“My Peace I Give unto You”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 55–56


Theme

The peace of which the Savior spoke, that peace that the world knows not, comes to the true disciple through the instrumentality of the Comforter-the Holy Ghost.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Jesus promised the Holy Ghost as a comforter to take his place.

  • B.

    The Holy Ghost is a source of peace.

    1. 1.

      He is a witness of the Savior and of one’s salvation, that is, forgiveness of sins and a place in the celestial kingdom.

    2. 2.

      He is a purifier and refiner.

  • C.

    Reception of the Holy Ghost is granted on condition of worthiness.

    1. 1.

      The Spirit can bear witness to honest seekers before baptism.

    2. 2.

      The gift of the Holy Ghost is given through laying on of hands and continued worthiness.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Luke 22:39; John 14:1-31; 15:1-27; 16:1-33

Course Manual

Chapter 24, “My Peace I Give unto You”

Standard Works

Acts 28:25-27. Why did so few of the Jews respond to the Spirit and accept the gospel?

Alma 18:34, 35. By what power did Ammon gain his knowledge to teach the Lamanites?

1 Corinthians 2:9-16. Who has the mind of Christ?

2 Peter 1:16-21. What is the testimony of Jesus by the Holy Ghost more sure than?

3 Nephi 9:20. What is the price of the gift of the Holy Ghost?

D&C 8:2, 3. What effect does the Spirit have on one who received revelation?

D&C 130:22, 23. Why is the Holy Ghost a spirit?

D&C 121:45, 46. How may we obtain the Holy Ghost as a constant companion?

2 Nephi 28:30, 31; D&C 42:61. How does the Lord unfold his mind and counsel to us?

D&C 131:5. How may a person know that the holy priesthood has sealed him up?

Basic Library

Teachings, pp. 149-50. What are the physical evidences of the Holy Ghost’s presence in a person?

Teachings, pp. 242-48. What are the effects and operations of the Spirit?

Teachings, p. 328. Can the Spirit operate in any way without revelation occurring?

Teachings, p. 199. What is the difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Discourses, p. 19. By what power is the Father omnipresent?

Discourses, pp. 30-33. How are the members of the Godhead one, and what role does the Holy Ghost play in that body?

Discourses, pp. 160-61. A discussion of many things the Saints have through the Holy Ghost.

Gos. Doc, p. 67. What is the difference between the Spirit of the Lord and the Holy Ghost?

Gos. Doc, pp. 59-60. How are priesthood functions dependent on the Spirit?

Jesus the Christ, pp. 603-9. How does the Comforter comfort, and what is different about the peace of Christ?

Additional Sources

Marion G. Romney in CR, Apr. 1967, pp. 79-82. What is the source of peace?

David O. McKay in CR, Oct. 1967, pp. 5-11. The Spirit and unity.

Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:754. How does one who has the Spirit reprove the world?

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Explaining the Comforters

The chalkboard could be used to discuss the ways and means by which the Lord will comfort the righteous. Why is the Holy Ghost spoken of as another Comforter? (Answer: Jesus had been with his disciples during his mortal ministry to instruct and guide them. He promised not to leave them comfortless. The Holy Ghost, or Spirit of truth, was now to be their Comforter. Following his visits to the apostles and disciples during a forty-day period, Jesus would fulfill his promise. See John 14:16-18.)

The teacher may wish to draw a series of steps (or other indications of ascension) and label them in a manner that shows a progression. Then he might explain the reasons for and conditions of two Comforters. (See Teachings, pp. 149-50.) The following diagram partially illustrates what might be done:

  • Man at the level of the second Comforter

  • Man at the level of the first Comforter

  • Man on the level of the carnal world

Discussion Questions

The following questions are indicative of how a discussion might be initiated by questions. It might be wise to write each question on the chalkboard as it is introduced.

How was Jesus’ peace different from that of the world? (See John 14:27; also see Jesus the Christ, pp. 603-9 for the full answer to this. What would be the reason or reasons for asking this question? What response or objective would the teacher seek before leaving the discussion?)

What was the source of the peace Jesus promised? (The objective might be to have the class agree that the source of this peace is the Holy Ghost.)

On what conditions does the Holy Ghost cause one to feel peace?

Can one feel this peace if he has not obeyed the first principles of the gospel?

Others.

Synonyms and Antonyms

A chalkboard list of words that are synonymous or closely associated with peace may be written in response to suggestions from the class. For example: at peace, comforted, consoled, justified, vindicated, “faith-filled.”

Then another list may be made to show opposite feelings. Words such as fear, anguish, worry, and the like, might be written.

What should be the lesson intended from using this teaching device? Does it have anything to do with how the gospel helps us put our lives together here in the midst of trouble, problems, and grief?