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God's Peace!

Dear friend,

May the grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you now and always, Amen.

We have heard from the letter to the Roman congregation that we are all guilty sinners before God, but that He has acted according to His grace on our behalf and has made us just (righteous or right with Him) according to faith. It is His faithfulness in His keeping of His promise that is ours, which means that because He provided the payment and gave the proceeds of the payment to us, we are just before Him by believing God. We turn to chapter five of this letter to consider the implications in our lives of that which God has done for us through His Son. For we are not only accounted to be righteous by faith, but we also live by faith, a life of peace and joy. (By the faithfulness of God)

When we meet one another as Christians, we greet one another with the words: God's Peace. Like any other thing that we do as a custom, a greeting can lose its sense of meaning and therefore it is important that we are reminded what it means when we say to one another: God's Peace! We could change the opening words of our text to read: Therefore, bring justified by faith, we have God's Peace through our Lord Jesus Christ, By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Through the cross God has made a peace treaty with mankind, and He wants that all would come to know, to experience and to live in God's Peace. Even though at times it may seem awkward to practice the custom, we should remember that when we greet one another with God's Peace, we are being reminded that God is at peace with us, by faith we have peace in our heart and soul and therefore we wish that all would come to know of, to experience for themselves and to live in God's Peace! So may we freely greet all with God's Peace!

May God's Peace be unto all everywhere this day through Christ Jesus!

Today we remember the Protestant Reformation of 1517. The Reformation was not about Martin Luther, but it was about Jesus Christ, for what is written in this book was always been, for it is by the finished work of Jesus that is our Rock, our Hope. We have no merit of our own, for that would fail, for we wholly lean and trust on the Name of Jesus Christ. This is the essence of the message that has been proclaimed for 2000 years, the Church has declared that message and any other message that does not preach Jesus Christ and Him cruicfied is false. Only Jesus could have done what was necessary for our hope of salvation.

KJV Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

When we experience the fruit of faith, we experience joy because we know that God's Peace that is ours as a result of knowing the forgiveness of God in Christ Jesus.

We are justified by faith. This is in the past tense. It is hard for us to live in God's Peace, because all of the things going on in our lives, those things outside of us and the general state of the world around us. Sickness, relationship problems, financial problems, wars, persecution, suffering of all kinds, worries about our future.

Death came upon us all but Jesus came to give us God's Peace by taking on Himself the wrath of His own Father and satisifed that wrath. We greet one another with God's Peace, and in so doing, we greet one another with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God's Peace is with you, for God is not counting your sins against you, He has washed you with the blood of His Son, and you are righteous in His sight, therefore you have God's Peace. When we are beset with all our problems, we need to look at Jesus, remembering that God is not angry with us.. If God has wanted to be angry with us, He would have never sent Jesus to the cross.

When we have placed our trust in Christ, God sees as as His own purchased possession in His Son. We have an access into this grace, an entryway into this grace. We have a hard time with grace, because we are so often graceless towards ourselves. When we fail, we do not remember the grace of God, turning Him into a vindictive God who is out to get us because we have failed.
Do you think your sin is greater than the grace of God for you?

Do we go out to get our children when they fail? Do we seek their harm when they fail? We come to them and take them in love, in mercy to restore them for we still love them very much. We discipline them but we never stop loving them. God is always seeking to RESTORE, to give God's Peace. When we fail as children, do we not come to our parents, who will always forgive us when we ask, just as we run to God and hear from a beloved Christian that believe our sins forgiven, so that we might be reminded that He is not counting our sins against us.

KJV Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory/boast in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

We have hope, so therefore suffering does not set us back, but it brings us forward, for we know that our God has taken up our part. He has not separated himself from us, for His Son bears our suffering. He is for us and not against us. We understand that we can trust Him, when we are tried, for the trial works patience and patience works character. Through all of this, we have hope because God has given us His Spirit to indwell us.

2000 years ago God sent His Son to die for the ungodly people, not for the righteous. Long before we did anything, He died for the sins that were yet to come in us. While we were still sinning, God was gracious to us, He came to give us His Peace, God's Peace. We always speak and relate to one another on the basis of grace, He loved us and gave Himself for us. Grace is the power of God's love, and His desire is for our redemption. When we stand before Him, we stand before Him as a child of grace washed in the blood of the Lamb of Christ.

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Thie above paragraph causes me to struggle in order to properly illustrate as to what is being said here. Let me give it a shot. In verses 6-8 it is written about how Christ died for us, the ungodly people who were still sinning, which is how God demonstrated His love for us. But then in the next verses, we see the words much more used twice, which is designed to show that we not only have received a stay of execution so to speak, in being saved from the wrath of God, but we have been given life!!! In verse 11, it goes on, saying that we also joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have NOW received the atonement. We have NOW been declared just.

Parenthesis 13-17
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

The penalty of sin was evident, even though the law was not yet present. Death was reigning even if the law was not there. Death no longer reigns, but life reigns through the life of Jesus Christ through grace. Judgment came upon all, for in the flesh we are all dead. The law continually tells us that we are deserving of judgment, for the law continually confirms our death. For when we try to live after the law, we will only covet more and lust more after the things that is prohibits. Our flesh will die, in fact, it must die, and if we try to make it live, we are going to be very disappointed. Sin reigns over us to put us to death, and it cannot bring us to salvation. Only grace can bring us to life.

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

We stand only on Jesus Christ and what He has done for us, has done in us through grace. We stand only on that and therefore we greet one another with God's Peace. Let us renew that greeting as an encouragement to ourselves, to one another and let there be in us a renewed desire to speak God's Peace to the world and in so doing, speak the Gospel to a world that needs to hear it!

God's Peace be unto you today and always!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 26 Oct 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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