Monday, 7th November, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"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" (John 14:27 KJV)
I would to God that everyone in the world would understand the magnitude and import of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Prior to His vicarious sacrifice on our behalf, the Bible says we were “...aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). We were enemies of God.
But blessed be God! Romans 5:10 says He reconciled us to Himself by the death of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:13-18 says, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 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; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Hallelujah!
Jesus paid the price and brought us into peace and union with the Father. No wonder Paul declares in Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The word “peace” is from the Greek “Eirene.” It describes an end to hostilities. It means to be set at one.
Through Christ Jesus, you’ve been set at one with God; you’ve come home in Him! There’s no need to live in fear of judgment; Jesus has already taken the punishment for your sins. Isaiah 53:5 says, “…the chastisement of our peace was upon him….” Hallelujah!
"Dear Father, I thank you for the message of reconciliation that's been committed to my trust. Through me, many in my world and the regions beyond are coming to the knowledge of God, and into their inheritance in Christ; they’re coming into the life of peace and union with you, free from condemnation, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
John 16:33; Ephesians 2:14-18 AMPC
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Hebrews 7; Jeremiah 50-51
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Peter 4:1-19; Ezekiel 38