SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

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"The Peace of Christ"

Part 2

Introduction: Making Peace With God.

1. Previously, we defined peace as……

a. “a state of harmony, tranquility”.
b. “the absence of hostility, the absence of mental stress or anxiety”.

 

2. In the Bible, the word peace is used to translate……

a. Shalom (Hebrew) – completeness, soundness, welfare, peace – “Hebrew Dictionary”.
b. Eirene (Greek) – often refers to the inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ – “Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary”.

 

3. Previously, we made the following observations….

a. Not everyone enjoys peace.
b. Jesus came to bring peace.
c. The peace that Jesus offers entails many things.

 

[We now examine more closely the peace Jesus offers, beginning with “Making Peace with God”…]

 

I. THE NEED FOR PEACE WITH GOD
A. HE IS THE GOD OF PEACE!

1. God is often identified as “the God of Peace”.

Roman 15:33 “Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”

2. He is the source of true peace –

Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 1:3 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

3. It is His peace that can guard our hearts –

Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

--- To know God is to truly know peace!

 

B. SIN ALIENATES MAN FROM GOD….

1. Sin separates man from God so that He will not hear –

1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

2. God will not let the wicked enjoy peace –

Isaiah 57:19-21 "I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near," Says the Lord, "And I will heal him.” [20] But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” [21] "There is no peace," Says my God, "for the wicked."

3. There may be the appearance of joy, and there may be temporary prosperity. But there is no abiding, substantial, permanent happiness..” Barnes

--- Without God, there can be no true peace!

 

[As often stated: no God, no peace; know God, know peace .” For sinners alienated from the God of peace….]

 

II. JESUS MAKES PEACE WITH GOD POSSIBLE.
A. THROUGH JUSTIFICATION.

1. Justified by faith, we have peace with God – Romans 5:1.

2. Justification means “not guilty,” and this come through grace and redemption –

Romans 3:24 “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,”

3. Redemption comes through Jesus' blood, as a propitiation for sin.

Romans 3:25 “whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,”

1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

4. Thus God becomes the justifier of the one who has faith in Christ.

Romans 3:26 “to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

5. Such faith in Christ is an obedient faith –

Romans 1:5 “Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,”

Hebrews 5:9 “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”

--- Justification through faith in Christ leads to peace with God!

 

B. THROUGH RECONCILIATION….

1. Remember, sin separates man from God – Isaiah 59:2.

2. But God reconciles man back to Himself through Jesus Christ –

2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,”

3. Indeed, the apostles were given a ministry of reconciliation –

2 Corinthians 5:19 “that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

4. As ambassadors of Christ, they implore us to be reconciled to God – 2 Corinthians 5:20.

--- When one obeys the gospel of Christ, they are reconciled to God!

 

[Through justification by faith in Christ, we are reconciled with the God of peace! What kind of peace does God offer those who have been reconciled with Him….?]

 

III. THE PEACE OF GOD
A. DESCRIBED… .

1. God offers perfect peace –

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

2. He offers peace like a river –

Isaiah 48:18 “Oh, that you had heeded My Commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”

3. He is willing to fill us with peace –

Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

4. He is willing to give us peace always, in every way –

2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

--- Wonderful is the peace that only God can provide!

 

B. ENJOYED…

1. By those whose minds are stayed on Him, who trust in Him – Isaiah 26:3; Colossians 3:1-2.

2. By those who heed His commandments – Isaiah 48:18.

3. By those who believe – Romans 15:13.

4. By those who let it rule in their hearts –

Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

--- Those who believe and obey are the true recipients of the peace of God!

 

Conclusion:

1. Have you obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ….?

a. Believe in Jesus as the Son of God who died for your sins! John 8:24.
b. Repent of your sins, choosing to live for God! Acts 17:30.
c. Confess your faith in Jesus as Lord! Romans 10:9-10.
d. Be baptized into Christ for the remission of sins! – Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Galatians 3:27.
e. Remain faithful to Jesus! – Matthew 28:19-20 - Revelation 2:10.

 

2. You will be justified by faith, reconciled to God….

a. You will be at peace with God! Romans 5:2.
b. His peace can now rule in your hearts! Colossians 3:15.

 

Look to the gospel of Jesus Christ if you want peace with the God of peace…..!