Have you noticed the difference in the New Testament between ‘peace with God’ and ‘peace of God’? One is like stone, and the other is like the ocean. One has to do with justification, while the other deals with sanctification.
The apostle Paul explains ‘our position’ as Christians and ‘our position’ in Christ: ‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
In other words, the relationship has been established. It’s solid. We do not move in and out of it because of the closeness we walk with the Lord hour after hour. The connection has its roots in Christ and therefore is constant just like the relationship of a child in the family.
This is similar to the way a Christian experiences the ‘peace of God’. Sometimes the believer’s heart is calm, while at other times it feels like an ocean flowing within you.
Paul addressed this spiritual dynamic when he wrote: ‘Rejoice in the Lord I will always say it once more: Rejoice. May your kindness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in every prayer. and I pray with thanksgiving, your requests before God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. ‘ (Philippians 4: 4-7)
The peace of God is felt by the believers. It is experienced. Unlike our ‘peace with God’ through faith, this ‘peace of God’ is something that seems to fluctuate, especially when our behavior is erratic. In other words, the more we rejoice, pray, trust, obey and rejoice, the more ‘peace of God’ fills our soul.
The Christian life is not easy, and it is not natural. The life of discipleship is a supernatural experience. He is also trustworthy in God in all things. And this practice is not learned overnight. In fact, I believe that most of us who are believers fully recognize that we are still a work in progress.
So if you are a Christian, take tremendous comfort in the fact that you have peace ‘with God.’ And then doing those things hourly helps you to facilitate ‘the peace of God¡ in your heart. By doing this, you will enjoy your Christian life much more.
Christ is the author of peace with God, which leads to the peace of God.