Summary: How A Christian can have Peace with God, and the Peace of God
I. The Meaning of Peace.
A. The Greek word, "eirene", means "to bind" or "union".
1. The conotation is that where there is a tie that binds, there is peace.
2. The beginning of unity is union. Unity comes when two make peace.
B. The English word, "peace," implies an agreement. Such as a "Peace Treaty."
1. When world leaders want to make peace, they sign a pact, or a treaty.
2. Peace is the result of enemies comimg to an agreement.
C. The Hebrew word, shalom, implies friendship, rest, security.
1. If we have agreement, and we become friends, I am no longer afraid, and am now secure.
2. I am now at rest, because he who was my enemy is now my friend, and so we have peace.
II. The Need of Peace.
A. The peace of a conscience at enmity with God.
1. There is no peace for those who are against God (Isa. 48:22).
There is no peace with oneself, if there enmity with God.
God does not allow a man at war with Him, to be a peace with everyone else, and with himself.
Men want a convictionless peace. That is, the ability to live as they please, without the conviction of sin.
They don’t want the peace of God, but peace from God.
2. Those who are turned from God do not know the way of peace (Rom. 3:10-17; 18).
They do not know the God of peace, nor the peace of God, niether can they be free from the peace FROM God.
They share their misery, by being swift to shed blood, and having feet swift to run to mischief.
And, though they deny Him, yet in their miserable hearts, they can’t get away from God’s wrath.
3. They are against any who seek peace (Psa. 120:6-7).
They deny the God of peace, and flee from the peace of God, and are angry at those who seek peace.
Those who hate peace, hate those who love peace.
There is a need for peace. The peace of a conscious at enmity with God.
B. The peace of a heart at fellowship with God.
1. The peace of salvation.
(Rom. 5:1) "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
(Eph. 2:14-15) "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace."
2. The peace of walking in the spirit.
(Rom. 8:4-6) "That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
(Gal. 5:22) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith."
3. The peace of obedience to God.
(Rom. 14:17) "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
(Rom. 14:19) "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."
(Psa. 119:165) "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."
(Isa.48:18) "O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments, then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea."
4. The peace of revival.
(Psa. 85:4-8) "Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Show us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly."
III. The Provision of Peace.
A. Peace with God (Eph. 2:11-15).
1. The separation between carnal men, and holy God has been bridged (v. 12-13).
The gulf that separated me from God my Lord,
It was so vast a crossing I could never ford,
From where I stood to His demands its seemed so far.
I cried, "Dear Lord, I cannot reach to where you are."
Then He came to me. When I could not get to where He was, He came to me.
2. The barrier of sin has been removed (v. 14).
"But your iniquities have separated you between you and your God..."