Do You Have Peace?
Peace with God (Romans 5:1-5)
Many people today talk about peace, yet the realization of true peace is obviously further away than ever. The problem lies in the fact that people are desperately seeking peace but, at the same time, are totally ignoring what God has said concerning the very basis of peace—how it may be obtained and what prevents it. Sin constitutes an impenetrable barrier to peace. The first sin rendered mankind alienated from his Creator through the fall—all who are outside of Christ are at enmity with God (Jn. 3:36; Eph. 2:11-12). No peace is possible for the wicked, for they “are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest” (Isa. 57:20-21). Neither can political or religious efforts obtain genuine, lasting peace among men and nations.
World peace is impossible until the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, returns to rule in righteousness and truth, literally occupying the throne of David for a thousand years (Isa. 2:4). “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish is with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
How can a person obtain eternal peace with God? By “being justified by faith … through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). What wonderfully good news this is! At this very moment we can be certain that we have peace with God. Such incomparable peace provides confidence, calmness, and joy (Rom. 5:2). It enables us to experience the fulfillment of God’s promise that the testings and trials of this life will only help us to appreciate His love all the more (Rom. 5:3-5). Those who have peace with God are able, by the indwelling Holy Spirit, to share the glorious gospel of peace with others (Rom. 10:15). Furthermore, those who have peace with God will be filled with hope for the future, no matter how impossible the present conflicts they are facing may seem to be.
The Peace of God (Philippians 4:4-7)
The peace of God is only possible for those who have first obtained peace with God. Any sinner may obtain peace with God by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
All saved sinners (true believers) can and should also be enjoying the peace of God every moment of every day. If we fail to experience the peace of God, it is our fault, not His. Colossians 3:15 invites us to “let (allow) the peace of God rule in [our] hearts.” Jesus said that He gives His peace unto His own: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jn. 14:27). But, living in days when pervasive and unprecedented fear grips the hearts of people around the world, many believers seem to have forgotten that God’s perfect peace is always available to those who ask.
How can we overcome fear and fully enjoy the peace of God? We are to “rejoice in the Lord alway” (Phil. 4:4). We cannot always take joy in our circumstances, but we should always rejoice in the Lord’s faithfulness to supply the needed grace to weather the storm. We should also live in anticipation of Christ’s return—“The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 4:5). Prayer, along with thanksgiving, will lighten the anxieties so common to us all. God wants us to be anxious for nothing but prayerful for everything (Phil. 4:6). The inevitable result of such thoughts, words, and actions is that “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep [our] hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).
Have you experienced peace with God? Are you presently enjoying the peace of God too? Because of Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross, this peace is freely offered to you this very day. If you have not yet trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, may you do so today and have peace with God for the first time. If you are a believer already, I pray that these wonderful truths will bless your heart and flood your life with His peace every day. May we never take for granted what God has freely provided for us through Jesus Christ, our perfect, crucified, risen, and coming-again Lord and Savior. — M. H. Reynolds Jr.
[The above article is available in a leaflet format from the Fundamental Evangelistic Association]