Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1.
The Apostle Paul writes that as unbelievers, unsaved, we were enemies with God. “Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 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.” – Romans 5:9-10. Then in Romans 8:7-8, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Therefore we can surmise that we are enemies, not because God wants to be an enemy, but since we can’t obey God’s Law, or fulfill God’s will and God is absolutely and wholly just, pure and holy, we can’t begin to be “friends” with Him in that condition. The prophet Isaiah wrote in a couple of areas about that predicament that the carnal man is trapped in:
- “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” – Isaiah 48:22.
- “The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” – Isaiah 32:17.
We need to understand where we stand from God’s perspective. Condemnation means that God declares us sinners, which is a declaration of war. Justification means that God declares us righteous, which is a declaration of peace, made possible by Christ’s death on the cross.
“Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.” – Psalm 85:10. We need to fully understand that, “because the law brings about wrath” (Romans 4:15), nobody condemned by the Law can enjoy peace with God. But when you are justified by faith, you are declared righteous, and the Law cannot condemn you and God no longer declares war!
As you can see, our justification is not simply a guarantee of heaven, as thrilling and as great as that is by itself, but it is also the source of tremendous blessings that we enjoy here and now. The added blessing is that our justification is a lasting thing. When God declared us righteous in Jesus Christ, He gave to us spiritual blessings that assure us that we will always have fellowship with Him and that peace, which is only one of the great blessings, will always be ours in Christ Jesus.
This week I’ve spent some time teaching about peace. The world we live in right now is in such turmoil that if a person, especially a believer gets there eyes off Jesus Christ and loses focus, it can be overwhelming with the blatant wickedness and corruption around us. But we have a promise that no enemy, whether from the world or the spiritual darkness can ever take from 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, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27.
What better promise, what better gift to enter into this New Year with then a promise as sure and as steadfast as this one?
If you are a believer, if you have been justified, then God is no longer at war with you but is available with just the peace you need. If you’re not a believer just yet, why not get in touch with someone who will share with you the joys of just that type of peace with God; the kind of peace that only God can offer!