100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 19
You Have Been Granted Peace With God Through Jesus (Romans 5:1)
The word peace in the original language of the text is eirene and it means peace, harmony, tranquility, safety, welfare, health.1 So, these attributes constitute our relationship WITH God, and they are possible THROUGH Jesus.
Peace With God
Before you became a follower of Jesus Christ, you lived apart from a conscious acknowledgement of God. Oh, you might have believed that He exists, but you conducted yourself from a carnal nature, never fully dependent upon His grace and never fully glorifying Him in all things. See the difference? You can say, “I know God exists,” but still go on living as though you are your own god. But to live with an awareness of having died to self and been raised in Christ to live a God-honoring life, that’s new life founded upon a holy fear of God. You revere God’s holiness above everything else, and it shows in the way your perceive life’s circumstances, talk about the issues of life, and act upon your beliefs.
Through Jesus Christ
Do you want to experience peace with God? The Bible states that Jesus opened the way. Through His body, we are welcomed into relationship with the Father in heaven.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…” (Hebrews 10:19-22).
What grants a believer confidence to go before holy God? It’s faith in the cleansing blood of the Lamb! If God says I accept you based on your confession of Christ, then acceptance is guaranteed. Enter in with a sincere heart. Acknowledge that there is nothing you personally have done to deserve God’s love and acceptance; you simply have believed in everything Jesus did on your behalf.
Peace draws you near to God’s heart.
Do you have peace? If you do not, then you are ruled by fear of past sin. God says, “That’s been covered by the blood of My Son.” Therefore, release the fear by confessing the truth: God loved me and demonstrated it in the giving of His Son for the payment of my sin, and now I’m completely holy and welcomed into His presence, never to depart. Child of God, you have been granted peace with God through Jesus Christ.
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Say aloud: “I have been granted peace with God through Jesus Christ, and I will not allow the enemy of my soul to inject fear and cause me to run from God’s Presence. Instead, I will demonstrate by faith in action that I am ruled by God’s proven love, ‘for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life'” (John 3:16).
1 Kohlenberger, John R. and James Swanson. A Concise Dictionary of the Greek. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.