Our fifth answer in the series of religious questions proposed by a forthcoming compendium deals with world peace.
The question: “What is required for peace in the world?”
The biblical answer: The end of the world.
While the world stands, there will be no true, lasting, effective, global peace, nor has there ever been. What peace has existed, such as during the so-called Pax Romana, was gained at the point of a sword. There will always be “wars and rumors of wars” (Mark 13:7). The peace that Jesus gives is not the peace of the world (John 14:27). The true peace among men is promoted by the preaching of the gospel (Ephesians 2:13-22).
In a manner of speaking, the Divine Peace also comes by conquest, but not by oppressing nations or ethnic groups. God bring peace by overcoming Satan. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20).
Peace in this world exists among God’s saints, as the angels announced to the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14). Even Jesus himself proclaims that, besides peace with God, he brings conflict among men: “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” (Luke 12:51).
Men are unable to discover what brings peace, even when He stands in front of them: “Would that you, even you [Jerusalem], had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42).
Christ’s disciples have peace as they go about fulfilling his mission. Jesus said to his followers, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). This is the Lord’s characteristic greeting, “Peace be with you,” and the apostles and prophets, as did the Jews before them, routinely included a greeting of peace in their letters.
To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:6). The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:7). Therefore, we must pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding (Romans 14:19). So we seek to “live in peace” (2 Corinthians 13:11), though we know it will be impossible to do so with everyone — but we make the effort (Romans 12:18).
Christ is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). Though the world be caught up in a conflagration, we cannot lose him, nor the peace he gives.
What is required to have a general world peace today?