PEACE WITH GOD (PART I)

Scripture Reading:  Romans 5:1-5

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Romans 5:1)

The primary purpose of the gospel is not to give us blessings; its primary purpose is to reconcile us to God.  When we are reconciled with God, we are in a position to ask for God’s blessings.  Let me put it this way — we can have no blessings from God until we first have access into His presence.

We must remember that in their natural state, human beings are hostile toward God and separated from Him.  This was Paul’s main point in the first three chapters of his epistle to the Romans — “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks God.  All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).  Because of mankind’s sinful condition, all human beings do not have peace with God.  They are hostile to Him and separated from Him.

Man’s greatest need is to be reconciled to God, to be made right with God.  When we are right with God, we are given access to His presence.  We will experience His blessings and we will enjoy intimate fellowship with Him.

Before we get any further, let me distinguish between “the peace of God” (Philippians 4:7) and “peace with God” (Romans 5:1).  The “peace of God” refers to the deep inward peace God gives us especially during times of trials, suffering and trouble.  This peace is more subjective and pastoral.  However, we cannot have “the peace of God” until we have “peace with God.”

“Peace with God” speaks of our standing with God.  Because we have been justified — our sins forgiven and the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, God can look with favor upon us.  The hostility has been removed.  We are no longer separated because we have peace with God.

Jesus Christ is called “the Prince of Peace.”  He made this promise to  us — “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27).  The Prince of Peace came to make peace with God for us, which then enable us to experience the peace of God.

Jesus, Prince of Peace, thank You for the work You did on my behalf to make peace with God possible.  Now I know that I am no longer at enmity with God because I have been justified by faith.  I am now at peace with God and have full access to His love and power.

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