Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #20
Posted: October 21, 2004

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

Let us continue our study of ‘In Christ’ truth.  We turn our attention for the next few weeks to Romans 5:1-11.  It is here Paul gives us several results of being justified and declared righteous by God.  The first result, is peace with God.  Paul says, Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Verse 1) 

Let us be careful with the opening statement, “Therefore being justified...” It sounds as though justification is an ongoing process. Wuest Greek Word Study says, it would be better translated, ‘Therefore having been justified’.  This gives the idea of a completed action in the past with a guaranteed present result.  Our Lord declares us just at salvation and imputes His spotless, sinless, and righteous nature to our account.  Because we are justified, we have peace with God. 

This peace is permanent and irrevocable.  This peace is a fact and not necessarily a feeling.  Charles Hodge said, ‘to know one is justified would give what is called a sweet quiet of the soul’.  In order to understand peace we must first understand our prior state before justification.  Paul tells us in Romans 8:7 that the natural mind is at enmity with God.  ‘Enmity’ means to declare war and to be an enemy of war.  So prior to our salvation, though we may have seen no visible evidence of war, the fact remains, we were His enemy of war.  The word ‘peace’ has the idea of unconditional surrender.  The conquered surrendering to the conqueror.  This can only be instigated and imposed by the conqueror.  The old timers used to say, ‘they had made their peace with God.’  It is impossible for us to make peace with Him.  The peace must originate with Him.  Can you imagine us telling a conquering general that we have drawn up the terms of surrender?  That is not the surrendering of physical war or spiritual war. 

The reason men go their way is because they cannot submit their wills to the terms of surrender by the creator.  It is amazing that the word ‘humanus’ translated human and the word ‘humus’ used for decomposing substance in our flower beds are so close.  We humans at our best are but the dark, black dirt of the earth. 

How can the clay say to the potter what the terms of surrender can be?  What would General MacArthur have said to the Japanese if they had brought their own peace terms?  Paul said, “...and having made peace through the blood of His cross.”  The terms of peace are to embrace and bow to the cross.  Paul said peace comes only through the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1) When I bow to Him as Savior, I have the peace of a cleared conscience.  When I bow to Him as the creator of all things, I have peace of mind.  When I bow to Him as Lord, I have the peace that passeth all understanding.  Let us come to this table of warring surrender and proclaim with the songwriter, ‘I Surrender All’.  Then I shall have a wonderful peace come down from the Father above and sweep over my spirit in fathomless billows of love. 

 

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