Peace with God
Peace with God
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Justification is being declared innocent. More than that, it is being counted righteous. We obtain this standing by believing in Jesus Christ, who was put to death for our transgression and raised from the dead to make us right with God.
Since we have been justified by such an eternal, complete work, we have peace wih God. We, who spit in His face, rejected Him, and jammed a twisted crown of thorns on His brow have been reconciled to Him. There is no more strife between us. We have peace with God.
- Colossians 1:19-22; “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.”
Don’t ever let the magnitude of this truth escape you. Don’t pass by it lightly. We have peace with God.
Understand that peace with Him does not simply mean He tolerates us. It does not mean He puts up with us reluctantly. It does not merely mean that He is not against us, it means that He is for us. He favors us. He rejoices over us. He loves us.
- Romans 8:28-39; “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”