The Peace of Christ
We’ve been doing something where I preach for several months now, that at first, I thought wouldn’t last but a few weeks. In the fall I said to the church, “text me your favorite passage,” and I’ll schedule a sermon on that passage on a Sunday evening. Before I left the building that morning, I had text messages with Biblical text suggestions. Over 12 Sunday evenings now, that has continued.
Tomorrow night I preaching on Col. 3:15. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
When Christ died on the cross He purchased peace with God. I receive that exceptional benefit when I obey the gospel. What then? Life after baptism should mean, that peace governs or rules my life from the inside out.
But we want to know what that means specifically. Just look closely into the context of Colossians three and the answers are there, as to specifics: Put on garments of righteousness (verses 12-14). Be thankful (verse 15). “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…,” (verse 16). Do all in the name of the Lord (verse 17).
Yes, this is how Bible reading and study works. And this is how you preach from a context. Just stay where the verse is, explore what surrounds it and learn more about how you need to apply it.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” this year and until the Lord comes.