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Brenda & The Bible: The War is Over

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By Brenda Groves

The Post Newspaper Contributing Writer

 Dear Readers, I know we are past the Christmas season, but I just received permission to reprint this from a monthly newsletter I received in early December. I first heard this message years ago and it transformed my life, and how I relate to God. My relationship with Him grew in leaps and bounds because of these truths that I am about to share with you. Be blessed. 

“Have you ever wondered about the words the angels delivered at Jesus’ birth? They said in Luke 2:14, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ 

   This has traditionally been interpreted as a proclamation of peace on earth among men. That’s the way Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took it when he wrote the poem we now know as the Christmas Carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

   Longfellow had lost his wife to a fire that he tried to put out. In the process, he was so severely burned that he couldn’t attend his wife’s funeral. Then his eldest son, Charley, was several wounded in the Civil War, and they feared he might be paralyzed for life.

   On Christmas Eve 1863, Longfellow was contrasting this message of “peace on earth, good will toward men” with his own experience, and that led him to write these words:

    And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth,” I said; “For hate is strong, And mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men!”

   You might share these same sentiments, especially in the light of current events. The war in the Middle East has the potential of starting a third world war. Ungodliness seems to be on the rise at rates we’ve never witnessed in our lives.

   Our nation is polarized more than ever, and it seems civility has nearly ceased to exist. Where is this peace on earth that the angels proclaimed? It’s important to realize that the angels weren’t announcing peace among men. Jesus said as much in Matthew 10:34-36: ‘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.”

   The angel’s were praising God because Jesus would bring peace on earth between God and men. They were announcing the end of God’s war on man’s sin. This would be accomplished by Jesus taking our sin upon His own body on the cross. (1 Pet. 2:24) and totally paying the sin debt that we owed. (Rom. 6:23)

   You see, sin had separated man from God (Is. 59:1-2). Although God loved sinful man in spite of his sin, because He was holy, He had to punish sin as He promised Adam in Genesis 2:17. Under the Old Covenant, the Lord allowed men to substitute the death of an animal for their own death, but that was only symbolic. In a sense, God was forgiving sin on credit.

   But with the advent of Jesus, the real debt was going to be paid and there would be an end of hostilities from God toward those who would put faith in Jesus’ sacrifice. That’s what the angels were so excited about and we should be too.

   Sadly, much of the church hasn’t really proclaimed the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news of the Gospel. They still think their sins are separating them from the Lord. But for those who accept God’s gift of salvation, the war is over. All of our sin debt-past, present and even future sins-has been forgiven (Heb. 9:12, 15; 10:10, and 14).

   Praise God for Jesus and all He has done to reconcile us to His Father (2 Cor. 5:18-21.)

   This Christmas, I pray that the angels’ message will take on new meaning to you as you realize that you now have peace with God through faith in His grace (Rom. 5:1-2. Jesus is God’s greatest gift to mankind.

   This is one of the most radical things that I have ever taught. It’s not radical in the sense that it’s contrary to Scripture, but it’s radical compared to most religions today.

   Most religions teach a partial salvation in which your sins are forgiven to the extent that if you die, you will go to heaven, but every time you sin, you lose your right standing with God or some of your privileges, and you cannot expect God to move in your life. And you surely can’t expect God to use you if you have any problems in your life at all. The thing that’s wrong with this thinking is that all of us have problems. It’s just a matter of to what degree. James 2:10 says that if you keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, you become guilty of all.

   So, it’s not a matter of if you do nine out of ten things right, you get a ninety on your test. No. If you only do nine out of ten things right on God’s test, you flunk! You’ve either got to be perfect or you need a Savior who was perfect for you. Then you get everything based on what He did, not based on your performance. Not very many people understand this. 

   Through the offering of Jesus Christ- His one sacrifice- He entered once into the Holy place and obtained eternal redemption for us. Man, that is awesome. The key to the Christian life is learning how to walk in the Spirit and not walk in the flesh (Gal. 5:16). We need to learn how to walk in what Jesus has done for us instead of walking in what we do based on our own mental and emotional performance.

   “Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us; for after he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 10:15-17.”

Readers, this is a powerful truth!!! I pray the Lord will help us all to have a deeper understanding of this message as we grow in the intimate knowledge of Him.

(“The War Is Over” transcript reprinted with permission from Andrew Wommack Ministries- http://www.awmi.net.)

Contact Brenda Groves at: bkgroves1996@yahoo.com

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Iris Murphy Crow February 1, 2024 - 8:47 pm

Thanks for your article Brenda and the Bible! It’s inspiring and so uplifting! I’m sharing it with my church, Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. I found it through a link in NewsBreak news.


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