June 4, 2019 by directorfsm
This verse came up (among others) in one of my devotionals this morning and it’s another of those I often hear taken out of context, or better stated without the whole context implied.
As shown above, verse 7,has been reworked into a prayer or benediction of sorts but in context it is a statement of fact:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV)
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (CSB)
And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. (AMP)
The key to understanding this verse lies in the first word. It starts off with “And” which is a conjunction a word used to connect phrases, sentences and thoughts. Verse 7 SHOULD NOT be read and used as a stand alone verse, it must be connected to what preceded it. So when we read; And the peace of God, we must ask the question what led us to the peace of God. After all everyone wants that for there life, at least I can’t imagine anyone not wanting God’s Peace for theirs.
Remember Paul here is speaking to believers those who have an understanding of the Good News, the Gospel message. Times have been difficult (Chapter 3) but in all that he tells them:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness[b] be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:4-6 (CSB)
We are to rejoice and most importantly in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. That is how we get the “peace of God… which…stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. We go humbly and often to Him ourselves in prayer. I am not discarding the prayers and petitions of others just emphasizing that we should not neglect praying (1 Thess 5:17-19) for our own needs, thanking God for His blessings and petitioning Him for mercy and providence.