New Jerusalem is the Foundation of Peace

The previous posts described the first three aspects of New Jerusalem seen in Revelation 21:2. First, it is holy not merely in position but even more it is holy in nature because it is of God, the Holy One. Second, it is the city of the great King, the realm in which He rules by His life in all the regenerated believers. Third, it is new because it is in the realm of resurrection.

The fourth aspect of New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:2 is the name Jerusalem. The Hebrew word means “foundation of peace.” Salem in Hebrew means peace. In Hebrews 7:1 Melchisedec is the king of Salem, and Hebrews 7:2 interprets this as king of Peace. This Melchisedec is a figure of Christ Himself (see Hebrews 5:5-10). New Jerusalem is founded in peace because it is of God, who is the God of peace, as He is named in Philippians 4:9 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

This God of peace became incarnated in Christ. Toward the end of Christ’s earthly ministry, John chapters 14 to 16 record His lengthy speaking to His disciples. At the end of these chapters He concluded, “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have affliction, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). In Christ we have peace! In the world—that is, in politics, business, education, legal affairs, our community, etc.—we should not expect peace. We should not look for peace in outward situations because He told us that in the world will be affliction and not peace. Rather, we should love His words because He has spoken to us that we may have peace. Loving His word is the first experiential key to peace.

Ephesians 2:14-15 tell us that, based on Christ’s work on the cross, “He Himself is our peace.” Then, verses 17-18 say, “And coming, He announced peace as the gospel to you who were far off, and peace to those who were near, for through Him we both have access in one Spirit unto the Father.” Before His death the gospel was preached only to the Jews. But now, in Ephesians 2:17, after His resurrection, the gospel of peace is announced  to both Gentiles and Jews. Verse 18 gives the second experiential key for peace; the word “for” at the beginning of this verse indicates an explanation follows. Peace is related to our access in one Spirit unto the Father. Our human spirit, which is one spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17), is the means for us to enjoy this access in the Spirit. When we think so much about the world situation near and far the result is anxiety. But, the more we exercise our deepest part—our human spirit—and take the Lord’s words in a loving way, the more our soul and spirit are separated (Hebrews 4:12) thereby allowing our spirit to bring us to the Father to enjoy peace.

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  1. Awesome site and especially enlightening. Thanks for taking the time to write it and post it!

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