by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 5 (7 of 25)
Harley Howard

Peace with God.

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

The word therefore reaches back to the contents of
chapter 4. Therefore being justified (having a right
standing before God, position):

- not by works 4:1-8,
- not by ordinances, IE: circumcision 4:9-12,
- not by obedience to the law 4:13-25,

but by faith. The result is that we now have peace
with God. The word peace means: to bind together
that which was separated.

Justification brings us peace WITH God. A person
justified can stand boldly in the presence of God
guiltless, uncondemned and righteous THROUGH CHRIST.

Note, there is a difference between Peace WITH God
and the peace OF God.

- Peace WITH God is POSITIONAL and comes with being
justified. The wrath of God no longer threatens us.
We are ACCEPTED in Christ.

- Peace OF God is EXPERIENTIAL. It depends on the
walk of the believer. Philippians 4:6-7.

Philippians 4:6-7.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.

The peace of God, or from God, which is surpasses all
modes of thinking and judging, i.e. thoughts,
feelings, purposes, desires, IE: worry, will surround
you and protect your MIND and HEART by Christ Jesus.
Our minds and hearts are the 2 places that are most
vulnerable to attack by the enemy as well as our own
selves. This is where the worry rest. So what we
need to do is have God's peace to surround us and to
protect both of these areas. This peace of God can
only be experienced by those who have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ. If you are not saved,
you cannot, nor will never experience this peace of
heart and ...

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