Word of the Month

Grace and Peace

January 2001

Grace and peace are gifts that are offered to mankind by God and Jesus Christ. The willingness to accept grace and peace requires the recognition that we have need thereof. The Apostle Peter also made mention of this relationship (cf. 2 Peter 1:2).

The word of God creates light in the soul; and where truth shines brightly, one recognizes that one has need of grace and peace from God. This offer is always present and available to all. Many, however, do not recognize it. They pass up God's offer of grace without a second thought. Why is this? They have no understanding of God and Jesus Christ, the do not know the Almighty's plan of salvation for mankind. Where the light does not illuminate, one is unaware of one's need for grace. But whoever allows this grace to work upon himself is freed from all claims of the spirits, becomes joyful and blissful and subsequently makes it possible to receive Godly peace.

The original peace between God and man was disburbed by sin. However, through his sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus Christ took upon himself the burden of the sins of mankind, and he offers unto us: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27). The Apostle Paul already recognized that this peace of God is greater than all understanding. In his letter to the Philippians, he expressed the wish that this peace "shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (cf. Philippians 4:7)

Peace is a concept from antiquity; in the various ancient languages it was not described with one word alone, but had various designations, depending on what was meant. In ancient Greece, the word "peace" meant a joyful gathering. For the Romans, the word "pax" described a regular relationship between two parties; if one no longer fought, thus, peace reigned.

And peace from God? It passes all understanding, it is the highest state of bliss thanks to God's grace which is manifested in forgiveness and reconciliation.

In this spirit I would like to wish you all a blessed New Year 2001.<br/> <br/> With heartfelt greetings,<br/> Yours

Richard Fehr