Yesterday I mused upon how evolutionary theory is a miserable theory which is antithetical to any aspiration for peace. Today I want to bring forward the glorious certainties of the truth of the gospel. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is a message of peace. When our Lord was incarnated the angels burst forth to declare that ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’ (Luke 2:14).
Which begs the question upon whom does His favour rest? Romans 5:1 gives the answer since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, His favour is upon those who have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. These are the ones who are to have peace. This all leads us to see how the purpose of God is through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Col.1:20).
As a result of these things we who have peace with God need to:
- Know the peace of God as a reality in our lives as we live in the presence of God bringing all our life issues before him. Paul puts it like this: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7).
- Go forward and out announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (Acts 10:36).
- Engage in the ministry of being peacemakers as we remember that our Lord Jesus said Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matt. 5:9).
And we look forward to the promised future of eternal peace in the new heavens and new earth. How will there be such peace? There will be peace because the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus, (see Is. 9:6) shall reign. When He reigns all sin will be expunged and peace will ooze from every microbe of the new heaven and new earth. How good is that.
Oh how great is the gospel of our Lord Jesus. What truth is this! What hope is this!