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Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we …..rejoice  in the hope of glory of God..”Romans 5:1-3  

2.The second mark of the  certainty of salvation is, the direct access opened to the redeemed soul.  Romans 5: 2 reads, ”  …by whom also we have access  by faith into this grace….” This access opened unto the believer is the second level of Christian experience, which is a distinct advance upon the previously mentioned experience with God.  Bear in mind, that peace itself signifies merely the cessation of hostilities. It does not necessarily  mean the resumption or, the introduction of friendship. In other words, there could have been peace established without any subsequent fellowship. So long as the soul was at enmity with God, there could be nothing but a sense of apprehension, fear, and shame, rather than boldness, rejoicing and loving communion.

Now, of course, “the peace of God” through the “grace of God” does signify that there is no remaining  hostility, outward or inward.  And  that a condition of fellowship and love follows, after that peace has been established!!  Just as the fear of God’s wrath and judgment destroys any tranquility between the soul and God, so the “peace of God” suffices the soul with a great relief, and joy! In this not only the soul does experience a great relief, which follows the knowledge that God is no longer angry, but also there is such an overwhelming joy in this wonderful knowledge!

Perhaps the most blessed characteristic of this Christian experience of fellowship with God is  its inalienability. It can not be lost.  the Apostle Paul indicates this by saying it is the grace, “.. wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God..”  So this fellowship is ” immovableand it is also of permanent duration. All other joys with which we ever have any acquaintance in this life are what we may call “furlough” pleasures. Such joys are spoiled, to a degree, by the realization that it will soon come to an end.

Is it not true of all earthly pleasures that they are called “furlough” pleasures? that they all have a terminal date, no matter how genuine, soul enriching and up lifting they might be? Sooner or later they might come to an end! The awareness of this fleetingness of the most exquisite of  our pleasures  diminishes the pleasure itself very greatly.  On the other hand, how wonderfully the knowledge of the joy and fellowship of the Lord will continue, contributes to the present  enjoyment of them.

The believer’s joy and fellowship in the Holy Ghost, is the only kind of pleasure, with which we are familiar in this world, which is pure, unalloyed, and augmented  pleasure, because it is  “the grace of God wherein we stand”, rooted and immovable. That is why our Lord said, in John 10:10, “….. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”    That is what the Apostle Paul was speaking of when he called Christians conquerors in Romans 8;37, “… Nay in all things we are more than conquerors  through him that loved us.

Wishing  All Our Canadian Friends  A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Day!!  May you enjoy a wonderful day, with your Families, Friends, and Loved ones!! 

To be continued…………………..

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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