In our discussion, we noted that Shlm is not merely as cessation of violence and hostility, but signifies a wholeness and unity in the relationship between the God and His people. There is a completion and fulfillment within and without that transcends non-violence. And it is more than the forgiveness of sin – our justification by grace through faith in Christ. Take a look at the introduction to 2 Peter:
"Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (emphasis added)
His prayer is for grace and peace in abundance to those who have received faith through the righteousness of God and Jesus Christ! These verses, along with the article on Polemic Theology at Peacemaker.net (HT Peacegals.com) have spoken directly to my heart about my adverse attitude toward the FV/NPP controversy going on within our denom.
Shalom, according to the source quoted by our SS leader, is the fullness of life and peace with fellow humans which flows from true knowledge of the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Another interesting idea that we learned is that the word “Jerusalem” is also translated: City of Peace, possession of peace and foundation of peace. Thus, believers who hope in Jesus Christ will dwell eternally in the New Jerusalem.
Shalom anticipates the kingdom of heaven and the enjoyment of Jehovah Shalom now and in eternity.
Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!