“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
Romans chapter 5 is a continuation on the subject of faith. In chapter 4 Paul spoke of the faith of Abraham and the promise to come. God accounted Abraham’s faith for righteousness. The promise to come of course was Jesus Christ and salvation through him.
Paul makes it clear that this faith and righteousness was not reserved for or, “imputed” to Abraham alone, but for all that believed in Christ. So we being justified, or rendered righteous, “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
The Desire of Man
It is my utmost and firmest belief that man’s primary desire and primal drive is to be with God. And to be with God we must have absolute peace with him. Anything else other than peace is rebellion which manifests as grief, angst and anger in our life.
To be at peace with God is to be in the will of God and in so doing, God will be at peace with us.
Every other desire falls short of this need to be with God. The devil utilizes vices and virtues of the world to vex the spirit of man. The devil occupies and distracts the spirit and soul of man away from his most natural need to be with God. He occupies man’s time with money, career, substance, lusts and the like all in an attempt to cloud his vision of his one true desire which is God. But if we would just, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The devil doesn’t want you to know that.
The Apostle Paul expressed this innate drive for God to the Philippians this way.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:21-24).
Once man realizes his need for God he then goes about figuring how to be with God. He realizes that his present condition falls short. Man discovers the sin within and that the, “carnal mind is enmity against God” and that they who are in the flesh, “cannot please God” (Romans 8:7).
Now here is something very important to grasp. Man already knows that, “to be carnally minded is death”(Romans 8:6). But those without God don’t care. In fact they are banking on it. If death is inevitable and you have dismissed God from your life then there is no hope or promise to come, and you will live that way. Reckless and feckless man is nothing but a carnal, sinful, lustful beast without God, without Christ (promise) and without hope.
This brings us back to the promise Abraham believed in, that we believe in. This is the promise and hope of Jesus Christ, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you” (Romans 8:9) and to be, “spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
To be with God we must be in the spirit. This can only come through Jesus Christ. Then and only then will we have peace, life and God!
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