Weekly Devotional 2-3-19
The Final Step in Having the Peace of God
For several weeks now we have been considering having peace with God and the peace of God. As considered, being at peace with God is different than having the peace of God. Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, made it possible for a person to be at peace with God when He sacrificed Himself on the cross of Calvary. By His sacrifice, He satisfied God’s judgment against sin ending the alienation between Himself and man. When a person understands that he is a sinner, repents of his sin, and asks God to forgive him of his sin, mercy and grace is showered upon him ending the alienation. Peace with God is accomplished.
We considered that the peace of God, however, is something else. It is an ongoing experience. Sin still separates. Even though we have been reconciled to God, and can never lose our salvation, our intimacy or our close fellowship with God can be impaired. The apostle John warning of this wrote, “5This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1st John 1:5-10).
John makes it clear that for one to have fellowship with God, that is, to experience the peace of God, one must agree with Him even though He has forgiven him of past sins. Present sins must be repented of and confessed. Unrepentant sin interferes with one’s desire to walk in fellowship with God. The unrepentant person senses guilt and the peace of God is lost. However, the good news is as soon as one repents of his sin fellowship with God is restored and the peace of God returns. What a wonder!
Transforming Power; The Work of God on Behalf of Man
Scripture usage is from the NKJB