Biblical Peace and Joy
As my dearly departed mother often said, “Do not put the cart before the horse.” Heavenly peace births un-circumstantial joy, gladness of heart that knows no obstacle. You cannot experience true joy apart from true peace. One could say that joy in the midst of a storm is miraculous, a blessing from God that fosters deepening trust and love in the heart of the child of God. In order to better understand the biblical concept of peace, we will take a few minutes to define the meaning of the Greek terms in the following verse that was spoken by the apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Php 4:7
Peace: eirene = “a state of national tranquility, exemption from the rage and havoc of war, peace between individuals, harmony, security, safety, prosperity, felicity, the tranquil state”
*The near equivalent of the Hebrew term, shalom, that speaks of heavenly, un-circumstantial peace
Surpasses: huperecho = “to have or hold over one, to stand out, rise above, overtop, to be above, be superior in rank, authority, power, the prominent men, rulers, to excel, to be superior, better than”
Comprehension: nous = “mind, understanding, reason”
Guard: phroureo = “to guard, protect by a military guard, either to prevent hostile invasion, or to keep the inhabitants of a besieged city from flight, under the control of the Mosaic law, that he might not escape from its power, to protect by guarding, to keep by watching and guarding, to preserve one for the attainment of something”
God’s Word promises emotional peace in every circumstance, even during the most challenging trials of life. Instead of overwhelming stress, grief, depression, and anxiety, you can experience harmony, security, safety, and spiritual prosperity if you are in covenant relationship with Yeshua. As your covenant-partner, our Lord is legally and morally bound to meet your needs and release the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to work in your life. These are solid promises from Scripture and unlike carnal humanity, God always keeps His promises:
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
What exactly can believers expect from the ministry of the Holy Spirit that can bring comfort and joy to them during seasons of suffering? There are two Greek terms that are translated “another.” The definition of these words will help to answer this question:
Another: = allos or heteros
Allos: = “another of the same sort, an exact replica” Example: two identical apples or identical oranges
Heteros: = “another, one not of the same nature, form, class, kind, different” Example: two different pieces of fruit, an apple and an orange
Helper: paraklesis = “the one who comes alongside to comfort, exhort, encourage, admonish, refresh”
Which Word Did Yeshua Use?
The term paraklesis describes the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the one who comes alongside the believer. He is God’s precious gift to the Church–the one who prepares the bride to meet the heavenly Bridegroom. Like Moses in the wilderness, the Holy Spirit is the matchmaker between Yeshua and His bride. According to the Greek translation of the verse, Yeshua promised to send one who was just like Him in every way, and that is exactly what He did. The Holy Spirit is the essence of God living within His people. Allos is the term Yeshua used in John 4:16. Hallelujah!
To learn more about God’s gracious gifts of peace and joy, see my newly released Bible study, Exchanging Sorrow for Joy, available from noreenjacks.com and bibleinteract.tv/store.