17 For the kingdom of God is not in food and drink; but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.1 [In his sermon early Quaker Stephen Crisp, who dwelled in the kingdom, testified that in one day under the government of Christ, (in the kingdom), one has more joy, pleasure, and delight than a thousand days outside it.]
7 And the peace of God, which is superior to all your mind's thoughts, will keep your hearts and minds [quiet and worry free] through Christ Jesus. [Peace comes as the carnal mind is destroyed to be replaced with a new mind, the mind of Christ. From the Word of the Lord within: "We seek a lasting peace. Grace destroys sin. There is a blessing to make the cessation of the mind permanent. Live in peace forever."]
17 And the fruit (effect) of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness is quietness and confident trust (unquestionable assurance) forever. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Keep seeking peace; great will be your peace if you continue faithfully. There is a blessing to make the cessation of the mind permanent. Live in peace forever. You must go on waiting, watching, and listening; then our hearts will be quiet by grace. You will receive a new heart and mind. Grow up into the mind of Christ, from which all good thoughts proceed."]
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you are called in one body; and be thankful. [From the Word of the Lord within: "If all that profess me, would possess me. The King is where He is king." Unless Jesus orders all your thoughts, words, and deeds, He is not yet your Lord, Master, or King. You can call Him Lord or Master, but so did Judas and so did Hitler. To be your ruling Lord and King, Jesus must first appear in your heart to then guide and rule you; and His appearance only occurs after you have crucified your lusts, affections, imagination, and carnal mind on the inward cross of self-denial.]
|Luke 19:38 |
38 Saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"