Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
How can you and I prepare for the Apocalypse? How do we prepare for the certain and soon coming of the Lord? We look around the world and say, “What in the world is wrong with the world?” To answer that question, all you have to do is look in the mirror. You are the problem. I am the problem. The turmoil in the world today is because of a turmoil that exists in every human heart–a turmoil that is caused by sin, by rebellion against God. The Bible says we have all sinned. We have all rebelled against God, and everything that is wrong in the world today can be traced back to that rebellion against God, a rebellion we have all participated in. We have all sinned, the Bible says. We all are deserving of God’s judgment.
How can we be made right with God? How can we be at peace with God? Paul said in Romans 5:1, “Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The only way any of us are going to be at peace with God, the only way we can be assured of being welcomed into heaven, is to be justified by God. That word “justified” is a legal term that means “to be declared not guilty.” The only hope any of us has is that we will be found not guilty before God. But here is the problem: we are guilty before God. You don’t need me to tell you that. You have sinned; I have sinned; we have all sinned. We are guilty. How could God ever find us not guilty? That is the miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, He willingly took the punishment for your sin and my sin; and when we trust in Jesus for our salvation, in that great courtroom of heaven God bangs the gavel and says, “Not guilty. Justified. Freely forgiven forever.” The only hope we have to be at peace with God when He comes, or when we go to stand before Him in judgment, is to be found not guilty because of our faith in Jesus Christ. That is the way we prepare for the soon and certain return of Christ.
You say, “Pastor, I know I need to get things right with God someday. I know things aren’t what they should be and I will get around to it one day, but right now I have family responsibilities. I have a problem at work. I have this health issue I am dealing with. I am just starting out in life as a young adult. I have some living I want to do. I will get around to it eventually. There is no hurry.” That is the deception of Satan. The truth is, today is the only day you have. Today very well may be the last day that you have. That is why the Scripture says today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Jesus is coming again. Are you ready?
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “How Should We Now Live?” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2015.
Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.