Romans 5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
II.) What is the basis of this Peace promised?
So, here is this promise of Peace among the Nations and we must pause to ask ourselves, “On what basis is this peace achieved.”
And the answer to that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ holds that God is at warfare with man because of man’s rebellion against God. Because of man’s defiance of God, there is and can be no peace between God and man. God is implacably opposed to rebel man.
For those outside of Christ, God hates. That hatred is reciprocal as those outside of Christ are at war with God.
Peace can only be sued for on God’s terms and God’s terms are the demand that those who want to be free of God’s hostility towards them and have forgiveness for their rebelliousness against God is the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Christ came to be the peace child between God and man. By His work on the Cross Christ quenched the anger of God and so, as a substitute, became the appeasement of God as sent by God for those who would sue for peace.
God could not offer peace to rebellious man except on His terms. And His law terms required that His violated law be satisfied and so Christ came in His first advent to be God’s sacrifice for the sins of His people.
And so God Himself makes the peace. We do not have peace because of our repentance though certainly, repentance is a necessary consequence of our having peace with God. We do not gain peace by our obedience to God’s law though obedience is a necessary consequence of having peace with God. The only sufficient and necessary means to having Peace with God … the only way we can be delivered from God’s active warfare against us … the only way that a nation will ever beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks is by placing themselves under the protection of the Lord Christ who gave Himself up as the substitute for warmongering rebels like us.
And even the placing of ourselves under the protection of the Lord Christ is subsequent to be placed under His protection by His irresistible sovereign grace.
Then having Peace with God we can wage peace for God with our fellow man.