Beatitude #7-“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (from Matthew 5:9)
What is a peacemaker and why is it that they are blessed and happy? And why are they, in particular, called sons of God, and by whom are they called this? This for me is the most cryptic and difficult to understand of the Beatitudes of Christ when taken at face value. Perhaps lending to this difficulty is the fact that this is the only time in all of Scripture that this word “peacemaker” is used. It is the Greek word, “eirenopoios” from the Greek “eirene” meaning peace, plus “poieo”; to make, accomplish, perform, bring forth, acts, does, etc.
So in spite of the fact that former President Jimmy Carter liked to think of himself as a peacemaker because of his efforts at multi-national diplomacy (most of which were unilateral in nature and ultimately failed), this is not what Jesus was referring to, a mediator, counselor, diplomat, or if you will, a referee of sorts who is there to help “everyone just get along”. This interpretation is confusing man’s kingdom with God’s kingdom! Rather, I believe Jesus is speaking of all believers who have His peace within their hearts and manifest it outwardly, especially in times and situations where, humanly speaking, peace seems to be an impossibility. These believers thus show themselves to be His; “for they shall be called (recognized, named, identified as) sons of God.” “For He Himself is our peace…breaking down the barrier…the enmity…making one new man…establishing peace.” (Ephesians 2:14,15)
And He has given us this ministry of reconciliation, urging others as His ambassadors to be reconciled to God, thus establishing peace with God through Jesus by the making of the “new creation.” (II Corinthians 5:17-20) It is the sons and daughters of God who are carriers of this peace (Jesus) through the Spirit of Peace, who by their new life lived and truth shared help bring others to peace with God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 5:1) These are the true peacemakers!