Claiming Our Inheritance of Peace
Terry J. Hallock
Romans 8:16-17 declares that born-again believers are "co-heirs" with Christ. "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." In John 16:33 Jesus describes the central gift of that inheritance. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
The heart of our inheritance as co-heirs with Christ is peace, but not just kind of peace. It certainly isn't the conditional and fleeting kind the world offers. Jesus' peace is "eternal security, safety, harmony, and prosperity." That is the meaning of the Greek word used for "peace" in John 16:33. To put even more simply, Jesus' peace is full and complete life. That is after all why He said He came. "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10). If we are in Christ we have been offered a peace so powerful no force of darkness can ever wound our heart, steal our joy, or fill us with anxiety and fear. We can live as if every need of our body, soul, and spirit are met and met with abundance.
I'm not speaking about imagined things. I'm speaking of living in actual security when actual threats or attacks are mounted against us. I'm talking about existing in actual safety when actual enemies stand at our door. I'm declaring that Jesus has already won a peace so powerful that every part of our life can be in harmony even when all around us is in discord. I'm even speaking of a manifested prosperity so full that not only is our daily bread never absent, but there is an abundance so pressed down, shaken together, and running over we are freed from the chains of poverty and debt and the fear and misery they cause.
That peace -- that abundant life -- is our in ...
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