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15 And [kai] let [brabeuo] the peace [eirene] of God [theos]
rule [brabeuo] in [en] your [humon] hearts, [kardia] to [eis] the which [hos] also [kai] ye are called [kaleo] in [en] one [heis] body; [soma] and [kai] be ye [ginomai] thankful. [eucharistos]KJV-Interlinear
15 And let the peace of Christ
rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be
Peace, is the sum total
of the environment that is developed or constructed within your soul, when you
have grown up spiritually.It is the
armor, the fortress, the temple, the palace, the muscle in your soul that gives
you strength and stability in your life.
But here it is referred
to with one additional characteristic, and that is rule, or rulership.
This type of rule is
ascribed to those who sit in judgment, or who preside over others, in order to
preserve order and allow the activities to run smoothly.
In the competitions of
the ancient world, there were those who coordinated and ruled and made
decisions regarding disagreements or issues where a decision had to be made in
order to determine an outcome.
Did the race end in a
tie, or was one runner ahead of the other by a nose or arm or whatever?Was the throw out of bounds or in bounds?Did the competitor commit a foul?Was the goal made or missed?
7 And the peace of God,
which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard [garrison] your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus. NASB
The peace of God is the
sum total of all that you have learned, and comprehended and come to understand,
and has transformed its content to a form of wisdom within your soul.And it is that wisdom or set of guidelines or
rules, that you are to use in your life, to exercise
self-control over your own life, moment to moment, day to day, throughout your
Peace is the comfort
level, whereby you have a clear view of life, and of the issues within your
life, and peace is the decision maker by which you are to listen to, and follow
its instructions.Instructions, by the
way, which you order yourself to follow.It is the foundation for your own self-discipline in life.
Peace, is the means of
your self control.Peace comes only from
the learning of Bible doctrine, and the spiritual growth it promotes.Peace comes only through ones advancement in
the spiritual life.
And note one important
thing here, if there is no peace, there is no self control.True self control belongs only to the
spiritual life. The carnal life possesses no self control, in that it is a form
of slavery to the sin nature which rules your life, not you.
4 There is one body and
one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith,
6 one God and Father of
all who is over all and through all and in all. NASB
Note here too.There is but one peace, which increases
through advancement and attainment of spiritual maturity.
The one body, is a reference
to all of the components that go into the make-up of the believer in
Christ.His life, his growth, the
foundation building blocks (doctrine) of one s spiritual life and of one s temporal
There is one God, the
Father, who authored one divine plan, and one Spirit who powers that plan, and
one Son who executes that plan, and one doctrine through which we have access
to that plan and so forth.
Christianity is one
full and complete and comprehensive plan by which God has created creatures
from dust (humanity), and has established a means by which this dust can
inherit the new universe and heaven.
And if you really think
about it, that is a pretty awesome accomplishment.And you are, or can be, an active and
productive part of that plan.
But you have to pay
attention to doctrine, learn it, grow up, and then use the doctrine within your
soul, to call the shots of your life.
The Christian life is
not one of indecision, or vacillation, but one of confidence and certainty.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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