Message of the Day: We Have Peace of Mind and Soul Made Possible by Our Savior!
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14, NKJV)
This brief hymn is called the Gloria in Excelsis Deo, from the first words of the Latin Vulgate translation (meaning “Glory to God in the Highest”). The angels recognized the glory and majesty of God by giving praise to Him. Peace is not assured to all, but only to those pleasing to God – the objects of his good pleasure. The Roman world was experiencing the Pax Romana (“Roman Peace”), marked by external tranquility. But the angels proclaimed a deeper, more lasting peace than that – a peace of mind and soul made possible by the Savior. Peace with God is received by faith in Christ, and it is believers “with whom he is pleased.”
The Davidic Messiah was called “Prince of Peace”, and Christ promised peace to his disciples. But Christ also brought conflict (the “sword,” Matt. 10:34-36; Luke 12:49), for peace with God involves opposition to Satan and his work (James 4:4). The traditional “good will toward men” refers to the good will that God directs toward his people. It is an expression of love to people, and therefore God is to be praised.
The design of God, in the incarnation, was to manifest the hidden glories of his nature, and to reconcile men to each other and to himself. The angels therefore declare that this incarnation shall manifest and promote the glory of God. The world is at war with God; sinners are at enmity against their Maker and against each other. There is no peace to the wicked. But Jesus came to make peace; and this he did, by reconciling the world to God by his atonement and bringing the sinner to a state of peace with his Maker
When we become reconciled to God, through the death of his Son, Jesus Christ, we love one another. We have peace with God, peace in our own consciences, and peace with our neighbors: goodwill dwells among us, speaks in us, and works by us.
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