“And Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts”

Our verse for today’s study is Colossians 3:15:

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15 (ESV)

Yesterday, in our study, we reviewed the phrase “peace of Christ,” and noted that you can’t have the “peace of Christ,” without “peace with Christ.”  This means unless you have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, you are in line to experience God’s wrath and eternal judgment.  But when you are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ because of Christ’s work on the cross, then you are at “peace with God.”  From there, you know that your eternal hope is in Jesus Christ, therefore you can experience the “peace of Christ” as you meet the trials of life.

So with that in mind, let us look at the remaining parts of this verse.

“…rule in your hearts…” – Our status in Jesus Christ – reconciled to God – should make a difference in how we live.  Here, the Apostle Paul is reminding us that this status should “rule” in our lives.  This “peace” that we have with God and of Jesus Christ should be preeminent in our perspective.

“…to which indeed you were called…” – I believe “called” can refer to two things.  First, we were dead in our sins and God called us to Himself (Ephesians 1:4).  Second, as followers of Jesus Christ we are “called” to live in a way that honors Him.  This manner of practicing righteousness in our lives is also our calling.

“…in one body…” – We are called individually to God, but once called we become part of the body of Christ.  As 1 Corinthians 12:27 says,

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27 (ESV)

And as Romans 12:5 notes,

“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” – Romans 12:5 (ESV)

In this verse, Paul is reminding us again of our perspective in Christ – “the peace of Christ” – and he is reminding us that this is the status to which we have been called.  In other words, perspective on live comes with our conversion.  At the point of accepting Christ as our Savior, we have recognized what a helpless sinner we are – a sinner that was once doomed to hell – and recognize that now we are inside the family of God.  Being inside the family of God provides incredible benefits, namely being able to spend eternity with God in heaven in a sinless place called heaven.  If our perspective remains on earth and on our earthly troubles and trials, we lose sight of these benefits and mean little to us.  But, as Paul says in the early parts of this chapter, if we set our sights on things above, our perspective is changed as well.

Next time, Lord willing, we will discuss the final sentence of this verse, “And be thankful.”

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