Monday, 11 April 2016

True Righteousness and Holiness Renders Peace and Wickedness Renders Only Torment

With evil and wickedness, there comes no peace. Isaiah 48:22 makes this clear: There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. The wicked have no peace with God for they are under the just wrath of God. The cause of their absence of peace is not their lack of support from their other wicked companions, or the guilt or shame their actions are associated with in their culture. Rather, the cause of their absence of peace is their wickedness, which incurs the just of wrath of God. 

To experience peace, that is, peace in the true sense is to be reconciled to God, so that no one can condemn one: Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us (Romans 8:33-34). Peace, in the true sense in not in any way to have earthly comfort, as so many in the modern western Church do, so that they become so smug behind their wealth and apathetic about fighting evil and being at peace with the world. True peace is not to have things according to one's plan, or as one intended, even if one is seeking to do the will of God. 

True peace is the knowledge that one is reconciled to God so that one is no longer under the condemnation of God, being justified by God. If one is justified by God, who can condemn one? (Romans 8:33-34). That is why true peace comes only by righteousness and holiness. Only the righteous and holy people of God, who are truly walking in righteousness and holiness can have true peace. Those who profess Christ, who flinch or feel uncomfortable at any talk of being righteous and holy, have no peace. Even those who are true followers of Christ, but feel upset at exhortations from other within the true Church to be righteous and holy, cannot enjoy such peace. They cannot enjoy such peace not because they are not saved, but rather because they are not fully trusting in the knowledge that one is being reconciled to God and has been justified by God. As long as one does not fully trust in such knowledge, one cannot enjoy the peace of God. 

Having the knowledge that one is reconciled to God is not enough for one to enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. One must fully trust in such knowledge of God, which is to trust God, to enjoy the peace of God.

Anxiety that even the true follower of Christ may have all comes from not only a lack of knowledge. It comes from a failure to fully trust God in all things, at all times and in all circumstances. Such a failure to fully and unconditionally trust God no matter what is a manifestation of pride, which leads one to believe that one can trust in oneself. As 1 Peter 5:6-7 explains: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Here, the Bible is commanding us to humble ourselves and trusting God, and in doing casting all one's cares on Him. Humbling oneself must come before one can cast all one's cares on the Lord God and experience the peace that He gives. 

Let us heed the Word of the Lord God who says:

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