"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be
called sons of God."
- End hostilities
- The word "peacemakers" is only used
here in the NT
- These hostilities could be: - international, -
internal personal, - between God and man, - between man and man
is an activity and produces results. This is actively engaging in a
hostile environment to resolve the conflict.
- It is not the word "peace" or
"peaceful" or a mere disposition.
- This is a quality of discipleship that results from
the previous beatitudes such as being: - meek, - poor in spirit, -pursuing
righteousness, -merciful. These
combine together to create a disciple who can be a peacemaker. (Note the
importance of pursuing righteousness without becoming legalistic and unmerciful.)
- Galatians 5:19 describes the works of the flesh
as including these traits that are far from being "peacemakers:
hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions,
factions and envy. The fruit of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control =
all qualities that are conducive for creating peace.
- This "peacemaking" is unidentified in
this verse, so it is not just one kind or in one dimension. It is a
character trait or a character quality.
- But, this "peacemaking" is not
appeasement. Appeasement is not peacemaking. Appeasement is not Christian,
it is not godly, it is not righteous and it is not meek.
- Matthew 10:34 - Jesus said he did not come to
bring peace, but a sword.
- Matthew 5:10 - the next Beatitude says those who
live this way will be persecuted
- We do live in an evil world that will not want
God's terms of peace. The evil world only wants appeasement. This
peacemaking is not appeasement and will lead to irresolvable conflict
between God and evil.
a. Jesus made peace between
God and man (Ephesians 2:14-20)
b. The result was the
potential for peace between man and man.
c. The gospel then promotes
d. Christians advance peace
and not division, bitterness, strife, etc.
is in the passive form and probably indicates it is God
who is the one doing the "calling" you sons of God.
this is not just
the calling of a name or the assigning of a name
"called" means these people ARE this and they have made
this their own character. The ARE sons of God
"sons of God"
This is a
condition that goes beyond "discipleship"
sons of God
refers to a relationship and to a character shared with God
This is probably
not the same use of the phrase "sons of God" that Paul and John use
to refer to our new life or our born again condition. This is a reference to
the matured character of the born again believer.
"son of ____" indicates the nature of the father or the
character of something in a person. This phrase is used in Matthew several
times: 8:12 to refer to the sons of the kingdom; 9:15 to refer to the sons of
the wedding hall; 13:38 to refer to the sons of the evil one; 23:31 to refer to
the sons of those who killed the prophets
Psalm 34:14 and First Peter 3:8-14
Romans 12:17-21 Peace,
overcome evil with good
The kingdom of peace is
coming, but even today many oppose it and will be defeated by this kingdom.