Even Demons Believe, Chapter Six

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6. God’s Terms of Peace

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  • Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)

Go in peace,” Jesus told the woman forgiven of sin. The world hungers for peace and countless men and women search to find some tranquility in their lives. This feeling cannot be achieved or found until they find peace with God. God is the only source for lasting peace and when we discover rest with Him we obtain the Peace of all peace. He is the fountain to the rivers of peace that ow through a man’s life. Without Him, peace cannot be found. What allowed the woman to hear Jesus’ gentle, loving words? What did she have that so many miss?

Jesus came to bring us peace with God, but unfortunately most do not realize that God wars against them. Most falsely believe God is on their side even while their lives remain loaded down with sinfulness. Multitudes of preachers and pastors preach a false message that God has forgiven them without repentance and obedience to God’s way of salvation.

While it is true that God loves us, it is also true that right now God prepares to judge the world and to send the vast majority of individuals, whether in the church or outside it, to hell. His just judgment comes and those not at peace with Him will be tortured in hell forever and ever. is is why God tells us to “make every eort” to be saved.

Let’s examine how a man comes to peace with a God who is at war with him. What “terms of peace” does Jesus command us to “sit down” and think about?

  • Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not rst sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. (Luke 14:31–32)

Again Jesus says, “First sit down and consider” what it means to obtain “peace” with God. It is not just a matter of a simple salvation call, speaking in tongues, or asking Jesus in your heart. Indeed, experiencing miracles does not signify that a person is saved. Only those who have sat down, counted the cost, and paid the price, travel the road of salvation.

Since none can pay the price for their sins, we should, while God stays a “long way of” from condemning us, ask for His “terms of peace.” Don’t ask for your church’s terms of peace, nor listen to your opinion about this matter. Get to know God’s “terms of peace” and how to accept them, for He leaves no margin for error in this matter.

Join a “delegation” that moves out to meet God on His terms before the judgment day and surrender all. at this, find a church that understands and lives these “terms of peace.” And when you find one, join them in their “effort” to be “found spotless, blameless, and at peace with” God.

  • So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and
    at peace with him. (2 Peter 3:14)

Do you really think you can “oppose” God’s army? Howmany foolishly believe their opinion about Scripture willchange God’s mind? How foolish to fight against God by thinking that discipleship is not required for salvation. Our logical gymnastics will not impede God’s judgment from marching forward by a single step. A church’s empty definition of grace will not succeed against God’s army and survive the battle. It is a war lost before it begins, to try and water down God’s way of salvation. Better to fully surrender to God and receive His blessings, than raise one argument that will forfeit paradise.

Truths To Ponder, Beliefs To Examine

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

1. Which Way to Salvation?

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  • This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls …” (Jeremiah 6:16)

Every church has their method for getting to heaven, so how can a person know the correct path? With all the
different beliefs and opinions about what it means to be a Christian, no wonder so many people feel thoroughly confused. In fact, many have given up the search for God altogether because the task to discover the truth seems too overwhelming. Additionally, many today falsely think that opinion equals belief, and if we think something sincerely enough, God will accept us. To further compound the problem, multitudes of hypocritical “Christians” claim they know God. All of these things and more frustrate those with an honest search for God.

To find the answers, we need to follow Jeremiah’s direction: “Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is” and then “walk in it.” Through these God-given words we will find “rest for” our “souls.”

In Luke 7:48 Jesus told a woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” God forgave every wrong thing in her actions and thoughts. Those words are the sweetest words a man or woman can ever hear.

God’s forgiveness should set us free and light our hearts aflame with an undying love for Him. In order to hear those words, we must first consider what it means to be a Christian. Otherwise, we place ourselves in danger of being “denounced” by the very God who touches our lives with love and power. As the following Scripture demonstrates, Jesus disowned those whom God had touched in a powerful way because they would not “repent.” With this in mind, let us look at what it really means to be a Christian, how one becomes a Christian, and the requirements to keep from being “denounce[d]” by God. In short, let us see the truth according to Jesus.

  • Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most ofhis miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. (Matthew 11:20)

When Jesus walked on the earth, He made Christians in a very odd fashion. Jesus won souls, as we shall see, in a manner that may surprise most. This book examines how someone becomes a Christian according to Jesus.

Most individuals, who consider themselves Christians, have responded to God’s love in a way that would not receive Jesus’ approval. As Paul stated in the book of Romans, they did not “submit” to God’s way of salvation and instead “sought to establish their own.”

  • Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. (Romans 10:3)

Every church and denomination has their methods for saving individuals. Each has “established their own” way of salvation. But God declared long ago that only “one” way leads to heaven.

  • … one Lord, one faith, one baptism … (Ephesians 4:5)

Each man must make a decision to either submit to God’s righteousness or embrace man’s religious ways. God’s righteousness grows eternally, but the peace and security of man offers only empty hope.

In the church today, we have established many different ways to become a Christian. People can come forward after a sermon, raise their hands, attend classes, speak in tongues, or repeat the words someone tells them to say. The salvation calls, coming forward to accept Jesus, vary from church to church, but which one is of God? Let us go back and look at how Jesus made someone a Christian. We will look at Jesus’ salvation call, and if it does not match up to ours, let us repent and “submit to God’s righteousness.”

Truths To Ponder, Beliefs To Examine

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

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