By Pastor Dave
W3CP2 = The Will of God
To get a grip on this capstone on finding the will of God, I feel I need to answer some questions about the peace of God. Is there a difference between God’s peace and peace we can experience that the world gives? Yes! John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” The key phrase is “not as the world giveth.” The world offers peace in the temporal things of this life. The parable in Luke 12:18 and 19 “And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” The word ease means to give rest. Remember the main word for peace means prosperity, quietness, rest, set at one again. The rich man said to his soul to take ease. He was set at one with himself and his financial portfolio. Obviously he has rest in the things of this world but our Lord points out in Luke 12:20 that he was not at peace with God and that night his soul would be required to stand before God. The rich man had the world’s peace and was rich toward himself but he was broke with God. That’s why in Matthew 4, Jesus, during his temptation, turned down all the offers of Satan. They would only offer temporary peace. There is a reason why in Hebrew 7:2 that Melchisedec is called the king of peace. In this Old Testament account of Christ, he is the author of our peace and our access to real peace.
What is the source of this peace from God? How do we get it? Why don’t we just have this peace? The source of our peace is Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 says “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Christ is the source, the broker and the mediator of this peace. I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Colossians 1:20 explains how he did it. “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say whether they be things in earth, (that’s us) or things in heaven (with God the Father).” We get this peace by confessing our sin and asking Christ to cover our sins by his shed blood on the cross. We then have peace as we are “set at one again” with God.
Why don’t we just have this peace? We lost it in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden our peace with God was broken. The prosperity, quietness, and rest they experienced in the garden, was lost. Most important our relationship with God was shattered. Something broke inside of man that day and he became at odds with the God of the universe. As man left the garden to find his way on the earth he left behind more than just his innocence but his peace with God that was shattered by his disobedience. A division between God and man and there would be only one way to have this peace with God again or as the word peace means “set at one again.” Adam and Eve’s nakedness was covered by the first sacrifice of the lamb to cover them and became the symbol that there would be no remission of sin without the shedding of blood. Christ would become our sacrificial lamb.
To be continued ………………..