Prince of Peace
Scripture references are quoted from the New King James Version
us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government
will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"
prophecy of a child being born who will be the "Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" has its fulfillment in
the life of Jesus. What does the Bible tell us about "peace"
and this "Prince of Peace?"
Peace? According to Webster's dictionary, peace is a state
of tranquillity, quiet, calm, freedom from civil disturbance,
A state of security - being secure within a community, freedom
from oppression, strife and disorder. In harmony in personal
relations. Untroubled by conflict, agitation or commotion.
Is peace desirable? Do you have it? Would you like to have
it? How may we receive true peace.
in His last discourse with His disciples before His crucifixion
said to them, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to
you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
How is it that Jesus could give His disciples "peace" when
He was about to suffer on Calvary and His disciples would
soon go through the worst experience of their lives up to
days later, at evening on the day of His resurrection, Jesus
came and stood in the midst of His disciples and said to them,
"Peace be with you.-- Then the disciples were glad when
they saw the Lord" (John 20:19, 20). What a Prince! Death
and the grave could not hold Him.
of promises of God in the Old Testament regarding peace
says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: 'I am
the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you
by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness
like the waves of the sea' " (Isaiah 48:17, 18).
scripture, peace is equated to "heeding" God's commandments.
"Heeding" implies to pay attention. God's commandments were
given to guide mankind in ways of peace and doing what is
right. All God's laws are given to benefit men and women,
to direct them in the way of doing what is right and to protect
them from sin and suffering. Paying attention to God's laws
means following them, practicing them, being guided by them.
When we follow God's instructions, our peace will be "like
a river." This is God's promise to us.
the promise to those who do not pay attention to God and His
instruction? "There is no peace," says the Lord, "for the
wicked" (Isaiah 48:22). That's pretty clear. Those who heed
God's commands will have peace. Those who ignore Him will
not have peace.
of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness,
quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a
peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting
places" (Isaiah 32:17, 18).
hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace
to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back
to folly... Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness
and peace have kissed" (Psalm 85:8, 10).
peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them
to stumble" (Psalm 119:165).
keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because
he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the
Lord, is everlasting strength" (Isaiah 26:3, 4). Trusting
in the Lord brings peace and strength.
know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and
a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me,
and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all you heart" (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
God's purpose is to give us peace, a future and a hope if
we will listen to Him and trust Him.
of what New Testament writers say about God and His peace?
there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest, and
on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'" (Luke 2:13, 14).
for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will
guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).
Himself is our peace,... He came and preached peace to you
who were afar off and to those who were near. For through
Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father" (Ephesians
2:14, 17, 18). Throughout scripture there are many references
that associate Jesus with peace. In this reference, Jesus
is our peace. By being our peace before God, Jesus has made
peace among those who are in union with Him. To have Him is
to have His peace that surpasses all understanding. "This
peace is not something that He gives apart from Himself. It
is in Christ, and we receive it only by receiving Him" (Ministry
of Healing, p. 247).
is our Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6).
not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John
His commandments and your peace will be like a river (Isaiah
is no peace for the wicked (Isaiah 48:22).
work of doing what is right will be peace (Isaiah 32:17,
Lord will speak peace to His people, but let them not turn
back to folly (Psalm 85:8, 10).
peace have those who love His law (Psalm 119:165).
will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts You (Isaiah 26:3, 4).
thoughts toward you are thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
purpose is for peace on earth and goodwill toward men (Luke
your requests be made known to God, and His peace, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds (Philippians 4:6, 7).
peace with God is through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans
is our peace. Apart from Him, we do not have His peace (Ephesians
He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly
a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered
with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came
to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!'
But He said to them, 'Why are you fearful, O you of little
faith?' Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and
there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, 'Who
can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?" (Matthew
has the power to calm the tempests of our lives when we yield
our hearts and lives to Him. "However fierce the tempest,
those who turn to Jesus with the cry, 'Lord, save us,' will
find deliverance."--Reflecting Christ, p. 278.
peace I give to you;-- Let not your heart be troubled, neither
let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
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" (1 Thessalonians 5:23).