PEACE IS BETTER THAN WAR! – Ephesians 1


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:2 ASV

The linking of the Saviour’s name with that of the Father as the source of grace and peace indicates the apostolic certainty of our Lord’s oneness with deity itself.

Grace and peace … “Grace” with variations was a typical Greek greeting, and “Peace” was a Hebrew greeting.

Paul combined the two, with his own genius for improving both of them and expanding their meanings.

In the Christian concept, grace is not merely “cheerio,” but the joy unspeakable flowing outward to people from the fountain of God’s gracious and overflowing love, forgiveness and mercy, and that without any merit whatever on the part of people.

Peace is not merely the tranquillity and equilibrium of a soul in harmony with the Creator, but the word also anchors and symbolizes one of the great value judgments of Christianity, namely, that peace is better than war.

This same greeting is found in all of Paul’s epistles, though the word mercy is added in the Pastorals.

PEACE IS BETTER THAN WAR

So deeply ingrained in the fabric of Western civilization is the basic Christian concept of peace being better than war, that there are many who are seemingly unaware of its origin and of the Christian roots that sustain it.

Whence came the idea that peace is better than war?

Modern tyrants like Hitler and Mussolini both expressed a preference for war, not to mention the relentless war machine of the United States military industrial complex, all consciously choosing for themselves and their nations what they thought to be the advantages of war.

That they were able to do such a thing came about through their rejection of the teachings of the Bible.

It is the word of God alone that creates and binds upon people the judgment that peace is better than war.

Such a view is absolutely incompatible with unregenerated humanity.

The first poem ever written glorified the crime of murder (Genesis 4:23); and humanity, apart from the holy Scriptures, has invariably adored and elevated the ruthless mass-murders and spoilers of the human race.

Take the Bible away, and people will automatically revert to pillage, plunder, rape and bloodshed in the same manner as the sow returns to her wallowing in the mire.

The preference for peace is not a desire that flows out of unregenerated hearts; but it comes from the benign influence of the Prince of Peace, who constantly challenges people and makes them ashamed as they move over grotesque moonlit battlefields at night, covering the faces of the dead as they advance.

It is the light that shines in the Bible that allows people to see the atrocious ugliness of war.

Such a value judgment is implicit in the glorious words of this Pauline salutation.

It is not a denial of this truth which is indicated by the extensive and widespread acceptance of the superior blessings of peace on the part of men, generally, throughout the world; but that acceptance is evidence that the whole civilized world still remains, partially, within the perimeter of Christian influence.

Should that influence continue to be abated and eroded, reversion to the old value judgments will follow.

Since 2020, Earth’s national leaders seem to be following Satan’s rule ever more, with each passing day. Global tyranny is on the rise and we must pray constantly that God’s Will be done!

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, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 ASV
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