"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household."
Jesus Himself said that He was not sent to bring peace on the earth among people. The peace that the angels were praising God for (Luke 2:13-14) was peace between God and man. They were announcing the end of God’s war on sin. Peace now reigns between God and man.
Prior to Jesus’s coming, there was wrath from God against man for his sins. It wasn’t total wrath. Even in the Old Testament, we see God’s mercy and grace. Yet the Old Testament Law was a ministry of wrath (Rom. 4:15; 2 Cor. 3:7, and 9), and people’s sins were held against them. But when Jesus came, God quit holding people’s sins against them. This is exactly what
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. . . . For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. The word “reconciliation” is talking about making peace. God was no longer holding us accountable. Instead, He imputed our sins to Jesus, making Jesus accountable for our sins Jesus became what we were so that we could become what He was - the righteousness of God.
Now, you might be thinking, You’re just giving people a license to sin. The last time I checked, people are doing a pretty good job sinning without a license. What I’m saying will not free you to sin; it will free you from the condemnation and the guilt that comes when you do sin.
You might say, “Well, if God isn’t judging me for sin, why live holy?” That’s a good question, and to answer it, read what Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"
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War Is Over
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