Posted: October 21, 2004
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
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.
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.
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.
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.