"IN THE PLACE WILL I GIVE PEACE"

 

In Haggai 2:9, Yahweh promised Israel that “the Glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former … and in this place will I give peace”. So then, although Yahweh was “yet once more” to “shake the heavens and the earth,” and so destroy the Temple which the Jews were rebuilding, there will come a time of peace. No longer will the people of God be faced with a great mountain of opposition (Zech 4:7), but a new house will be built – a house which will be greater than the former. And this promised peace is not something which will be established by man’s efforts, but Yahweh’s Spirit (Zech 2:6). It will be his Gift to Man: “will I give peace”.

The Lord Jesus Christ alluded to these words, when speaking to the disciples, who were to build the Spiritual house, the Ecclesia (1 Tim 3:15). “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (Jno 14:27).

And just as Yahweh exhorted Israel, “Fear ye not,” for “my spirit remaineth among you (Hag 2:5), so the Master exhorted his disciples, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jno 14:27). For after his departure, they would not be left alone. “The comforter which is the Holy Spirit” would be sent. This would be “another comforter, that he may abide with you for an aion (age)” (Jno 14:16). Moreover, the Master had just spoken of the Millennial House: “In my Father’s house are many abiding places (lit. Grk): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (Jno 14:3).

Even though the Master was to depart and the temple was to be destroyed, as spoken of by Haggai, the disciples would be given peace, and the assurance of Yahweh’s presence with them. But in our day, we do not in any sense receive the Holy Spirit. Yet, we also are assured that He is with us through the ministrations of a host of Angels. They are all “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb 1:14).

We, then, are heirs of the promise of peace. But “not as the world giveth,” that is, simply a cessation of violence. Nay, we are the heirs of true peace – peace between God and Man. Yet in order to have a part in this peace, we must not be discouraged in the way. We must rather build up ourselves in our most holy faith (Jude 20), labouring to rebuild and strengthen the house of God where it is decaying. We must keep ourselves in the love of God, “looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 21).

Christopher Maddocks