No Jesus, No Peace; Know Jesus, Know Peace—Romans 5:1
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ..." (Romans 5:1)
Occasionally while driving I see the old cliché bumper sticker: “No Jesus, No Peace; Know Jesus, Know peace.” It always makes me smile. During tumultuous times, we long for peace, but without Jesus, peace is an elusive thing.
In earlier chapters, Paul makes a stunning argument that righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ apart from what we can do to earn it (Rom. 3:22). He brilliantly covers objections one can make. Now, he’s switching gears to describe the blessings of righteousness—Peace with God!
Did you hear that right? Yes! We have peace with God in Christ Jesus.
Paul explains, through faith in Jesus, we have a perfect sinless record, as if we’ve always obeyed God’s righteous standards. This ushers us into a place of friendship, unity, and peace with God the Father.
The sentiment of the old bumper sticker still rings true today! Trouble comes, but knowing Jesus helps us to experience peace with God.
Do you consider yourself a friend of God?
What things keep you from experiencing soul peace between yourself and God?
Pray and share these things with God.
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Original article published July 19, 2009.