Tuesday, July 4, 2017

it is well...

artwork by Amy Scott

When I saw Amy Scott’s
delightful work of art on the 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 by MercyMe, Even If ... I know You're able and I know You can, Save through the fire with Your mighty hand , But even if You don't , My hope is You alone, I know the sorrow, I know the hurt, Would all go away if You'd just say the word, But even if You don't, My hope is You alone...It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul.

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.



Heavenly Father, I need Your peace today. I ask you to help me to do these things: to lean on you, to meditate on your character and attributes, and to trust you with all my heart. Thank You for Your promise that Your perfect peace will guard my heart and mind. In Christ, I am relaxed and at peace in the midst of the confusions, bewilderments, and perplexities of this life, because I trust in You...it is well, it is well, with my soul...In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.


Look Up—meditate on Ephesians 1:1-2  pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.


Look In—as you meditate on  Ephesians 1:1-2  pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."



Look Out—as you meditate on  Ephesians 1:1-2  pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.



* If you liked this post you’ll love this book – Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ 




12 comments:

  1. Very pretty art work! Teresa from http://nanahood.com/paradise-point-revisited

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    1. Amy Scott is a very talented artist! I appreciate so much her giving me permission to use her artwork on by blog post. Many blessings to you!

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  2. I appreciate the different translations you shared. I've been using the Voice more and more lately, perhaps because of its newness which adds a freshness to the text. I like in verse two how Paul prays for grace and peace to "surround" us. We are so blessed. Stopping by from #Coffeeforyourheart

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Debby. I love the Voice "surround" us...yes! Many blessings to you ❤️

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  3. Oh I needed this today. I love that song, and love the verses you selected and all the words of peace. Thank you.

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    1. Cindi, I so appreciate your kind words. It is a blessing for me to share with others what our Lord Jesus Christ has used to encourage me. Many blessings to you!

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  4. Beth, Thank you so much for this. I love word studies and will come back later to really read this slowly so I can absorb it. It is bookmarked!!! I truly appreciate all the time you took to put this together for us!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Leslie! I appreciate your kind comments. Many blessings to you1

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  5. Beth, Thank you so much for this. I love word studies and will come back later to really read this slowly so I can absorb it. It is bookmarked!!! I truly appreciate all the time you took to put this together for us!

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    1. Leslie, it is a joy and a privilege to share with other what our Lord Jesus Christ has used to encourage me. Many blessings to you!

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  6. I love how you tied the word: Eirene and developed its true meaing. 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.. True worship is Eirene. Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this week.

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    1. Thank you, Mary, I so agree with you. The more we dig into God's Word, the more we see the depth and meaning of every inspired word of God. Many blessings to you!

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