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'Blessings to the Peacemakers'

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설교자 : Rev. Jang
본문말씀 : Matthew 5:9

October 1, 2017

 

‘Blessings to the Peacemakers’

Matthew 5:9

 

Rev. Chan Young Jang’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

1.

The more we meditate upon the ‘Beatitudes’, the more we recognize the connections among all the eight blessings Lord Jesus talks about. 1) The poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, and then 6) the pure in heart who will see God. Those who see God will realize that they have lived ‘under the law’, and that there are limitations in their life of obeying the law and in their sacrifices with the blood of lamb or goat. Now they see that it is God’s plan to have Jesus uncover the secrets hidden since the creation of the world.

 

Our sins could not be absolved by the blood of animals under the law, and we realize our sins are forgiven only through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ. Now with our pure heart, we can become the children of God. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’ means that ‘as their problem of sin is resolved, the pure in heart will see God through Jesus Christ’.

 

God’s secret plan, which had been ‘hidden since the creation of the world’ for the salvation of humankind, was opening the door for us to become the children of God through His incarnation and His sacrificial death. More explanation is provided in the Bible.

 

Galatians 4:5  (God sent His Son) to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

 

1 John 3:1  How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

 

Therefore, today’s passage, the 7th blessing of the ‘Beatitudes’, is about God’s blessing for us when we are called the children of God. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God’, and now we want to meditate on the meaning of being the peacemakers.

 

The peacemaker in Greek is ‘eileno-poios’; ‘eileno’ means peace and ‘poios’ means make or accomplish. You may think “I am a child of God now, and I want to live my life as a peacemaker”. But, we cannot become the ‘peacemakers’ in today’s passage by our own wills, as we were not born with the ability to be ‘the peacemaker’, which is one of the characters of God. We want to understand this connection by studying the background of the Greek word ‘Eileno (peace)’ and the Hebrew word ‘Shalom’, which means more than just ‘peace’.

 

As you know, ‘Shalom’ is the traditional greeting among the Jews and ‘Shalom’ has the meaning of ‘Salvation’ as well as the meaning of ‘peace’. So, ‘Shalom’ means ‘the perfect peace of the Lord’. The following is an example of ‘Salvation’ to have the meaning of ‘Shalom’.

 

Psalm 85:9  Surely His salvation (shalom) is near those who fear Him, that His glory may dwell in our land.

 

In other words, His perfect peace is coming to our land.

 

 

2.

Now we get the idea that ‘the peacemakers’ are not those who have brought peace on earth, and also they are not even humans like us.

 

Isaiah 54:10  “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace (eileno-poios) be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

 

According to the Bible, ‘His covenant of peace’ is foreshadowing Jesus Christ who is one with God Himself.

 

Isaiah 9:6  For us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

 

Therefore, we realize that the ‘peacemakers’ are directly connected to Lord Jesus who has admitted, “I am the blessing”.

 

Today’s message of ‘the peacemakers will be blessed’ was very agreeable to the Jews at that time, unlike the previous six blessings Lord Jesus declared. The Jews were shocked by those six blessings for the pure in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, and those who are merciful, as they were paradoxical. But the blessing for the peacemakers was welcomed by them.

 

The Jews have always revered those who have defended their country from foreign invadors and have brought peace to them. They even regarded peacemakers to be holy, as their cherished desire has been accomplishing a permanent peace on their land. So, even on some tombstones, the deceased would be described as a peace-loving person, a seeker of peace, or a peacemaker.

 

But, if the message of Lord Jesus were the traditional and cherished desire of the Israelites and Jews, it wouldn’t be ‘the secret hidden since the creation of the world’. Then, what was His reason for declaring this message? He wanted to emphasize the limitations of peacemakers’ work. No one can accomplish a permanent and perfect peace. Additionally, no one can really experience a permanent and perfect peace within himself.

 

In ‘Counterfeit Gods’ written by Rev. Keller of the Redeemer Church in Manhattan, NY, he quotes the words of Beatrice Webb, a founder of social welfare and labor movement, who as a British economist drafted many social welfare programs in advanced countries like England and U.S.A., such as Labor Union Act, the welfare law of workers, Social Security system, retirement, insurance, nursing homes and hospitalization systems. Here are her own words.

 

“Around 1890, I wrote in my diary that I staked my all on the innate goodness of the humans and the peace… But now, after 35 years, I realize that the evil impulses and instincts of human beings are eternal. No matter how much the society and system are changed, we are still unchanged in being attracted to the wealth and power.” This was written after the World War I. At the end of her life, she experienced the World War II, and wrote the following. “Unless the evil impulses are removed from the humans, knowledge, science and welfare are useless. Human beings are neither good nor desirous of peace.” She clearly saw how limited and self-centered the humans’ goodness and desire for peace were.

 

Realizing that there is no real peace within us, we want to meditate upon why ‘shalom’ was broken and how to recover ‘shalom’. The Bible tells us that ‘shalom’ was broken by ‘sins’.

 

Romans 5:12  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.

 

When sin entered the world, death which is the result of broken ‘shalom’ entered also. Death in the Bible does not mean the end of our heart and brain functions, but the status of ‘being cut off from God’. The first man Adam experienced the separation from God because of his ‘sin’. We all know Adam ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but this sin began with the temptation.

 

Genesis 3:4-5  “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 

The serpent wanted ‘to cancel the promise of God’ and to tempt her ‘to be like God’. This temptation is a sin, ‘hamarita’ in Hebrew, and it means that the target was missed. Thus, we missed our rightful place before God. Many of us wonder why God placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil at the center of the garden, but it was not a trap for Adam, as he was given the freedom to make a choice.

 

Even though we are created by God, we have been given the freedom to make a right choice in God and subsequently to enjoy the peace, harmony and ‘shalom’. But according to the Bible, from the beginning Satan has been a liar, alienator of people, breaker of peace, maker of false peace, thief and killer.

 

The first man Adam lost the freedom to make a choice, having been deceived by Satan and then breaking the promise of God. Ever since Adam was banished out of the Garden of Eden, he was cut off from God and had to suffer fears, worries, hatred and homicide, all because of the broken peace.

 

 

3.

After the peace was broken and he was cut off from God, he became an enemy of God. Since then, no one could enjoy a true peace or perfect rest, no matter how hard one tries to find it. As long as the problem with God existed, any peace or rest was only temporary for the humans. The Bible explains this as follows.

 

1 Corinthians 15:47  The first man was of dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.

 

The first man is Adam, then, who is the second man? He is Lord Jesus who is one and the same with God.

 

1 Corinthians 15:45  So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.

 

The last Adam is Lord Jesus.

 

Then, Apostle Paul made this amazing confession also.

 

Romans 5:10  “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!”

 

Now, we have concluded that when Jesus was talking about the peacemakers being called the sons of God, He was talking about Himself. There is some more written in the Bible about this.

 

1 John 2:2  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

This had been God’s secret plan of salvation for the whole world.

 

Lord Jesus is the atoning sacrifice and anyone believing in Him will have peace with God.

 

Romans 5:1  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

4.

Now that we know ‘the peacemaker’ is Lord Jesus Himself and those who believe in Him are ‘the peacemakers’, we realize we will be blessed and will be called the sons (children) of God.

 

This must have been so alarming to the Jews, as they could not imagine God being the father. They only thought of their relationship with God in terms of ‘the potter and His clay’, ‘the Creator and His creatures’, and ‘the reigning monarch and His subjects’, and they never dared to call the name of God.

 

When anyone is called a son, it implies that he is the heir, and when we are called the sons of God, it means that we have somehow similar characters as God. Lord Jesus talked about this a few times.

 

John 10:15  “Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

 

He went on to talk about the Father. Then,

 

John 10:30  “I and the Father are one.”

 

Then, the Jews reacted to this violently.

 

John 10:31  Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him.

 

Lord Jesus says that ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God’ and up to this declaration, there was never any mention of sons of God in the Bible. The reason was that ever since the corruption of Adam, the humans had been cut off from God, so there could not have been anyone to be called the son of God.

 

Through Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we have been allowed to become the children of God. The last Adam, Lord Jesus, reconciled us to God as the atoning sacrifice, and now we have the relationship with Him as His children.

 

John 1:12  Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.

 

1 John 3:1a  How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

 

This is true. We used to be the disobedient and angry children of Satan under the law because of our sins. But now we have become the children of God through Jesus Christ, Son of God. Having received this amazing message, hidden since the creation of the world, from Lord Jesus, now we can live our lives as peacemakers, as we are indebted to Him.

 

Philippians 2:15  So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

 

When we realize our new status and are thankful for this amazing saving grace, the Holy Spirit will lead us in our lives and guide us to live the life of peacemakers. This is the privilege of those who are called the children of God. My dear congregation, ‘the Beatitudes’ are Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and the Lord alone is enough for us and we are not in want any more. I hope and pray that you will be filled abundantly with the Lord today and always!

 

Let us sing the closing hymn; “Peace! Peace! Wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above!”


   

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