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#123 Peace with God                                                                                            January 3, 2016
                 Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
                14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
It’s from this verse of Scripture that the yuletide choruses of “peace on earth” come along with the claim that, with the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, “peace on earth” is now available. In the first place, the verse doesn’t say “peace on earth,” it says, “and on earth peace.” In the second place, verse 14 is mistranslated in the King James Version. Other versions translate verse 14 far more accurately. One example is found in the Revised Standard Version:
                Luke 2:13-14 (RSV)
                13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
                14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”

If anyone should have known that with his birth came peace on earth it would certainly be the Lord Jesus Christ. What he taught during his earthly ministry as recorded in Matthew chapter ten leaves no question about the matter.
                Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
                35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter 
                in law against her mother in law.
                36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

What the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished made available peace with God for the first time in human history since the first Adam.

                Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
                14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
                15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in 
                himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
                16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
                17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
                18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
As these verses explain, because of what the Lord Jesus Christ did the Christian has peace with God. Because we have peace with God we can have access to Him, and we can have fellowship with Him because of His gift of holy spirit in us.

                Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
                2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
There it is again - peace with God and access to God.

There is an earth coming where there will be absolute peace. But it’s certainly not this one. It’s the new earth coming in the future after the Gathering Together of the Church and the Resurrections of the just and the unjust.
                Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; 
                and there was no more sea.
                2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned
                for her husband.
                3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with 
                them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
                4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, 
                neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
That’s peace on earth - the new earth!

Right now on this present earth, the Christian has peace with God and can grow in the fellowship relationship that the accomplished work of the Lord Jesus Christ made available.

                I Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made 
                for [on behalf of] all men;
                2 For [on behalf of] kings, and for [on behalf of] all that are in authority; that [to the end that] we [the believers] may 
                lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
As we joyfully and patiently wait for the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ we can pray for peaceful circumstances in regard to our lives and those of our fellow believers - not peace on earth. The unbelievers can’t pray and don’t pray. On the other hand, God is pleased with the Christian who has believed His Word regarding His Son. We have peace with Him and it is His Will that “we [the believers, Christians] may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” and so He exhorts us to cooperate with Him in His Will for us - by and with our prayers.

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