The FBE-er: Who’s Your Daddy?

Interpretation of these beatitudes largely reflect the work of Mark D. Rotramel in his doctoral work, “Enhancing Transformational Leadership of Deacons Through A Spiritual Formation Model Using the Beatitudes in a Series of Lectio Divina Prayer Experiences.”  Please see the previous posts on Matthew 5:3-7.

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are those who draw others into God’s peace, for they shall be identified as God’s very offspring.


Those who draw others into God’s peace…” 

The term is “peacemakers.”

What is peace?
How would one “make” it?

The Hebrew context that Jesus speaks from uses the term, “Shalom.”

Shalom is not merely the absence of war.
It is the fullness of wholeness:
     Spiritually whole.
          In proper relationship with God.
     Psychologically whole.
          In proper relationship with self.
     Socially whole.
          In proper relationship with others.
     Materially whole.
          In proper relationship with God’s creation.

How do we make that kind of peace?

First, we secure our faith in Christ – in the Gospel.
In Luke 8 Jesus teaches us that we must take heed how we hear the Word of God – the seed that is sown upon our soil.

We must hear with good soil – allowing the seed to penetrate our souls, take root, and produce fruit in line with the Kingdom of God.

Good soil places an abiding faith in the Word and is found saved.

Second, we produce the “therefore” of our salvation – the fruit of the seed of the Gospel.
1 Peter 1:3-22 teaches us about this faith, the salvation it produces, and what is to come from that salvation – the fruit.

Verse 9 teaches us that the outcome of our faith in the Word of God is “soul salvation.”  (We also learn the identity of the Word of God – the imperishable seed, the Gospel – 1 Peter 1:23-25)

The outcome of our faith is the salvation of our whole being – our self, our life, our soul.
Verses 10-12 elaborate on that salvation.

Verse 13 begins with, “Therefore…”

Our salvation has a “therefore…”
Our salvation is not the goal.
Our salvation is not THE therefore…

Verses 13-25 gives us two “therefores.”

First – Verse 14 – “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance…”

We are not to live in the old passions, lusts, hypocrisies, envies, slanders, violence, and self-pursuits.
Soul salvation should purify our souls.

Second – Verse 22 – “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”

The therefore of soul salvation is love.
Cross of Christ love.
Self-Sacrifice seeking unity…
Seeking Shalom.

We make peace by conforming to our reconciliation with God, and moving in that reconciliation together with and toward others.

This is why John said, “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:10

We make peace the way Christ made peace – giving ourselves away in love.

 

for they shall be identified as God’s very offspring.

My children look like their mother and me.
That’s the nature of things.

Offspring resemble their parents.

This is why Jesus told the religious hypocrites, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires…” John 8:44

Have you found yourself poor in spirit – hoping in nothing but Christ?
You will find God’s reigning Kingdom in your life.

The reality of that Kingdom, and it’s absence from everyday life in this fallen world will cause you to mourn.
You will find comfort in the power of the Cross and Resurrection.

The victory of the Cross will teach you to be meek – victory does not come from human strength, but divine, humble power.
As you submit to Christ’s humble power, you will discover victorious promises from God.

Those promises will be a holy salt to your palate, increasing a desire for God’s righteousness,
and God’s Spirit in you will satisfy His desire He has grown in you.

God’s satisfied righteousness in your heart will look out at others in humble love and compassion and mercy,
and you will walk in the Mercy of God.

You will learn to yearn for nothing else but this, and Gods countenance will be yours.

And you will look like Him, bringing His Shalom to others.

And what will people think of you?
“This person is a child of the Living God.”

When people look at your life they will see the resemblance of your father.
Be honest.

Who’s your daddy?
Read 1 Peter chapter 1, meditate on it, and practice it.

Peace,
Nick

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I've been on staff at FBE since 2012. Where I first was hired as a creative coordinator, I am now the Pastoral Assistant. I married my beautiful best friend, Ashley Garcia on December 19, 2015. Knowing God is a constant and endless pursue, third wave coffee is a must, punk rock and hardcore keep my spirits high.

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