For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
I. He is "our Peace," in that He MAKES peace. Peace between God and man — "reconciling both (Jew and Gentile) unto God — by the Cross, having slain the enmity thereby" (verse 16).
II. He is "our Peace," in that He GIVES peace. "My peace I give unto you — let not your heart be troubled" (John 14:27). Or, as it is put here, "came and preached peace to you who were afar off" (verse 17).
III. He is "our Peace," in that He PROMOTES peace. "Who hath made both (Jews and Gentiles) one" (verse 14). This is ever the practical outcome of the rule of "The Prince of Peace." He promotes peace.
1. In the family, subduing the elements of strife and discord.
2. In the neighbourhood, as every successful missionary at home and abroad can testify.
3. In the Church.
4. Among nations.Note: These senses in which Christ is "our Peace" are progressive. He has made peace for us, for all men, by His atoning work. He may be our peace, speaking peace within, quieting the tumult of doubt and fear (Matthew 11:28-30). And, if we are His, He will promote peace through, and by means of us in every circle in which we move and in every place in which we have influence.
Parallel VersesKJV: For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;