The Practical Benefits of Peace

The Reformed Reader

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ….” (Rom. 5.1a; NIV).  Concerning this peace, we might ask a question: “What does this peace do for us?”  Or, in other words, “What are the benefits of this ‘peace-with-God-through-Jesus’?”  Horatius Bonar answers the question well:

1) It calms our storms.  In us the tempests rage perpetually.  The storms of the unforgiven spirit are the most fearful of all…. But peace comes, and all is still.  The great Peacemaker comes, and there is a great calm.  The holy pardon which he bestows is the messenger of rest.

2) It removes our burdens.  A sinner’s heaviest burdens must ever be dread of God, lack of conscious reconciliation with him, uncertainty as to the eternal future.  Peace with God is the end of all these.  A sight of the cross relieves…

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