Why Doesn't Jesus Understand Peace?
the book "Should You RUN From Jesus Always" I examine
a number of Jesus Always devotions. What I found was that
"Jesus" does not understand scripture. In this web exclusive
we'll look at another devotion and find out if Jesus does any better
understanding scripture than he has done in the devotions we look
at in the book. To get some variety were going to jump almost
to the end of the year to find out what Jesus has to say about Peace
(capital P) on December 8th. Here is how this devotion
I AM THE LORD OF PEACEthe only source of genuine Peace. I
give you this gift
You cannot just grab this blessing [Peace]
on the run. You need to set aside time for focusing on Me and enjoy
My Presence. Jesus Always, December 5th
We first need to understand what peace is. From the above
it appears it is a blessing from God that we get when we take time
to focus on Jesus and enjoy My Presence. It isnt
very clear, but it appears that Peace is a feeling we can have, if
we take the time to enjoy his Presence. Lets look
at another sentence from this devotion:
Many of My followers forfeit Peace because they think I am always
scrutinizing them through critical eyes. Jesus Always, December
Weve learned a couple of new things from this sentence.
This devotion is written to followers of Jesus, so these are believers.
And we know that our Peace can be lost. We forfeit Peace when we are
not correctly understanding God by thinking He is being critical of
One more section from this devotion will help us understand Peace
a little better.
You live in the midst of intense spiritual warfare, and My Peace
is an essential part of your armor. To stay on your feet during
battles, you must wear sturdy combat bootsthe Gospel of Peace.
This good news assures you that I love you and I am for you.
Jesus Always, December 8th
This section is particularly important because it includes
two italicized phrases, indicating these are scripture quotes. The
phrase The gospel of peace is a quote from Ephesians 6:15.
That verse is in a famous section of scripture about spiritual warfare:
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and
having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having
shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you
will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the word of God. Ephesian 6:14-17
John MacArthur, in his commentary on Ephesians, writes:
The gospel of peace is the marvelous truth that in Christ we
are now at peace with God and are one with Him. - John MacArthur,
New Testament Commentary, Ephesians, 1986, page 355
Since Jesus Always also refers to this as Gospel-Peace
[capital G and capital P]. Based on this it
appears we all are in agreement that this is the peace that results
from salvation and reconcilation with God.
But, theres a problem. The second quote from Jesus
Always says that we can forfeit Peace. That can't be! Tthe peace
referred to in Ephesians 6:15 is the peace that results from repenting
in trusting in Jesus
salvation. We can't lose our salvation,
so we can't lose this peace.
To be cllear, this is not just a peaceful easy feeling. This is a
peace between God and the believer, meaning we are no longer at war
with God. Before we are saved we are enemies of God. Now we are reconciled
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through
the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall
be saved by His life. Romans 5:10
When we are saved we are then at peace with God. This is the
gospel of peace referred to in Ephesians 6:15.
Roman soldiers wore boots with nails in them to grip the ground
in combat. The gospel of peace pertains to the good news that, through
Christ, believers are at peace with God and He is on their side
(Romans 5:6-10). It is that confidence of divine support which allows
the believer to stand firm, knowing that he is at peace with God
and God is his strength (see Romans 8:31, 37-39). John
MacArthur, Bible Commentary, 2005, page 1706
Once you are saved, no one can take that away from you. Once
you have the gospel of peace, nothing can take that away from you.
You remain at peace with God, forever. You may not always have emotional
peace, but nothing can make you an enemy of God again.
However Jesus Always says Many of My followers forfeit
Peace... Sarah Young's Jesus believes that we can
forfeit our peace with God... meaning we go back to being enemies
of God. That's simply not true. Once again this Jesus
does not understand scripture. Once again this Jesus blasphemes
God, taking away His glory, by stating that God cannot hold on to
His children. Romans 8 says that nothing can separate us from the
love of God, but apparently -- according to Jesus Always --
we can be separated from our peace with God. The "Jesus"
in Jesus Always is a very weak god.
Jesus Always is not Biblical truth... RUN!
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