Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:05 PM

Peace With God

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:05 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:05 PM

The Bible speaks of peace with God and the peace of God. Here is a short look at the peace with God… one of the most important concepts of justification.

The first consequence of justification is “peace with God.” Peace is a word rich with meaning. Peace should be understood in terms of its use in the LXX, where it translates (“positive well-being”). It speaks of the new relationship that exists between God and those who turn to him in faith Eph 2:14–15; Col 1:21–22. As Paul used the term, it does not primarily depict a state of inner tranquility. It is external and objective. To have “peace with God” means to be in a relationship with God in which all the hostility caused by sin has been removed (Barrett refers to the peace Paul spoke of as “an objective status or condition” but goes on to say that this objective state “is reflected in the feeling of peace and security which man enjoys when he knows that he is reconciled to God”). It is to exist no longer under the wrath of God. It is not necessary, however, in the interests of literary precision to remove all psychological connotations from the term. Peace is also the joyful experience of those who live in harmony with God, other people, and themselves.[1]



[1] Mounce, R. H. (2001). Vol. 27: Romans (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (133). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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