The Glory of Peace with God: Ephesians 2:11-22
Not only have we been brought near to God through the work of Christ, but according to verse 14, we are now at peace with God. When I read these words, the conversion testimony of the sixteenth century reformer Martin Luther comes to mind. Luther was a man given to the study of the word. The more he studied, and the more he recognized the holiness of God, the greater his sense of despair and even anger seized his soul. Luther tried everything that he could do to make himself acceptable to God, but realized his striving was useless. He saw himself as God’s enemy and without hope, till he read those precious words in Romans 1:17 “the just shall live by faith.” Some might see Luther’s anxiety and anger as an overactive conscience, but in reality it was an awakened conscience. Colossians 1:21-22 says that we were, “alienated and enemies in our minds by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled us through God through His death, to present us holy, unblameable, and unreproveable in his sight.” Romans 5:10 says that when we were “enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” And 2 Corinthians 5:18 says that “all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” We needed to be reconciled, because we were at war, but now by God’s grace we have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our sins are not just some unfortunate mistakes. They make us God’s enemies, and leave us without hope apart form His grace.