Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 5:1 (NLT)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
John Lennon wrote a song (post Beatles) that was very popular during the anti-war era during the Viet Nam called “Give Peace a Chance.” Paul in essence is saying the same thing, however, they are talking about two different types of peace. On the one hand Lennon is talking about peace between people groups, but Paul is talking about peace between God and mankind. While Lennon is talking about reconciliation between countries, Paul is talking reconciliation between God and human kind. You see, the Good News is all about reconciliation because our sin has made us enemies of God, not because God chose to be hostile, but because we chose to be hostile towards Him. Humans by nature are enemies of God because we choose sin over God’s righteousness. Paul spells out this concept in other letters that he wrote. For example, to the Colossians he wrote, “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions” (Col. 1:21, NLT). To the church in Ephesus he wrote, “All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else” (Eph. 2:3, NLT). In both scenarios, Paul makes it clear that it was God who acted to bring about reconciliation. This is exactly the point that Paul is making here to the Romans. We made ourselves enemies of God because of our action; Jesus made us friends of God because of His actions. We are reconciled to God not because of anything we did, but because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We appropriate this tremendous gift by accepting it by faith. That is Good News!