Peace with God

Last Sunday, Pastor Will Jackson preached from Genesis 14:17-24 and encouraged us that God sustains our relationship with himself by kindling our worship, cultivating our faith, and providing our Priest-King, Jesus Christ.

Read: Genesis 15:1-21

This Sunday, Pastor Jason Finley will preach from Genesis 15 and will point us to be assured that our covenant keeping God will fulfill his promises. As you prepare for our weekly gathering, let this devotional from John MacArthur remind you of the peace with God and assurance of his salvation that are yours in Christ.

Reflect: “Peace with God”

“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:1


Peace with God is the first link in the chain that securely binds a true believer to Jesus Christ.

Perhaps the most significant attack Satan wages against Christians is raising doubt about the reality and security of their salvation. He continually promotes the destructive notion of a works–righteousness system as a means of salvation, thus making the preservation of one’s salvation totally dependent upon the believer’s faithfulness.

To counteract such a misguided interpretation of what the Bible teaches about salvation, the apostle Paul wrote Romans 3 and 4 to establish that salvation comes only on the basis of God’s grace working through man’s faith. Quoting Genesis 15:6, Paul said, “‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’” (Rom. 4:3).

Because some might have questioned if good works, which offer no security at all, were then the conditions under which a person preserved salvation, Paul wrote Romans 5:1–11 to further cement in believers’ minds that our hope as Christians is not in ourselves but in our great God (cf. 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 10:23). Six links bind us to our Lord and Savior, and our passage for today describes the first: peace with God.

It’s hard to imagine that we were ever enemies of God, but the sad fact is that all unbelievers are at war with God and He is at war with them (Rom. 8:7; Eph. 5:6). Yet every individual who has been justified by faith in Christ receives reconciliation with God, which also brings peace with Him. And this peace is permanent and irrevocable because Christ “always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).

Not only did Jesus Christ establish eternal peace between us and God the Father, but also “He Himself is our peace” (Eph. 2:14). That emphasizes Christ’s atoning work as the basis for our assurance. Such absolute and objective facts are what allow you to stand firm under Satan’s attacks. They free you from focusing on your own goodness and merit and allow you to serve the Lord with the confidence that nothing can separate you from your Heavenly Father (Rom. 8:31–39).


Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for saving you and establishing peace between you and Him. ✧ Ask Him to guide you into opportunities of service.

For Further Study: Read Romans 3–4. What verses establish that salvation is solely the work of God? Keep a list for reference when Satan may attack your faith.

Sing: Song List for Sunday

1. “Let the Nations be Glad,” by Matt Boswell
2. “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death,” Arr. Shane & Shane
3. “Not in Me,” Arr. The Gospel Coalition
4. “It Was Finished Upon that Cross,” by CityAlight