Eirene wears black socks and sports a whistle?
July 6, 2006 Leave a comment
“Let the peace of Christ act as arbiter, to which indeed you were called in one body; and show yourselves thankful. – Colossians 3:15
Arbiter (noun) – a person empowered to decide matters at issue; a judge
This word is a seldom used word in the English language so the average American probably doesn’t know what it means. I can assure you that the average Mexican knows what its Spanish counterpart, arbitro, means. An arbitro is the guy with the long black socks who likes to pull out yellow and red cards and who is popular with at least half the stadium. He’s the ref, the guy who judges who really got fouled and who is faking a career-ending injury (based on Germany 2006, they’re right about half of the time).
The Apostle Paul tells us to let the ‘peace of Christ act as arbiter.’ Let the peace of Christ as a judge, a referee. Whatever this means. Paul’s writings aren’t always crystal clear as someone once pointed out.
This word translated as peace is the Greek word, eirene, and in the Christian sense means: “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its eartly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.”
This defintion sheds more light on the Colossians verse. An arbitro calls the shots during a soccer match because he is allowed by FIFA to do so. When and if the follower of Christ allows the peace (eirene) of Christ to act as arbitro, he will discover that there really is nothing to fear, nothing to put on airs about, and everything to be thankful to God for.