Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Joy and Peace Accompany Us

"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55: 12)

This verse was fulfilled when Jesus rebuked the religious leaders during His earthly ministry:

"37And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

38Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

40And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." (Luke 19: 37-40)
This passage is fulfilled today and forever because of what Jesus did at the Cross, fulfilling the Old Covenant and establishing the New.
"For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee." (Isaiah 54:10)
It's all about the grace of God, revealed to us by Paul (Galatians 1: 6), through Jesus Christ, full of grace and truth (John 1: 14).

Today, we who are in Christ must recognize that all of creation is groaning, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of men to stand out:

"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." (Romans 8: 22)

Now, what will cause of all of creation to rejoice?

That we are led with joy - and joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith," (Galatians 5: 22)

Also, the Kingdom of God within us is defined by joy, and also peace:

"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." (Romans 14: 17)

We have joy and peace accompany us, then, because of God's gift of righteousness, granted (and still being given to us) because of Jesus:

"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 17)

Do you hear the mountains and the trees clapping and singing? Get ready, because you have His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5: 21), joy and peace accompany you!

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