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How shall we sum up? What phrase or word can we use to describe that which God has made available to us on the basis of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the cross? If I were to pick one word, the word that I would pick in English would be peace.
But peace does not fully represent what I’m trying to communicate. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom—the famous Hebrew greeting today: “Shalom.” But shalom means much more in Hebrew than the word peace means in English—not just an absence of war, conflict, strife.
Shalom means completeness, fulfillment, perfection. The root thought is “to complete” or “to perfect” or “to make full.” What is offered to us is completeness, wholeness, harmony—much more than just peace. It’s not just spiritual. It’s not just inward. It’s total wholeness—spirit, soul, and body.