UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF “PEACE” Part 2

Part 2: PEACE WITH GOD


The natural man lacks peace with God. We all come into the world fighting against God, because we are a part of the rebellion that started with Adam and Eve. Romans 5:10 says that we were enemies of God. We fought against God, and everything we did militated against His principles.

We cannot experience the peace of God until we have peace with God. In the previous blog entitled peace of God, we looked at the Webster, Greek and Hebrew definition of peace.

As you continue to read this blog, may this be your portion as you meditate on it. I decree shalom shalom to you in Jesus name.

Enemies of God

Before salvation, we were enemies of God and our peace with Him was broken.

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].”( Romans 5:10)

Good news is that when we receive Jesus Christ, we cease being enemies of God—we make a truce with Him. We are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. We come over to His side, and the hostility and separation comes to an end. Jesus Christ wrote the treaty with the blood of His cross. That treaty, that bond, that covenant of peace declares that we are now at peace with Him. That's what Paul means in Ephesians 6:15, when he calls the good news of salvation "the preparation of the gospel of peace." The gospel is that which makes a man who was at war with God to be at peace with Him. This peace is objective—that is it has nothing to do with how we feel or what we think. It is an accomplished fact.

Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God." We who trust Christ are redeemed and declared righteous by faith. Our sins are forgiven, rebellion ceases, the war is over, and we have peace with God. That is God's wonderful purpose in salvation.

Colossians 1:20-22 says that Christ "made peace through the blood of His cross.... And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach."

A sinful, vile, wicked person cannot come into the presence of a holy God. Something must make that unholy person righteous before he can be at peace with God. And that's exactly what Christ did, dying for sin, imputing His righteousness to sinners. So Paul says we are no longer enemies but are at peace because we are reconciled with our Creator.

It is as if God was on one side and we were on the other side, then Christ filled the gap taking the hand of God and the hand of man and placing them together into the same grip. We have now been brought together through the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ. Whereas God and man were once estranged, they have now been reconciled. That is the heart of the gospel message, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Illustration A man visited his doctor for an examination. The physician asked, "Now, what seems to be the trouble?" The patient answered: "Doctor, I've got troubles everywhere I look. When I turn on the right, I see trouble, when I turn on the left, I see trouble, he went on to say this.. I've got troubles in my business; troubles with my neighbors; troubles at home; troubles with my gardener; troubles with my driver; troubles with my parents; I mean I have troubles everywhere - and I'm just plain and simply run down!" When the examination was finished, the physician said to the patient, "You're not run-down. Just the opposite - you're wound up!" The man responded, "Well, Doc, give me something to slow me down then." "What do you want?" asked the doctor. "Give me a tranquilizer or something." "Very well," responded the doctor as he sat down and began writing a prescription. The man took the prescription and stuck it in his pocket without looking at it. He rushed off to the neighborhood drugstore to get the prescription filled. The pharmacist looked at the prescription and said to the man, "I'm sorry, but I can't fill the prescription!" "What do you mean, you can't fill the prescription!" retorted the man. "This is a drugstore, isn't it? You are a pharmacist, aren't you? That's a doctor's prescription, so why can't you fill it?" The pharmacist answered, "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't stock this in our store. If you want this prescription filled, go home and get your Bible." The man looked at the prescription for the first time and read: "Take three doses of Romans 5:1 every day." He went home and started looking for his Bible which he had misplaced. Finally he found it in his store. It was full of dust. He quickly looked up the verse and It read: "Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Immediately, the man called the doctor and asked, "What do you mean by this prescription?" The physician answered. "Your trouble is spiritual, not physical. What you need is peace. I can't give it to you; the pharmacist can't give it to you; your friends can’t give it to you; only God can give you peace. You need to make peace with God so that you can have the peace of God”. The following Sunday he went to church and the rest became history. He returned home leaping and praising God. The fact remains that before you can experience personal peace you must first receive the Prince of Peace in your life by confessing your sins. Before you can experience the peace of God, you must first make peace with God. You will not experience true or lasting peace until Jesus Christ is in charge of your life. It is important to remember that peace is not a trouble-free life; it's a sense of calm in the midst of life's storms.

Confession of Sin

“If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive u sour sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

John, the beloved disciple, warns us against an attitude of innocence before a holy God. To say that we have nothing to confess to God is to call Him a liar, and to practice self-deception before our Maker. David says: "Behold I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Psalm 51:5)

Isaiah adds to his own unworthiness before a holy God when he says: "All of our righteousnesses (that is, our best efforts) are as filthy rags." (Isaiah 64:6) Most of us misread that passage and think that God means “all of our unrighteousness’s.” But it really implies that all of our best efforts at living right are as filthy rags. Even if we could keep all the laws and stumble in only one small point we would be guilty of all.

Woe Is Me!

Isaiah, a man filled with the Spirit of God, a prophet of God, a man above reproach is a good example of this truth. In Isaiah 6 he first sees the Lord in all his beauty, high and lifted up and glorified. The sight was so awesome that the just and righteous Isaiah fell on His face before God with an acute awareness of his own sinful nature. He was not exaggerating. He was not bemoaning the sinfulness of other people. He saw himself in the light of God’s holiness and cried "Woe is me I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips." (Isaiah 6:1-5)

We are to approach the throne of God humbly, contritely and with a sincere perspective on our own nature (2 Chronicles 7:14). We need a vision of ourselves, our true fallen nature, our minds which are unclean of which God knows every passing thought (Psalm 139:1-5).

Bankruptcy

Until we recognize our own state of bankruptcy before a holy God we cannot truly lean upon His Righteousness, without which no man will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We would instead come into His presence as the Pharisee, proud, bragging of his kept laws, righteous deeds, and his right to gain the Father's favor. We need to see ourselves as destitute, totally depraved, without the righteousness of Christ. We have nothing of which to boast.

A.W. Tozer says: "We need to admit...the shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, the worldliness of our lives, our fleshly fallen nature that lives on, yet unjudged within us, uncrucified and unrepudiated, and the hyphenated sins of the human spirit, self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love, self-indulgence, and a host of other self-sins. They are not something we do, they are something we are..."

How can you do this? Simply and sincerely with an open heart admit to God that you are a sinner and your sins have separated you from Him. Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and accept God's gift of forgiveness from sin. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.


WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer. Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer. Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there

We look forward to sharing part 3 with you next, the peace FROM God!


God Bless you and Shalom Shalom!!



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