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False Peace With God

I was reading Dr. Vic Reasoner’s excellent commentary on the book of Romans and he quotes Martyn Lloyd-Jones regarding Romans 5:1 and the peace of God that comes to us through faith in Christ Jesus.  Lloyd-Jones notes five indicators of the false peace that some have and who believe they are saved when in fact they are not.  His five indicators are:

1.  It is characterized by an intellectual assent to certain truths,

2.  They rest in their own faith rather than the work of Christ,

3.  They are too glib and do not show adequate concern for their shortcomings,

4.  They are interested only in forgiveness and not in righteousness,

5.  They take sin much too lightly.

True saving faith in Christ will result in the peace of God filling our hearts in Romans 5:1.  True saving faith rests in Christ Jesus and His work.  Obedience flows from our love for Christ (John 14:15; 1 John 2:3-6).  Good works follow true peace with God (Ephesians 2:10) and true peace will produce works because we know that we are right with God not because of our own doing but the work of Christ (Romans 4:5).  The work of Christ reigns supreme in the life of the true saint of God.  Jesus is our salvation completely from beginning to end (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).  Jesus is our mediator before the Father (Hebrews 7:25).  Jesus is our righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Jesus is our sure foundation (Romans 8:31-39).

Thank God for the peace of knowing I am right before God not because of my own doing or my own good works but the wonderful work of Christ (John 19:30).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/11/2013 at 5:58 PM

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  1. Not pertaining to saving faith, but I’ve been talking about this a lot with my best friend. We know a few Christians who are always saying something along the lines of, “I have a peace about this, I know it’s what God wants me to do,” concerning some “gray areas” of the Bible & even some blatant “black & white” areas. My friend & I agree that we can give ourselves false peace because we’re still sinners by nature & that Satan, who desires to sift us like wheat, can give us false peace about things.

    I know that the Bible says that we have peace that passes understanding through faith in Jesus Christ, but we’re not to put our faith IN that peace.

    Erica

    03/12/2013 at 12:07 PM


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