The word “peace” indicates a complete, whole or harmonious relationship. On a basic level there can be peace between individuals, as well as within families, communities, and nations. However, in order for a person to experience peace in its truest form, one must be at peace or in a harmonious relationship with God.
Adam and Even enjoyed a perfect peaceful relationship with God. However, in Genesis 3 we find that they exchanged peace with God for Satan’s lie, which resulted in being separated from the Creator. So it is for each of us. The moment a person sins, there is separation from God; there is no longer a harmonious, peaceful relationship with Him (Isaiah 59:1-2).
Having foreknowledge of man’s fall, God had a marvelous plan, conceived “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). The Word would surrender the glory He possessed in heaven, take on flesh, and offer Himself as a sinless sacrifice (John 1:1, 14; 17:5; Philippians 2:5-8). Jesus made it possible to remove the barrier of sin between God and man so that peace with God could be enjoyed once again (Ephesians 2:16).
As Scripture points out, blessings are promised to those in Christ. All of these blessings have the common thread of being restored to a peaceful relationship with God. Understanding each of these blessings can bring greater appreciation for the peace God gives His children.
- We have peace with God because we have been REDEEMED. Redemption typifies a slave being purchased in order to grant him his freedom. Christ paid the ransom price to free us from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:17-18; Ephesians 1:7; Titus 2:14).
- We have peace with God because we have been FORGIVEN. In accounting, this term indicates a debt has been cancelled and marked “paid in full”. Thanks to Jesus’ blood, the sin on our account has been permanently erased (Colossians 2:13-14).
- We have peace with God because we have been RECONCILED. Reconciliation suggests changed. As sinful beings, we are alienated from God. When we turn to God, He changes our relationship with Him from one of enmity to that of friendship (Colossians 1:19-20).
- We have peace with God because we have been JUSTIFIED. A justified person has been charged with a crime but has been declared “not guilty.” Because Christ agreed to carry the weight of our guilt upon His shoulders, we will be acquitted from our own guilt through faithful obedience (Romans 5:18).
- We have peace with God because we have been SANCTIFIED. The world “sanctification” implies separation. In this case, we are not separated from God, but set apart for God. The child of God is set apart from the world and its evils and has been joined to God (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 5:23).
God longs for us to be at peace. Peace and trusting in Him go hand in hand. The prophet Isaiah declared, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3). Do you trust Him?
- What is required in order to have inner peace?
- What lie did Satan use to tempt Eve?
- How does Genesis 3:6 correlate to 1 John 2:16?
- What is spiritual death? Explain the concept of redemption.
- At what point in a person’s life are they separated from God?
- When does forgiveness take place?
- What does it mean to be reconciled to God?
- When did God plan for the Word to come to earth and ultimately become a sinless sacrifice?
- What does “sanctification” mean?
- God will keep us in perfect peace if we will do what?
Christian Woman Magazine, November/December 2016 – In Search of Truth: A Promise of Peace by Joy Jensen – Lesson 3 (pg 31)