September 18, 2019 - All people seek peace whether it be at their work, or in their family life, or in the relationship of their country to others around them.
All seek peace at some point in their lives. I want to tell you about the greatest peace of all, the peace that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
For all who have accepted his free offer of salvation, deliverance from the penalties of sin, for which the penalty is death of one’s life spirit.
“For the wages on sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“Therefore, since we have been justified (set aside) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into his grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)
When one accepts Jesus as Lord he is set aside for God. Made free of guilt for his past sins and made holy and acceptable for entrance into the kingdom of God. It is by this faith in Jesus Christ as the Sovereign Lord, belief in his death on the cross for the sin of all mankind, and belief that the Father raised him from the dead on the third day after his death.
Belief that he is now in heaven at the right hand of God watching over all who believe in him and making intercession for all believers with the Father when we stumble or fall.
“And he who searches hearts knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27)
But we rejoice not only in the blessed hope of our impending acceptance into the kingdom of God but we also rejoice, even in our tribulations here in earth.
“Not only that but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person - though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die - but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
Yes, Jesus died for the lost, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:9)
The saved have been justified (set aside) by the blood of Jesus for the pleasure of the Father. Our lot as the saved is to represent the Lord here on earth, to reflect the goodness of the Lord Jesus with our lives lived for him, drawing others to him by our words and deeds.
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10)
It is by the life Christ lives now with the Father and through his intervention through the Holy Spirit that the saved are kept for God’s own good pleasure, to do his works of the fruit of the Spirit of Life here on earth. See (Matthew 5:16) to understand the good works of God, the light that shines into all the darkness of this world and glorifies the Father.
“More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:11)
All praise and glory be to the Lord Jesus Christ for his love of all people and his death and resurrection for all people.