Having therefore been justified by faith, peace (shalom) we are having with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also our entree we have as a permanent possession into this unmerited favor in which we have been placed permanently, and rejoice upon the basis of hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1 Kenneth Wuest Translation
Yesterday we talked about God the Father and some not so well known aspects and characteristics of our relationship WITH Him. Today we are going to focus on what we have WITH Him and the Lord Jesus Christ and I believe it will be extremely eye-opening to us all. The scripture above says that since we are justified by faith or made righteous, peace which is really the Greek word eirene, which is the Hebrew word shalom we are ‘HAVING WITH’ God thru our Lord Jesus Christ. These connecting words are very key and it is extremely important that we understand and define them so that no benefit or provision from the Father thru Jesus is left on the table. Psalms 23 declares He has prepared a table for us in the presence of our enemies. What exactly is on that table?
One of the things there is shalom. Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Now the word have or having is the Greek word echo. It means to have, hold or possess. So based on those definitions we can read that scripture above this way and not take away from its structure, context or actual meaning.
Possessing therefore justification by faith, completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony and the absence of agitation or discord we now possess WITH God the Father through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through Jesus also we have our entrance into the permanent possession of (GRACE) unmerited favor in which we have been placed permanently and rejoice upon the basis of a confident expectation of good and a good opinion of God the Father and of the glory of God the Father. Romans 5:1 Kenneth Wuest Translation expanded thru Strongs definition.
You will notice that I keep capitalizing the word WITH. I will now tell you why. When this scripture talks of us having peace or shalom WITH God the Father it is two-fold at least. God the Father used to be angry with human kind because of sin. He is no longer. Jesus took all of His wrath upon Himself at the cross giving us and putting us at peace with God the Father. Let’s see this thru the Word of God.
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5;19 New Living Translation
So you see here it was Poppa Himself in Christ Who reconciled the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. It was God the Father Himself in Christ on the the cross. It should have been us but Jesus gave His Life FOR US, then turned around and gave His Life TO US!!!! This is key to the word WITH. Why? Because God the Father and Jesus live in completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony and the absence of agitation or discord. So thru Jesus’s finished work they have turned around and shared their very LIFE WITH US. God the Father is not content to give us a lesser life than He Himself has. He put a plan into action to give His Life to us. Meditate this. Understand this. It WILL change your life. This does not take place after you go to Heaven. This is ETERNAL LIFE and you HAVE it NOW!!!
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. I John 5:13 NIV
Get this into your consciousness and never let it go!
All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!