being plugged into the vine today, breathing that same Spirit, witnessing, as it says in Romans 8, with our spirit, that we are sons of God.

We have got the same mindset as God Himself has. And it will produce a unity, it will produce a peace, it will produce the abundance and well being of shalom, and it will produce the unity, joinedness and setting at one again of 'eirene', which is the word that is actually used over in Galatians five. Here in Isaiah 9:6 it says:

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace [of shalom] there shall be no end [it's a vital part of what we are looking forward to as born sons of God], upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the [Eternal] of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6-7)

The reason we are going in this direction, the reason why we need to have this fruit, all these different qualities, these aspects of the very Spirit of God is so that it can indeed happen - that these verses can actually take place - underneath this Prince of Peace. Turn over to Isaiah 32:1.

"Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind..." (Isaiah 32:1-2)

So we are looking at the Millennium. We are looking at a time when the Church will indeed be ruling. And when it says; "...the palaces will be forsaken..." (Isaiah 32:14), it's talking about the churches which are careless, that don't have the proper fruit there, in verse ten, and it says:

"Because the palaces shall be forsaken [verse 15] ...Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest [physically it will be true, spiritually it will be true as well]. Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness [this is the outflow now, coming from the very Spirit of God when the Spirit is poured out on us] shall be peace [shall be shalom]; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in [shalom] a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;" (Isaiah 32:14-18)

The very Spirit of God that is poured out on all flesh at that time will produce the shalom. Will produce the peace, the unity. This is what we are learning now. What are our households to be now? Our households should be like ambassador's residences, the embassies for this time. That is what we are looking for, it is the embassy for this particular time. It's interesting that looking at the ambassadors that you get in today's society, ambassadors that are going to go down to the Middle East and try to sort out the Middle East problems, but as it says in Isaiah 33:7:

"Behold, their valiant ones shall cry [outside]: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly." (Isaiah 33:7)

They are trying to get something, but they are trying to get it through human means. We are learning a process by which we can actually give the world what it wants and needs. It has got to come from Spirit-led means. It's got to be a human mind that is subject to God, that is subject to God's Way, that has the outflow from the Spirit that it uses on a daily basis. With that mind, the outflow is defined by God, and the Way of God has got to be there. If you are doing it any other way, as it says; "...the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly." (Isaiah 33:7) But we as ambassadors, living in embassies within this present world as far as our homes are concerned should have a different way, a different mindset. Notice Isaiah 48:18, this is what we are looking forward to, and this is what Israel will be looking forward to:

"O that thou hadst [listened] to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea; [talking about Israel at this particular point, verse 21] ...And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. There is no peace, saith the [Eternal], unto the wicked." (Isaiah 48:18,21-22)

You are not going to get this kind of peace that is being talked about in verse eighteen. If they had listened to the commandments, then the peace would be as a river, because it is the outflow that is actually defined there. Now in Isaiah 52:7:

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing..." (Isaiah 52:7-8)

We are looking forward into the future when Zion as a unified Church under Jesus Christ will once again be in existence. We're looking forward to this present shattering coming to an end, but we have got to be underneath that same High Priest, led by that same Spirit, having the peace and the unity that can only come from that High Priest and from that Spirit. There is no other source. Here in Isaiah 54:7 it talks about:

"For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the [Eternal] thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the [Eternal] that hath mercy on thee [so eventually Israel will have the same kind of peace that we are ambassadors for at the moment, as our homes should be embassies for at the moment]. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the [Eternal]; and great shall be the peace of thy children." (Isaiah 54:7-13)

It's not just absence of war. It is peace. It's completeness and abundance. It's well being. It's coming from this peace that flows from the very Spirit of God that is mentioned over in Galatians 5:22. Here in Isaiah 55:11 notice:

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:11-12)

These are things for the future. Looking into the future, these things will come. The peace that is there will come, because God's Word has actually declared it. That Word, once it goes out does not return to Him void. It accomplishes whatever He determines. Over in Isaiah 59:1 it says:

"Behold, the [Eternal's] hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. [verse 6] Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands." (Isaiah 59:1-4,6)

Whether it's unity within the Church, unity within our families, the peace, the abundance, the abundant life that we are looking for, if we are looking at the wrong tree, it won't come:

"Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths [it's coming out of a different tree, it's coming from a different spirit, we've got to go to the right Spirit to get the right result]. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace." (Isaiah 59:7-8)

You can try and work it out. They will go down to Palestine and Israel and have an attempt to reconcile the Arabs and Israelis, but peace will not come. Why? Because they are going at it totally the wrong way. The wrong spirit is there. It will not come. They cannot have peace. There will not be the peace in Northern Ireland. There are two dissatisfied groups there, just biding their time, at the moment in those countries. It says:

"The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth [down that kind of crooked path, something that is not going straight - the Way of God - they will never learn peace, they will never learn it that way]. Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness [peace between husband and wife, peace between parents and children, grandparents and children, we've got to make sure that we get to the source]. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves [we do all the kind of physical things, but if you don't go to the right tree, you don't get the right result, you cannot get the peace]: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;" (Isaiah 59:8-12)

That's why, as it says; "The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth [in that devious direction] shall not know peace [at all]" (Isaiah 59:8). If we go over to Isaiah 66 looking right into the time we are in now, and right into the future, Isaiah 65:17, leading us eventually into the new heavens and the new earth. But here in Isaiah 66:5 it says:

"Hear the word of the [Eternal], ye that tremble at his word [you that listen to the word that was given to us. This is why COGIW is trying to remain as aligned as we know how, with what was given to us]; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the [Eternal] be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed [we need to be faithful and just simply leave it in God's hands and these things will work out eventually]. A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the [Eternal] that rendereth recompence to his enemies." (Isaiah 66:5-6)

Notice it is from the temple, the Spiritual temple, to which Christ will return, defined as the house. Defined; "...to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word" (Isaiah 66:2). That's the house, that's the temple:

"Before she travailed [who? Zion, the one that brings rise to this temple], she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? [Zion actually gave rise to Christ, the Church of which we must be part] Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." (Isaiah 66:7-8)

Children, plural. Zion brought forth a man child; yes, but before she went through the tribulation she brought forth the children. The true Church doesn't have to go through the tribulation to bring forth her children.

"Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the [Eternal]: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her. (Isaiah 66:9-10)

Remember we are looking eventually forward to a new heavens and new earth, "And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people..." (Isaiah 65:19). We are looking at the New Jerusalem ultimately, and therefore the Jerusalem that will be built during the Millennium is going to be a type of that New Jerusalem. It is going to be a picture of that New Jerusalem:

"That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the [Eternal], Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river..." (Isaiah 66:11-12)

It is coming from the very river of the Spirit of God. That is where it's going to arise from, and that will then go out from there into the rest of the world and go all through the Millennium and eventually the entire universe. We went down to the Space Centre and were able to see the puny attempts of man to get out into the universe. God has got that all sewn up and ready. The earth will be the centre, and we will eventually go out to the universe, taking God's Government and God's Way of life. If we learn it! The way of peace - if we know it! We have got to understand that, that way of peace does not come from human sources, because the human heart has got Satan's mind in it. That's not where the peace will come from:

"For thus saith the [Eternal], Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem." (Isaiah 66:12-13)

Now in Ezekial 37 - remember where this is. This is the time that Ezekiel is looking at the valley of dry bones: "...these bones are the whole house of Israel..." (Ezekiel 37:11) Then in verse 23:

"Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God." (Ezekiel 37:23)

This is right into the future, when Israel, and the rest of the world, will be resurrected in a physical resurrection. And learn the physical ways of God, ready to eventually take their place, alongside Zion with the Church, with the Jerusalem above, the Mother of us all. Those ways we will eventually take out to the far flung reaches of the universe:

"And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them [the outflow will be clear to them at that time, and the inflow as well]. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever [here is the resurrection, looking way into the future, beyond the resurrection, beyond the time when they are changed and transferred into very spirit beings]. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace [a covenant of shalom] with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore." (Ezekiel 37:24-26)