Paul wrote to the assembly at Ephesus and wrote six times concerning peace. He desired that they have peace (1:2). He wants these Christians to know that the peace of God is real. It is available to a Christian, but it is not the world’s kind of peace.
The world desires to have peace, meaning a lack of struggle, a lack of war, and the absence of difficulties in life. “I am at peace” we are told when a person is calm their mind or when they sit in the right yoga pose or when they breathe the right way.
“To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:1-2).
This understanding that our peace originates with God, and more specifically, Christ, is valid for more than Christians individually. It is true for Christians collectively as well.
Paul writes, (2:14) that Jesus Christ Himself is our peace. Christ “has made both one,” the text says. Verse 15 clarifies, “so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.”
Jew and Gentile are being brought together from diverse backgrounds, often with opposing worldviews and becoming one in Christ Jesus. The blood of Christ washes the sins of humanity away and breaks down the walls of separation in this world. It makes peace.
“… and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
Paul makes it clear that Jew and Gentile will have reconciliation with God and one another. The preaching of peace with God and the obedience to that preaching allows for reconciliation in one body. The one body is the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4).
Where will you find peace? Please let me offer you peace with God and man through the blood of Christ in the body of Christ, the church.