By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
And the work of righteousness shall be peace… (Isaiah 32:17).
Psalm 85:10-11 tells us something beautiful; it says, “Mercy and truth are met together; RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE HAVE KISSED EACH OTHER. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.” In the New Testament, mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Greek word translated “justified” in the KJV is “Dikaioo,” which means to be acquitted and declared righteous. Now that you’ve been declared righteous and have right standing with God by faith, you have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; you’re at one with Him. The word “peace” is the Greek, “eirene” which means to be set at one again, to be brought into harmony, concord, safety, with God.
There’s no need for you to be afraid that one day, God will recall all your wrongs and punish you for your sins. You’ve come home to Him; you’re now at rest in Him through Christ Jesus. He made it possible; it’s the result of His righteousness that you’ve received. He’s brought you to Himself. There’s a oneness now: “For he is our peace, who hath made both one…Having abolished in his flesh the enmity…to make in himself…one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross… And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh…” (Ephesians 2:14-17).
Dear Father, I thank you for my glorious life in Christ, and my oneness with you. Your righteousness has produced peace in me; peace with prosperity! Thank you for this awesome life of dominion and joy, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 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.
Ephesians 2:14-17 NIV For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 11:1-30 & Genesis 36-37
2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 6:14-24 & Genesis 15