Doesn't Jesus Understand Peace?
the book "Sarah Young's Jesus Always Devotion EXPOSED!" I examine
a number of Jesus Always devotions. What I found was that "Jesus"
does not understand scripture. In this web exclusive we'll look at another devotion
and find out if Jesus does any better understanding scripture than he has done
in the devotions we look at in the book. To get some variety were going
to jump almost to the end of the year to find out what Jesus has to say about
Peace (capital P) on December 8th. Here is how this devotion starts:
I AM THE LORD OF PEACEthe only source of genuine Peace. I give you this
You cannot just grab this blessing [Peace] on the run. You need to
set aside time for focusing on Me and enjoy My Presence. Jesus Always,
We first need to understand what peace is.
From the above it appears it is a blessing from God that we get when we take time
to focus on Jesus and enjoy My Presence. It isnt very clear,
but it appears that Peace is a feeling we can have, if we take the time to enjoy
his Presence. Lets look at another sentence from this devotion:
Many of My followers forfeit Peace because they think I am always scrutinizing
them through critical eyes. Jesus Always, December 8th
learned a couple of new things from this sentence. This devotion is written
to followers of Jesus, so these are believers. And we know that our Peace can
be lost. We forfeit Peace when we are not correctly understanding God by thinking
He is being critical of us.
One more section from this devotion will help
us understand Peace a little better.
You live in the midst
of intense spiritual warfare, and My Peace is an essential part of your armor.
To stay on your feet during battles, you must wear sturdy combat bootsthe
Gospel of Peace. This good news assures you that I love you and I am for you.
Jesus Always, December 8th
This section is particularly
important because it includes two italicized phrases, indicating these are
scripture quotes. The phrase The gospel of peace is a quote from Ephesians
6:15. That verse is in a famous section of scripture about spiritual warfare:
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put
on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the
preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield
of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the
evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the word of God. Ephesian 6:14-17
in his commentary on Ephesians, writes:
The gospel of peace
is the marvelous truth that in Christ we are now at peace with God and are one
with Him. - John MacArthur, New Testament Commentary, Ephesians, 1986, page
Since Jesus Always also refers to this as Gospel-Peace
[capital G and capital P]. Based on this it appears we
all are in agreement that this is the peace that results from salvation and reconcilation
But, theres a problem. The second quote from Jesus
Always says that we can forfeit Peace. That can't be! Tthe peace referred
to in Ephesians 6:15 is the peace that results from repenting in trusting in Jesus
salvation. We can't lose our salvation, so we can't lose this peace.
be cllear, this is not just a peaceful easy feeling. This is a peace between God
and the believer, meaning we are no longer at war with God. Before we are saved
we are enemies of God. Now we are reconciled with God.
if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son,
much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Romans
When we are saved we are then at peace with God.
This is the gospel of peace referred to in Ephesians 6:15.
soldiers wore boots with nails in them to grip the ground in combat. The gospel
of peace pertains to the good news that, through Christ, believers are at peace
with God and He is on their side (Romans 5:6-10). It is that confidence of divine
support which allows the believer to stand firm, knowing that he is at peace with
God and God is his strength (see Romans 8:31, 37-39). John MacArthur,
Bible Commentary, 2005, page 1706
Once you are saved, no
one can take that away from you. Once you have the gospel of peace, nothing
can take that away from you. You remain at peace with God, forever. You may not
always have emotional peace, but nothing can make you an enemy of God again.
However Jesus Always says Many of My followers forfeit Peace...
Sarah Young's Jesus believes that we can forfeit our peace with God...
meaning we go back to being enemies of God. That's simply not true. Once again
this Jesus does not understand scripture. Once again this Jesus
blasphemes God, taking away His glory, by stating that God cannot hold on to His
children. Romans 8 says that nothing can separate us from the love of God, but
apparently -- according to Jesus Always -- we can be separated from our
peace with God. The "Jesus" in Jesus Always is a very weak god.
Jesus Always is not Biblical truth... RUN!