“And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil.4:7 HCSB).
This is a peace which the world cannot give; money cannot buy, nor can social position bring it. The peace of God comes from God as a gift — peace “which surpasses every thought.” In other words, God gives a peace which surpasses anything the mind of man can imagine or conceive. The finite mind cannot even think in terms of the peace which God gives to those who trust in Him.
“And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (1 John 5:11 NASB). What kind of life has God given us? Eternal life! We give gifts to our friends and loved ones, but those gifts perish, they wear out or become outdated. Not so with God’s gift; it is eternal. Jesus came that we might have life–abundant and everlasting; and regardless of the changes around us, our everlasting life remains the same. It never changes, it never grows old, it is never out of date.
“See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.” (1 Thess. 5:15 NASB)
A Christian brings reproach on the Church and upon the name of the Lord, as well as discrediting himself when he repays evil for evil, wrong for wrong; but it is commendable and it honors God and brings honor to the name Christian when we repay good for evil.
“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,‘ says the Lord. ‘BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.‘ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:19-21 NASB)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4 (NASB)
“Blessed assurance! Jesus is mine. Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!” There is no uncertainty attached to the hope of the born again believer. We have salvation, we are saved forever. We have eternal life. We are children of God—even in this present evil world we are children of the heavenly King, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. We are led by the Holy Spirit, sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption; and beyond this life we have an inheritance eternal and undefiled—we have a perfect inheritance reserved for us in heaven.
I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
Psalm 62:1-2 (HCSB)
The LORD is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The LORD is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, and Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power;
To make know to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Psalm 145:8-13 (NASB)
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NASB)
A branch has no resources from which to bring forth fruit except it be connected to the vine. The vine provides life, power, ability to produce fruit. The believer is connected to the true vine, Jesus Christ—and it is through Him, by His power, that we are enabled to produce fruit.
We need to be alert lest the devil cause us to center our minds on something aside from Jesus—causing us to break fellowship with Him; and if the master deceiver can cause us to become occupied with ourselves, self-willed, and self-centered, we are no better than a branch severed from a vine. The most painfully deluded person on earth is a Christian who, in witnessing for Christ, glories in his own attainments and victories. The more fully we are dedicated to Christ, the more fully He controls us—soul, spirit, and body—the less notoriety we desire for ourselves and the more honor and glory we will bestow upon His name.