Let’s define the word “peace” before we look at any scriptures.  In Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words he says PEACE describes:  “HARMONIOUS relationships between men, between nations, and between God and man.” Some have defined peace as “the absence of conflict” and that surely is the case when one has peaceful relationships with God and man. But there is also an “inner PEACE” that one can experience. Mr. Vine describes this as having “rest and contentment” and I would add the thought of being “free of fear and anxiety.” I would like to look at some passages of Scripture which show us how we can have 1) Peace with God; 2) Peace with our fellow-men; and 3) Peace in our hearts. But first I want to answer your question directly by quoting a passage in Scripture that describes heaven and I trust you will see that everyone in heaven will indeed have the three things just mentioned.

In Revelation 1:1-4 we read, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away….Then I, John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (NKJV). This scene takes us into ETERNITY; the ages of time have run their course and the great “Day of God” (the “eternal state”) has come. Peter describes this in 2nd Peter 3:12-13 and he says that we “look for new heavens and a new earth IN WHICH RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS.” Heaven will be characterized by a “fixed state of righteousness (holiness).” There will be NO SIN there and thus all of the effects of sin will be erased (death, sorrow, crying, pain) and God and men will dwell together in a “perfect state of harmony.” This means that every relationship will be a “peaceful relationship.” So, yes, heaven will be in a “peaceful state” of bliss throughout the endless ages of eternity! Praise God that we can look forward to this blessed “Day of God!”

Now let’s consider how we can have PEACE with God, with men, and in our hearts even now. Romans 5:1 declares, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have PEACE WITH GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Because of sin, men are “at war with God.” Yet we read in verses 8 and 10, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us…For if WHEN WE WERE ENEMIES WE WERE RECONCILED TO GOD through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” These verses teach us that through the death of Christ on the cross God made it possible to be “reconciled to Him,” which means, as we saw above, brought back into a “harmonious relationship with God.” On the cross Christ “made PEACE through the blood of the cross (Colossians 1:20) by removing our sin and the sinner who believes this now has “peace with God.”

Once we are at “peace with God” we can also be at “peace with men.” In Romans 12:18 we are exhorted to “live PEACEABLY with all men.” Granted, this “may” not always be possible, but the believer in Christ has the power, on his/her end, to achieve this. How? By the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit! PEACE is one of the “fruit of the Spirit” mentioned in Galatians 5:22. As we allow the Spirit to control us (see Ephesians 5:18) He will give us the power to be a “peacemaker” (Matthew 5:9) by loving all men, even those who may persecute us (Matthew 5:44).

Last, but not least, we can have the “peace of God” residing in our hearts, even in times of trouble. The Lord Jesus promised us His peace in John 14:27, “Peace I will leaven with you, MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU, not as the world gives do I give to you. LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED, neither let it be afraid.” If we find ourselves anxious and fearful, we need only go to God in prayer and He will fill us with this peace. We read of this in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We can surely praise God for providing these forms of PEACE for us as we make our way toward our heavenly home. But we won’t experience PERFECT PEACE with men and from all our trials until we arrive in heaven, for only there will “sin be removed from God’s universe” and “righteousness will dwell” forever. Then, and only then, will God dwell with men and men with God in “perfect harmony” and all the horrible effects of sin will be wiped away, resulting in perfect, uninterrupted PEACE!  (421.1)  (DO)