The Beatitudes – 7 – Peacemakers
We read in Isaiah 9:7 that at Christ’s return, “Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.”
Taking that down to practical reality, it also figures that God places a high value on our ability to be peacemakers. In the Beatitudes Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” His statement begs two questions: How do we become peacemakers, and how do we become children of God?
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We’re working on a series on the beatitudes. This would be the eighth one. It’s about Peacemakers, which is the seventh and last beatitude. How come it is the eighth one if there are seven? Because we had an introduction. Right?
In the introduction to this series we laid out some observations. We said that each one of the beatitudes is the foundation for the one following. So we believe that they are growth steps and you have to accomplish the first one before you can do the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth…. That’s helpful, because if you get stuck in your spiritual development somewhere along the way, you can find out where the problem is and “go back and do the first works,” like God told the Ephesian church. So they are growth steps – teaching us how to grow toward salvation. They are seven attitudes that define Godly character. It’s not about rules; it’s a about attitudes. Each one has a connection to the holy days. We laid that out, too. If that’s true – and you can judge for yourself whether it is or not – that means that the seven steps to our own personal spiritual development coincide with, and are interlaced also with, the seven steps of salvation. So you’ve got micro and macro in this program.