God's Word on War and Peace

1. Our God is the God of peace.

A. One of the names God has given to Himself is "the God of peace." Romans 15:33; Romans 16:20; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20

B. God's original creation was a plan of peace. Genesis 2:8-17

C. Christ came to earth to bring peace. Luke 1:78-79; Luke 2:13-14; Luke 19:38-42

D. The gospel is a message of peace. John 14:27; John 16:33; Romans 5:1; Philippians 4:7

E. God commands us to pursue peace. Romans 12:17-21; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Timothy 2:22

2. In a sin-cursed world, war is inevitable. Matthew 5:38-41

A. Governments are required by God to protect people from evil. Romans 13:1-7

B. God instituted capital punishment early in the Bible. Genesis 9:6; Numbers 35:33

C. God commanded His people to wage war. 1 Samuel 15:3

D. God judged His own people by allowing other nations to wage war against them. Habakkuk 1-3; Jeremiah 51:20-24

E. God condemns unjust wars. Psalm 68:30; Habakkuk 2:12

F. The Bible does not condemn soldiers for their profession. Luke 3:14; Acts 10:2; Luke 14:31; Luke 22:36; Matthew 26:52; John 18:36

G. Soldiers are a common metaphor in the Bible to describe the Christian life. Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:3

3. How should we respond to war?

A. We should remember.

B. We should pray.

C. We should make the most of this opportunity to share the gospel with other people.

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