Pastor’s Notes – Peace with God

Dr J. C. Joiner 2July 12, 2015

PEACE WITH GOD

Therefore being justified by faith, we have PEACE WITH GOD

through our Lord Jesus Christ (Roman 5:1).

Our bulletin cover Scripture reference for this Lord’s Day comes from Romans 5:1.  The statement – therefore being justified (declared righteous, saved, forgiven) – is absolute Justification is a finished transaction, accomplished by the complete work of Christ on the cross and the power of His bodily resurrection from the dead.  Our justification is not a process in which we do penance or good works in order to be saved when we die! We, who have repented and believe on the Jesus Christ of the Bible, are saved completely and fully for now and for eternity!

Paul in the verses that follow lists eight benefits or blessings of justification, the first being at Peace with God.

Christ Jesus is our peace (Eph. 2:14). When the first Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) sinned, the peaceful union between God and man was broken. However, the last Adam (Christ) purchased peace through His shed blood. Thus, when we repent of sin and receive by faith the Lord Jesus, the warfare between God and us ceases. Jesus said, If you confess me… I will confess you before my Father (Matt.10:32).  There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5). With that mediation, we have peace with GodThus, we understand and enjoy the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7).

MAN’S LIMITATIONS

Adjust to the universe’s complexity and then, wisely accept your limitations! (Isa 55:8-9)

There is so much about the universe and the God who made it that we simply do not know. The bottom line is that we will never understand God and all of His ways. We are not supposed to. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa 55:8-9)  If we could, we would be like Him (and the last people who aspired to that goal got the world in a lot of trouble  (Genesis 3:5 ff.).

Thus, we must be reconciled to our place in the grand scheme of things. God’s purposes, and what He has revealed to us of them, are being accomplished on His timetable. And, He has told us what we need to know and to make sure we are safely on board. As for what we don’t know, use your doubts as assets, as tools to draw you closer to truth (God’s Word). Put the giant of doubt in its place by solidifying your place in the faith capacity and intelligence to know. So work as hard as you can, but accept your limitations!

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“You say, ‘O Sir, you do not know what my trial is!’ No, I do not, but your heavenly Father does, and if He loved you when you were ungodly, will He cast you away, now that He has shed His love abroad in your heart?” — C. H. Spurgeon

ACTIVITIES:

SINGLE & SERVING

(Single Ladies 50+)

Today after AM Service

Lunch Provided

Planning Meeting with Jacque

HARVESTERS’ POTLUCK LUNCHEON

Tuesday, July 14 at 11:30 AM

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST

Saturday, July 25 at 7 AM

FOOD BANK

You may drop off non-perishable food items in the front foyer. We especially need dried beans (pinto, red and navy), boxes of cereal, and cans of tuna, chicken, etc.

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