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Calling on the Name of the Lord: God of Peace
God's name is very important. His name is holy, pure, and represents His character and love towards us. Yet I often hear prayers end in "amen" without even mentioning the phrase, "in His name I pray", or "in the name of Jesus I pray", or something similar. The Scripture is full of examples of men calling on the name of God in their prayers. Here are a few examples:
May God bless you all!
Abraham called on the
of the Lord (Genesis 12:8; 13:4).
The Lord proclaimed His own
before Moses (Exodus 33:19; 34:5).
Isreal was warned against profaning the
of the Lord
of the Lord was not to be taken in vain (Exodus 20:7;
The priests of Isreal were to minister in the
of the Lord
of God is called "wonderful" in Isaiah 9:6.
To call on the
of the Lord was to worship Him as God
So - what is His Name?
In this series of articles, I want to explore the various names of the Lord. When we pray and call upon His name, it is good to know on whom we are calling. Does that mean that there are many Gods? NO! It does mean that He has many names and that each has been given to us so that we can pray more specifically and use one of the many characteristics that is embodied in our God. Let's get started.
God of Peace
Peace basically means prosperity, oneness, quietness, rest, set at one again, the end of war, the end of hostilities. The two most prominent words in the Bible translated peace are the Hebrew
and in Greek
(from which we get serene).
Peace: Hebrew 7965
, that is, (figuratively)
well, happy, friendly;
that is, health, prosperity, peace: - X do, familiar, X fare,
favour, + friend, X greet, (good) health, (X perfect, such as be at) peace (-able, -ably), prosper (-ity, -ous), rest, safe (-ly), salute, welfare, (X all is, be) well, X wholly" (Strong's H7965). The end of (cessation of) turmoil and strife.
Peace: Greek 1515
"Probably from a primary verb eiro (to
(literally or figuratively); by implication
- one, peace, quietness, rest,
+ set at one again" (Strong's G1515).
Where do we get the name "God of Peace"? (Also "Prince of Peace")
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For our obedience is come abroad unto all
I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto
that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
And the God of peace shall
bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
"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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
And why call on the name of the Lord who is the "God of Peace"?
Without too much digging, I can think of seven reasons why we might call on this particular name of the Lord:
1. His Kingdom is one of peace, and we ought to try and walk in His kingdom daily:
"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
"To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called
Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ."
2. God's peace is to be preached abroad - true peace will attract the lost and provide hope in this dying world:
"The word which
sent unto the children of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)"
1 Corinthians 14:33:
"For God is not
of confusion, but of peace, as
in all churches of the saints."
3. We are meant to abide in His peace - Why live in turmoil?
"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost."
"And as many as walk according to this rule, peace
ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also
and mercy, and upon the Isreal of God."
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
"Now the God of peace
with you all. Amen."
4. His peace provides victory in battle with the enemy of our souls
"And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
with you. Amen."
5. The work of God's peace is sanctification - getting us ready for the kingdom!
1 Thessalonians 5:23:
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and
your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 1:2:
"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through
sanctifcation of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."
2 Corinthians 13:11:
"Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort,
be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you."
6. Grace and peace go together - and we need all the grace we can get!
1 Thessalonians 1:1:
"Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the
in God the Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace
unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 1:2-4:
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us
to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 John 1:3:
"Grace be with you, mercy,
peace, from God the Father, and from
the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love."
7. His peace will help mature us - Perfect means mature - It isn't good to stay baby Christians
"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom
glory for ever
and ever. Amen."
As we all learn to "call on the name of the Lord," let us remember that one of His names is the "God of Peace." When we are in turmoil, conflict, perplexed, scared, panicked, or otherwise surrounded by pandemonium - call on the name of the God of Peace.
Until He returns:
"Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and
heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."
(Leviticus 18:21; 22:2, 32).
(Deuteronomy 18:5; 21:5).
(Genesis 21:33; 26:25).
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