Sunday, June 28, 2015

supernatural peace...it is well...

artwork by Amy Scott

When I saw Amy Scott’s delightful work of art on our Artful Story Journaling Facebook page, I was drawn to its color and charm, and even more so when I read this description that Amy included with her artwork, I started this in one of my favorite spots on our university campus in Korea. I finished it in bits and pieces in various places. I'm giving a copy to a friend today who's moving to a new location and situation. Please pray for her.

As I prayed peace for Amy’s friend, I was reminded of the wonderful new hymn, It Is Well, by Bethel Music… Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You; through it all, through it all it is well…So let go my soul and trust in Him…the waves and wind still know His name. It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul. Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You, Lord. Through it all, through it all, it is well with me.

Singing that hymn led me to a word study of the word peace from Ephesians 1:1-2

Amplified: Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (the consecrated, set-apart ones) at Ephesus who are also faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus: May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

NLT: This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Phillips: Paul, messenger of Jesus Christ by God’s choice, to all faithful Christians at Ephesus (and other places where this letter is read): grace and peace be to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wuest: Paul, an ambassador of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints, the ones who are [in Ephesus], namely, believing ones in Christ Jesus. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Young’s Literal: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Peace (eirene from the verb eiro) literally pictures the binding or joining together again of that which had been separated or divided; it conveys the idea of setting at one again. Eirene is the tranquility which results in the joining together again those who were separated, such as a sinner and a holy God through the blood of Christ..

Eirene also conveys the sense of an inner rest, well-being, and harmony. The ultimate peace is the state of reconciliation with God, effected by placing one's faith in the gospel.

Eirene is a condition of freedom from disturbance, whether outwardly, as of a nation from war or enemies or inwardly, as in the current context, within the soul. Eirene implies health, well-being, and prosperity. Christ Jesus through the blood of His Cross binds together that which was separated by human sin when the sinner puts his or her faith in Christ Jesus the Lord.

Eirene is the root word for our English word "serene" (serenity) which means clear and free of storms or unpleasant change, stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility. In secular Greek, eirene referred to cessation or absence of war. Eirene is also the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew shalom, a word which speaks of spiritual prosperity.

Greek scholar Kenneth S. Wuest states, "B
y His (Messiah's) death, (Jesus) satisfied the just demands of the law which we broke, thus making it possible for a righteous and holy God to bestow mercy upon a believing sinner and do so without violating His justice. Our Lord thus bound together again the believing sinner and God (in an indissoluble, living union), thus making peace. There is therefore a state of untroubled, undisturbed wellbeing for the sinner who places his faith in the Savior. The law of God has nothing against him, and he can look up into the Father’s face unafraid and unashamed. This is justifying peace."

Theologian Charles Spurgeon said, "
I find myself frequently depressed—perhaps more so than any other person here. And I find no better cure for that depression than to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and seek to realize afresh the power of the peace-speaking blood of Jesus, and His infinite love in dying upon the cross to put away all my transgressions."

Horatio Spafford had just been ruined financially by the great Chicago Fire of October, 1871. Shortly thereafter, while crossing the Atlantic, all four of Spafford’s daughters died in a collision with another ship. Spafford’s wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone.” Several weeks later, as Spafford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daughters died, the Holy Spirit suddenly overwhelmed him with what can only be described as an inrush of  supernatural peace, the peace of God. With tears streaming down his face, he picked up a pen to record his feelings and from his heart, filled with the peace of God, flowed the timeless words that speak of that peace God provides even though our world is falling apart...
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You; through it all, through it all, it is well with me.


Previous posts from Ephesians Chapter One…

Ephesians 1:3-4


Ephesians 1:5-6

Ephesians 1:7

Ephesians 1:8

Ephesians1:9-10

Ephesians 1:13-14

Ephesians1:15-17

Ephesians 1:18-19

Ephesians 1:20-21

Ephesians 1:22-23

Weekly LinkUps…

34 comments:

  1. Beth, we are neighbors on today's #wordswithWinter link-up and it's not a coincidence. The blog post I published yesterday is about rest. :-) Thank you for sharing this awesome scripture. Blessings to you!

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    1. Stacy, thank you so much for letting me know...God is so good, all the time. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  2. Wow. I had no idea where the lyrics for It Is Well came from. That is so POWERFUL! Thank you for sharing that today.
    I also like the idea of peace being an indwelling of serenity and well-being. Who doesn't want that?

    Wishing you peace today,
    Ceil

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    1. Ceil, thank you so much for your kind comments. I so agree with you. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  3. "Through it all, my eyes are on You..." Yes, I want to turn my eyes upon Jesus no matter the circumstances. Especially in the tough places. Thank you for sharing these many translations, Beth.

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  4. "Through it all, my eyes are on You..." I want to remember to fix my eyes upon Jesus no matter what the circumstances are and especially in those very tough places.
    I love it when you give us these many different translations of the verse, Beth.

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  5. a scholarly post as always dear Beth.
    I have a book called 'Saving Anna" about Horatio Spafford and his wife....and having read it I am even more inclined to tears when I sing his famous Hymn, It is well with my soul !!

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    1. Thank you sweet Mary...you are a blessing to me and so many others ❤️

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  6. Thank you Beth for sharing with us at Good Morning Mondays. This quote especially touched me "Theologian Charles Spurgeon said, "I find myself frequently depressed—perhaps more so than any other person here. And I find no better cure for that depression than to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and seek to realize afresh the power of the peace-speaking blood of Jesus, and His infinite love in dying upon the cross to put away all my transgressions." wow what wonderful advice. Blessings Beth

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    1. Amen Terri, especially the peace-seeking blood of Jesus ❤️

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  7. I love word studies. They make me feel like I have gone down a hidden path not many have found. The definition of peace as "the binding or joining together again of that which had been separated or divided; it conveys the idea of setting at one again" gives a great layer to Scripture. Thanks so much for sharing it!
    I'm glad I found you today thru Purposeful Faith.

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    1. Angela, thank you so much ...I so agree with you...many blessings to you ❤️

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  8. Thanks for sharing this. One of my favorite old hymns, and this made me recall hearing my Dad preach a message in which he told the story behind It Is Well. Excellent work here helping us go deeper! Thanks for sharing at #RaRaLinkup today!

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    1. Angela, Thank you so much for your encouraging comments. Many blessings to you!

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  9. Such goodness, Beth! Nothing like a lovely piece of art to inspire. Thank you for these good words today!

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    1. Laura, thank you so much for stopping by with your kind words. I've found lately that as I have been inspired to write posts from the book of Ephesians, the beautiful works of art on our Artful Story--Journaling Facebook page, have been truly God-sent1

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  10. Hi Beth,

    Just dropping by from 'Coffee For Your Heart'.
    I love word studies as well.
    :)

    kaz

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    1. Thanks so much, Kaz. Many blessings to you!

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  11. Thank you so much for these beautiful words. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Summer

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  12. Oh, that has been one of my very favorite songs for about 6 months now! Love it. So grateful for the multi-layered peace that Father bestows on His children. So blessed to be counted among them.

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    1. Amen, Lisa, I so agree with every one of your comments...many blessings to you ❤️

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  13. Hello Beth,how are you today?
    "Peace that transcends human understanding". Thank God for the peace He offers us.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    God Bless

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    1. Ifeoma, I so agree with you...many blessings to you ❤️

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  14. I love that the author of this song found peace despite what had recently happened in his life. I can't imagine suffering so much loss and being able to pin those inspirational words: "It is well with my soul." What a great testimony. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mary, thank you for stopping by, many blessings to you ❤️

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  15. I love the art journaling piece you chose today. The colors are calming and peaceful. I also love the song It Is Well. Matt Redman actually has a new song out that uses parts of the traditional It Is Well along with other things he added. I love it. That song always speaks to me. Happy 4th.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, Mary! I love the specific details you include. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  16. Wonderful study!! I loved this part especially: "untroubled, undisturbed wellbeing for the sinner who places his faith in the Savior." So comforting to know we can live in a fearful world without fear in our hearts. ♥

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    1. Amen, Nannette! I so agree with you. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  17. We are kindred spirits, This song is one of my favorites! It is well as long as our eyes are on Him! Stopping by from Reflect.

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    1. Thank you, Jann! I love the new worship music too...many blessings to you ❤️

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