This weekend, we covered Paul’s beautiful declaration in Romans 5:1: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Here are a couple of observations that we considered:
- the basis of peace with God is justification
- the basis of peace with God is available to anyone who trusts Christ
Peace with God isn’t something that is reserved for the elite, the exceptionally mature, or the Biblical astute. Instead, it is something more objection, something more rooted in the truth than in our emotions and experiences. Every Christian has peace with God objectively.
But in regards to the experiential aspect of God’s peace, we all differ. Some of us have a visible awareness of God’s peace, while others struggle to find that same depth of awareness. But God — and this is important! — wants us to know the peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:4-7); He doesn’t want us spiritually restless. So here are few more observations.
If you’re not sensing God’s peace in your life:
- ask yourself if you’re a Christian – Take the only test with eternal repercussions. Paul once told the church at Corinth, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Are you a Christian?
- ask yourself if you’re living obediently – God doesn’t share His peace with you while you’re living a life that displeases Him, because He doesn’t want you feeling peaceful in disobedience. Remember Psalm 85:8: God will “speak peace to his people . . . but let them not turn back to folly.”
- ask yourself if you’re living a godly lifestyle – By “a godly lifestyle” I mean that you may not be living in open disobedience but you may not be living godly either. Are you reading your Bible regularly, praying heartily, worshipping daily, witnessing . Remember: we weren’t called to a “moral” lifestyle but to a godly lifestyle.
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