Anyone who has studied world history knows there has never been a time of universal peace. There have always been wars and conflicts since time immemorial. When God created man in His image it certainly wasn’t His will that the crowning touch of His creation would fight one another, for God is love.
The very first conflict we see in scripture was between Adam and Eve. They had experienced perfect peace and communion with God before the Serpent beguiled Eve.
They had enjoyed paradise from the time of their creation, and no matter the exquisite beauty of the Garden of Eden, nothing could replace communion with the One who had given it all so freely to them. But there was a condition.
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:15-17)
The Garden of Eden must have been a spectacular place with every edible tree imaginable. Only one tree was off limits. It was after God spoke to Adam not to eat of the “Tree of the knowledge of good and evil” that He formed the woman. So it was Adam who had relayed to Eve God’s commandment. You might say she was second generation. Adam spoke directly with God. Eve spoke directly with Adam. Sometimes if people don’t have a first hand experience with God, but only are taught righteousness through others, they don’t have the same convictions as the first generation.
Eve was more vulnerable to Satan’s lie and her curiosity overpowered her. Once she had fallen, immediately she wanted to share this experience with Adam. No one ever falls alone. They always want to bring others into their delusion. One can only imagine that Adam must have had an original struggle when Eve first presented this suggestion to eat of the “forbidden fruit”. The Bible does not mention this struggle. It appears from this verse of scripture that Eve simply asked Adam to eat and like a lamb to the slaughter he followed her meekly.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (pride of life), she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:6
Upon further thought, I believe it is not beyond the realm of possibility that there may have been a pause before Adam agreed to his wife’s desires. He knew what God had told him, and he knew that to go along with Eve’s suggestion would be to defy God. Conscience is a delicate thing placed in every man and woman. There was a moment of choice when Adam had to make a decision that would impact eternity. I’m sure if he could have seen the consequences of his actions down through the ages, he would somehow have mustered the courage to tell his wife “No”. So as a result of this decision peace was ripped from the earth.
Wikipedia describes peace as “a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity.”
This is certainly an ideal government spoken of here. It is one that could never exist until the “The Prince of Peace” left the portals of glory and entered the earth realm over 2,000 years ago
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
There is a profound revelation in Luke 2:14 if one has ears to hear. When the angels celebrated his birth they said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The angels had known only unbroken peace in heaven (except when Lucifer fell with 1/3 of the angels). From that time they had witnessed the turbulence and endless wars that had consumed earth since Adam’s fall, and there must have been great relief to know that the “Prince of Peace” had come with a solution to the problem.
But as the story unfolds, we know peace did not occur during Jesus’ short 33 year life. He was in constant conflict with those who hated him but he “held his peace” Some of his words were hard to understand. The disciples always felt great peace when they were in His presence, and yet he said “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
How could he fully explain that those who would follow Him all the way to the end would be in conflict with family and loved ones? This would have to be something they would experience for themselves and then remember his words.
“For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother-in-law.” Matthew 10:35
Since our Lord’s Kingdom is not of this world, His paths of righteousness cut right through the world’s way of thinking. There is only one way to experience true peace, and it will never come through government circles or sitting at a conference table signing peace agreements that will never be kept. There is no peace unless the “Prince of Peace” is living within. Many have studied the Word of God for years and still don’t have the “Prince of Peace” on the inside. Just having knowledge of Jesus is not enough. The Lord does not fill someone with the Holy Ghost unless they have truly repented and are determined to begin a new path with Jesus as Lord and Christ. Once this has occurred there is a need to receive remission of those sins through immersion in water in the name of the Only One who can save you. Titles have no power. So whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. We must call on the name of Jesus and allow Him to fill this earthly temple (our body) with His Spirit.
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 2:17
“And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7