The Foundation of Peace

Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ is part of a series of volumes on the whole New Testament (details here). Here is an excerpt on the Triune God as our eternal peace in New Jerusalem.

New Jerusalem is the foundation of peace

The title Jerusalem is composed of two Hebrew words—Jeru meaning “foundation,” and Salem meaning “peace.” Paul tells us in Hebrews 7 that the king of Salem is the king of peace (v. 2). Salem is peace, and Jeru is that which is founded, built, and laid as a foundation. Thus, Jerusalem means the foundation of peace. Jerusalem is that which is grounded, founded, and safeguarded in peace. The Bible indicates that peace is God Himself. In the New Testament there are two titles—the God of peace (Phil. 4:9; 1 Thes. 5:23) and the peace of God (Phil. 4:7). Both of these titles indicate that God Himself is our peace.

Hebrews 12:11 speaks of peace as the fruit of righteousness, and Romans 14:17 puts righteousness before peace. If everything is righteous, we live in peace, but where unrighteousness prevails, people live in fear. In new heaven and new earth, everyone and everything is under God’s ruling. Satan, the source of unrighteousness, is in the lake of fire. Hence, righteousness pervades the new creation, and as a result peace is everywhere.

Jerusalem is the Triune God to be our peace, to be our safety. The entire New Jerusalem will be an entity of peace. The New Jerusalem will be solidly grounded and safeguarded in the Triune God as peace and safety, and we will enjoy the Triune God as peace forever.

In the Old Testament Jerusalem often lacked peace, and the current Jerusalem is not in a peaceful setting. Nevertheless, New Jerusalem will be thoroughly peaceful; the condition of the city will match its name.

Photo from NASA Johnson Space Flight Center.

Related posts:
Perfect Righteousness
Christ is the King of Righteousness and King of Peace
New Jerusalem is the Foundation of Peace

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  1. I enjoyed seeing that “Jerusalem” means the foundation of peace–a city founded, grounded and safeguarded in peace. The eternal New Jerusalem is an entity of peace. God is the God of peace and His complete salvation brings peace to our entire being (1 Thes. 5:23), In my most recent post, I mentioned that the Lord came to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79). Then as believers, we must cooperate with His salvation to continually walk the “way of peace”–a way that brings us onward in our journey into God. This journey consummates in the city of peace, the New Jerusalem.

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    • Tom, thanks for pointing us not only to New Jerusalem but also to Christ as our peace now. This reminds me of the end of John 16 – the Lord tells us that in Him we have peace but in the world we have troubles.

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  2. The Jews knew precisely what Christ was doing – equating Himself with God (v31-33). They charged Him with blasphemy. Jesus never denied claiming that He was God. Instead, He pointed out that the law itself says, “ye are gods” (Psalm 82:6).

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