The Way of Peace
The Way of Peace
IX. "He is Our Peace."
It is the distinctive feature of Christianity that it exalts the Person of Christ above all else. He Himself is Saviour, Redeemer, Propitiation, Lord and Coming King. And it is He who is our peace.
To accept a creed or receive certain doctrines will save no one. To receive Him means life and salvation. "As many as received Him, to them gave He power (that is, the right or the title) to become the sons (or children) of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12,13). To receive Him is to trust Him. All who do this become children of God by a second birth and so enter into peace.
"Peace with God is Christ in glory,
God is light and God is love;
Jesus died to tell the story,
Foes to bring to God above."
On the cross of shame "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace (that is the just desert whereby our peace was made) was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord (i.e. Jehovah) hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all" (Isa. 53:5, 6). Thus, having settled the sin question, "The God of peace" has brought him again from the dead and seated Him at His right hand as the glorified man in heaven "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow." God is now "preaching peace by Jesus Christ" and He has declared, through the inspired apostle Peter, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
When aged Simeon beheld the infant Jesus, he took Him in his arms and exclaimed, "Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation" (Luke 2:29, 30). Christ is Himself God's salvation. To trust in Him is to be saved. To reject Him is to be lost. Christ received, means peace with God and freedom from all condemnation. Christ rejected, means judgment-a condemnation from which there is no release.
Having endured the chastisement of our peace upon the cross, where He made purification for sin, He has taken His seat on the right hand of the majesty in the heavens and there He is our peace. In Him, the risen One, we are reconciled to God. We are accepted in the Beloved. Our consciences are at rest, for "there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." This suggests complete identification with Him in the place that is His before the Father's face. The moment the anxious soul realizes this, fear gives place to the full assurance of faith and one can sing with glad exultation,
"'Tis done, the great transaction's done,
I am my Lord's and He is mine;
He drew me and I followed on,
Glad to confess the Voice divine."
It is noticeable that in the Word of God faith is always in the Lord Jesus Himself, rather than in the work He did in order to put away sin. It is through that work we are saved, but we do not have to understand the mystery of His atonement in order to get life and peace. All that God requires is that we put our trust in His Son. There is one Scripture that might seem to be an exception to this, and that is Romans 3:24, 25: "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." Here it might, at first sight, seem to imply that the faith is "in His blood." But a slight change in punctuation makes all clear. He has been "set forth to be a propitiation, through faith, in His blood." That is, He made propitiation for