The World that Wants Peace
A Sermon on Acts 4:31-35
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
They Had Everything in Common
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (ESV)
All the turmoil and strife in the world has its root in man’s sinful rebellion against God the creator. When men reject God as ruler and rebel, they lose any hope of true peace and happiness. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, all hope is lost because the world rejects the Creator who is the source of all blessings. When men reject God as ruler, they set themselves up as their own rulers. This leads to anger, bitterness, jealousy, strife, and hatred between men. Because sin is the root of all the troubles of men, all plans to bring peace and harmony to the world that reject God and his view of the world are doomed to fail. This is the current state of the world. There is suffering and pain on massive scales across the globe, and there is the enlightened states man that seeks to fix it. But Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that it is the fallen nature of man that produces these ills. And it is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brings renewal and true change. It is only by the transformation of hearts and minds that the world will come to know peace and experience joy. This is the great promise of the Gospel, the renewal and transformation of the whole world under the reign of Christ.