Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:1-2 NLT
Isn’t that great?! Jesus Christ is our peace! Praise God we have Him as our peace! It is great to know that we can look confidently and with joy upon the Promise of Eternal Life with Christ! What a blessing!
And if you are part of the family of God through faith in Christ, you can live your life confidently knowing that NOTHING can separate you from Him. Your sin has been covered, no longer to be held against you. It isn’t an act of your will that keeps you in faith, but it was AN act of God, through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, that keeps us in His family.
Think about this…
If you had to willfully act to continually keep yourself in the faith, you would go around constantly worried and terrified that you might do something of your own free will to loose that faith. Not a pleasant way to live! AND IT CANNOT HAPPEN! Since we have been made right by faith there is a peace that comes only from the heavenly Father, not out of what we have done, but because of what Christ did for us on the Cross of Calvary.
What is this place of undeserved privilege? This place of undeserved privilege is being in the presence of God for eternity. We did not deserve that position of eternal life. Humans at our core are fallen, sinful creatures separated from God, but because of Christ’s death and Resurrection we have the opportunity to change our positional condition from the old man (sinful, separated from God and destined for an eternity of separation, i.e. hell) to the new man (made right with God through faith in Christ).
In the Old Testament an unblemished, blood sacrifice was required to reestablish right standing with God. In order to cover sin, it was necessary for the people to do it over and over again. Christ’s Resurrection changed that. God made a covenant with Himself to take our place. Jesus, who was fully God, but also fully man, took on ALL the sin of the whole world: past, present and future. God had to turn His back on Jesus, not because He didn’t love Jesus, but because He, who is Holy, cannot look on sin. Christ took our place and therefore made it possible for us to reestablish right standing with God, but only if we come to faith through Jesus, and not through ourselves. Jesus Christ died once and for all, hence the reason He said on the cross: It is finished (John 19:30). He had completed what He had been sent to earth by the Father to do; to take our place, and cover our sin, making it possible for us to be made right with God, the Father.
Paul wrote in the letter to the Church at Philippi: And I am certain that God, who began a good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns (Phil. 1:6, NLT). If you belong to God through believing faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, you can confidently stand on the promise of eternal life. Nothing can now separate you from God (Romans 8:35).
There is peace with the knowledge of that understanding, and that is His assurance and the confidence we have in Christ; you can stand on it with confidence and joy! SO…GO WITH CONFIDENCE!