Summary: The centerpiece of the gospels is the cross. The masterpiece of the gopsels is the resurection. The centerpiece and the masterpiece when accepted lead to the Endless peace of the Gospels: A reltionship with God
Intro: Peace, it seems like a fairy tale. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados. How can there be peace? It seems the longer our lives last the more chaotic our lives become. Have you ever thought that the rise in conflict both at home and abroad is due to the absence of Peace with God?
Really think about what I am saying. The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom. It is a word that is still to this day as a cordial greeting between Hebrew people. It was and is not merely a greeting. It is instead a blessing that desires the wellness and wholeness of the person it is spoken to.
I. Peace with God
A) The declaration of war
It was in the garden of Eden that the first shots were heard. Adam and Eve had been created to walk with God. But they decided that wasn’t enough room for adventure and investigation. They thought that God was just a big old grumpy Heavenly Father that didn’t want them to have any fun.
What Adam and Eve did not realize when they disobeyed God for the first time they were causing all out war on planet earth.
The spiritual war had begun.
Before Adam and eve sinned they were at peace with God. They were whole complete, because they were designed to know God. After the disobedience they were hollow and hopeless because something was missing.
Romans 8.6,7 tells us why they were hollow, helpless
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile towards God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
Ever wonder why you “can’t” do such and such no matter how hard you try? If you have not subjected yourself to the finished work of Jesus, or if you are saved and not surrendered you will not be able to do what is God’s will!!
Warren Wiersbe defined condemnation this way “God declares us sinners, which is a declaration of war.”
When Adam and Eve were declared by god as sinners the first shot of the war killed both spiritually. Their minds were set on the flesh they could not do what God commanded.
The good news comes from the centerpiece painting God’s masterpiece. When the cross is central and we allow Jesus blood to cover our sins, endless peace is the result.
B) The declaration of peace
Warren Wiersbe “Justification means God declares us righteous, which is a declaration of peace.”
It is not something we deserve, it is similar to the King Ralph movie where John Goodman becomes king of England. It was definitely not something he deserved but he was declared king anyway.
God delares us righteous by the shed blood of Jesus.
2 Corinthians “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalv, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Dr David Jeremiah (His study Guide Fruit of the Spirit)
The word for peace in the Greek language is iranay. It means, “to join together.” It’s a picture of two opposing forces that have been separated, that now have been reconciled. That’s what our peace in Jesus Christ is all about. We who were at enmity with God have been brought together by Jesus Christ. He is our peace. That’s why when Jesus was brought into the world as our Savior, the angels said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace...”(Luke 2:14). He is the Prince of Peace because He is the One who solved the enmity between us and God. Accept Him and you have peace with God.