To: The Global EKKlesia – One New Man (Ephesians 2: 15, 16)

In the Middle East, Shalom is used by several cultures, each adapting its own diversity of meaning, phraseology and application.
The Jewish expression of Shalom is extended to someone you would meet and the person greeted would respond with Shalom, Shalom.  It is a greeting of peace to the person you meet and a reply of peace multiplied back to the one extending the greeting.
In its definition, peace encompasses many expressions which are uplifting, blessings and things of favor, desiring that life and circumstances be kind and pleasant to you in many ways.  Some meanings are: Total well being (1); Peace, wholeness, rest, safety, healing, success (2); Completeness or prosperity (3); nothing broken, nothing missing (4).

We find the greeting and the use of “Peace” by God and it is embedded in the Life and culture of the people of Israel.  The Lord Jesus Christ says to his Jewish disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14: 27 KJV).

Also, the salutation portion of the Pauline Epistles greet the church with “Grace and Peace” and on occasion “Mercy” is added.  The Apostle Peter follows suit by adding the words “Multiplied” and “Love”.  From this we can clearly see that it is God’s will for his people to live in his Grace with multiplied peace.

In Ephesians 2: 15, 16 the Apostle Paul, by the Holy Spirit, illustrates how Christ, who is our Peace, our Shalom, has united both Jew and Gentile and made in himself one new man who is to be a living “Shalom” to the world.  Not only is the wall of separation between the two removed but in the greater context, the blood of the Lamb of God has restored that peace which was lost in the Garden of Eden and it is extended to all of humanity.  A click on “Accept” with the cursor of a repentant heart is all that is required to “activate” His Shalom across all platforms of the operating systems of life, for time and eternity.

The Global EKKlesia is to embody the concept of this one new man in a twenty-first century context with universal relevancy and impact.
Shalom is the thread woven into the cultural fabric of the EKKlesia, Inc. and the Global EKKlesia via spoken, written and multimedia formats.  Both Shalom and the Latin phrase coram Deo, meaning before the face of God, will highlight the vibrant and personal relationship lived with God and with each other.

The audio message found on the EKKlesia, Inc. website CEO snapshot page conveys my expression of peace to the Global EKKlesia.  It ends with these words:  Shalom. Peace, wholeness and wellness to a friend, from a friend.

Shalom,
Coram Deo
Edward Donalson, Jr.
CEO The EKKlesia, Inc.

End Notes:

  1. Hal Lindsay Television Broadcast April 27, 2014
  2. Johnathan Bernis Appearance on “It’s Supernatural” June 2, 2013
  3. Johnathan Bernis Jewish Voice Today Letter April 23, 2014
  4. Daystar Television Network Israel Night 2013