Matthew 5:9 - What Is A Peacemaker.

Mat.5:9: What Is A Peacemaker.

Mat 5:9 (KJV)  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be 
called the children of God.   


Christ is "the Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6), and it is His 
mission to restore to earth and heaven the peace that sin has broken. 
"Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord 
Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1. Whoever consents to renounce sin and open 
his heart to the love of Christ, becomes a partaker of this heavenly 
peace.  There is no other ground of peace than this. The grace of 
Christ received into the heart, subdues enmity; it allays strife and 
fills the soul with love. He who is at peace with God and his fellow 
men cannot be made miserable. Envy will not be in his heart; evil 
surmisings will find no room there; hatred cannot exist. The heart that is 
in harmony with God is a partaker of the peace of heaven and will 
diffuse its blessed influence on all around. The spirit of peace will 
rest like dew upon hearts weary and troubled with worldly strife.  
Christ's followers are sent to the world with the message of peace. 
Whoever, by the quiet, unconscious influence of a holy life, shall reveal 
the love of Christ; whoever, by word or deed, shall lead another to 
renounce sin and yield his heart to God, is a peacemaker. MB27,8 


CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Mat 5:9 (KJV)  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be 
called the children of God.   

Mat 5:9 (NLT)  God blesses those who work for peace, for they 
will be called the children of God.   


Each beatitude tells how to be blessed. "Blessed" means more 
than happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those 
who are in God's kingdom. The Beatitudes don't promise laughter, 
pleasure, or earthly prosperity. To Jesus, "blessed" means the experience 
of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope 
and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what 
the cost. [Life Application SB] 

Blessed: The Greek word was used in Greek literature, in the 
Septuagint, and in the New Testament to describe the kind of happiness that 
comes from receiving divine favor. [Nelson SB] 

The beatitudes in effect say, "O the bliss of being a Christian! 
O the joy of following Christ! O the sheer happiness of knowing 
Jesus Christ as Master, Saviour and Lord!" . . . In Christianity there 
is a godlike joy.  
The Greek for blesses describes that joy which has its secret 
within itself, that joy which is serene and untouchable, and 
self-contained, that joy which is completely independent of all the chances and 
the changes of life. The English word happiness gives its own case 
away. It contains the root hap which means chance. Human happiness is 
something which is dependent on the chances and the changes of life, 
something which life may give and which life may also destroy. The 
Christian blessedness is completely untouchable and unassailable. "No 
one," said Jesus, "will take your joy from you" (Jn 16:22). The 
beatitudes speak of that joy which seeks us through our pain, that joy 
which sorrow and loss, and pain and grief, are powerless to touch, 
that joy which shines through tears, and which nothing in life or 
death can take away.  
The world can win its joys, and the world can equally well lose 
its joys. A change in fortune, a collapse in health, the failure of 
a plan, the disappointment of an ambition, even a change in the 
weather, can take away the fickle joy the world can give. But the 
Christian has the serene and untouchable joy which comes from walking for 
ever in the company and in the presence of Jesus Christ. [Barclay] 


Peacemakers. The Hebrew equivalent of the Greek eirene, is 
shalom, meaning "completeness," "soundness," "prosperity," "condition of 
well-being," "peace." [SDA Commentary] 

Peacemakers Those who actively work to bring about peace and 
reconciliation where there is hatred and enmity. [Holman's Bible Dictionary] 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

Jesus announced blessings for citizens of His kingdom (5:1-12). 
He expects citizens of His kingdom to do good deeds (vv. 13-16), 
for He requires a righteousness that surpasses that of even the 
zealous Pharisees (vv. 17-20). Christ looked behind the acts the Law 
regulated to call for purity of heart (vv. 21-42) and that crowning 
expression of kingdom righteousness: a love like the Heavenly Father's for 
one's enemies (vv. 43-48). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 


Jesus Teaches the People
The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes
The Beatitudes

5:3-12 There are nine blessings listed in vs. 3-11. But vs. 10, 
11, refer to the same aspect of Christian experience, and are 
therefore to be considered one beatitude, thus leaving eight rather than 
nine beatitudes. [SDA Commentary] 

On these precious Beatitudes, observe that though eight in 
number, there are here but seven distinct features of character. The 
eighth one-the "persecuted for righteousness' sake"-denotes merely the 
possessors of the seven preceding features, on account of which they are 
persecuted (2 Tim. 3:12). Accordingly, instead of any distinct promise to 
this class, we have merely a repetition of the first promise. This 
has been noticed by several critics, who by the sevenfold character 
thus set forth have rightly observed that a complete character is 
meant to be depicted, and by the sevenfold blessedness attached to it, 
a perfect blessedness is intended. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown 

There are at least four ways to understand the Beatitudes. (1) 
They are a code of ethics for the disciples and a standard of conduct 
for all believers. (2) They contrast kingdom values (what is 
eternal) with worldly values (what is temporary). (3) They contrast the 
superficial "faith" of the Pharisees with the real faith Christ wants. (4) 
They show how the Old Testament expectations will be fulfilled in the 
new kingdom. These beatitudes are not multiple choice--pick what you 
like and leave the rest. They must be taken as a whole. They describe 
what we should be like as Christ's followers. [Life Application SB] 

The Beatitudes are comprised of three elements: a pronouncement 
of blessing, a quality of life, and a reason why the recipient 
should be considered blessed. The first element is found in the word 
Blessed (see Ps. 1:1), which introduces each beatitude. The second 
element does not describe different groups of people, but a composite 
picture of the kind of person who will inherit Christ's kingdom. The 
third element looks ahead to some aspect of the coming kingdom. 
[Nelson SB] 

Our Saviour here gives eight characters of blessed people, which 
represent to us the principal graces of a Christian [Matthew Henry 

The Beatitudes are not primarily promises to the individual but 
a description of him. They do not show a man how to be saved, but 
describe the characteristics manifested by one who is born again. 
[Wycliffe Bible Commentary] 

The Beatitudes describe what we should be like as Christ's 
followers. [Life Application SB] 

The Beatitudes: These qualities Jesus mentioned are internal. 
These come only when one is properly related to God through faith, 
when one places his complete trust in God. [Bible Knowledge 

The Beatitudes describe the inner qualities of a follower of 
Christ. [Ryrie SB] 

The Beatitudes describe the character traits of those accepted 
as citizens of the kingdom of God and set forth both the present 
and future blessings of those whose lives portray these virtues. 
[Believer's SB] 

The Beatitudes refer to both present and future blessings of the 
kingdom. [Disciple SB] 

5:1-12 Eight Characteristics Of Kingdom Dwellers
The Beatitudes (5:1-12) revealed eight characteristics that 
should be true of the righteous remnant in the promised kingdom. The 
truths implied in these characteristics all reflect pervasive themes in 
the Old Testament. They revealed to the listeners what the lives of 
people in the process of repentance should be like and caused them to 
reflect upon their own character in relation to the character of God. 
The Beatitudes were built upon an if/then logic and hidden in each 
Beatitude was an if/then relationship. For example, the first Beatitude 
says in essence, "If you are poor in spirit, then you will receive 
the kingdom of God" (5:3). The Beatitudes both describe and demand. 
They demand good character as they describe the "blessed" results of 
following the demands of kingdom living. 
The attitudes of "poor in spirit," "mourning," and "meekness" 
all draw upon Old Testament themes and underscore the need for human 
responsibility and the work of divine grace. The basic element