You have resolved to give yourself to God. Now go to Him, and ask that He will wash away your sins and give you a new heart. This is the lesson which Jesus taught while He was on earth, that the gift which God promises us, we must believe we do receive, and it is ours. Jesus healed the people of their diseases when they had faith in His power; He helped them in the things which they could see, thus inspiring them with confidence in Him concerning things which they could not see—leading them to believe in His power to forgive sins.
From the simple Bible account of how Jesus healed the sick, we may learn something about how to believe in Him for the forgiveness of sins. Let us turn to the story of the paralytic at Bethesda. The poor sufferer was helpless; he had not used his limbs for thirty-eight years. He acted on the word of Christ, and God gave the power.
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He was made whole. In like manner you are a sinner. You cannot atone for your past sins; you cannot change your heart and make yourself holy. But God promises to do all this for you through Christ. You confess your sins and give yourself to God. Just as surely as you do this, God will fulfill His word to you.
If you believe the promise—believe that you are forgiven and cleansed—God supplies the fact; you are made whole, just as Christ gave the paralytic power to walk when the man believed that he was healed. It is so if you believe it. That is to say, it is perfect in the kind of peace it is.
There is an imperfect peace; there is the imperfect peace of ignorance when we imagine that all is going well, whereas in fact all is not well Jeremiah There is the imperfect peace of stagnation. The pool of water may be calm and peaceful but underneath it is foul and green with slime. Then there is the imperfect peace of dependence, which is a peace dependent upon some thing or some person in this world. It is perfect in its quantity. That is to say, the supply of it is sufficient and it exactly meets our need. Notice the significance of this in Philippians where we read that this double peace is the peace of heart and of mind; and that is the kind of peace we need, a peace that garrisons our mind and calms our heart.
It is also double peace in the sense that it is peace with God Romans and the peace of God Philippians , and we can never know the peace of God until we know peace with God. It is perfect in its constancy. It is permanent and not intermittent.
The Promise of Peace on Earth
By Christ Jesus. Read Colossians God makes it clear to us that peace is not something that we work for.
It is a gift freely given by God to us through Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah declared that Jesus would be the Prince of Peace, fully reigning amongst those who believe in Him and granting peace to those who ask. Peace is not found in an ideology, religion or mindset.
It is also not a product of something we do or something we don't do. We cannot garner peace by being rid of something or gaining something.