Word of the Month

Recognition First

November 1998

The recognition of God and his Son Jesus Christ, is the key to grace and peace. The apostle Peter pointed to this in his second letter, as found in scripture, where he gave voice to his wish: "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord" (cf. 2 Peter 1:2)

Recognition can be likened to a bright light in the soul. Just like faith, this is brought about by the word of God. When by the working of the Holy Spirit, the Godly truth through the gospel is grasped and understood then the light of recognition begins to shine and unlocks ever higher stages of the Godly plan of salvation, because the Spirit of God leads from one clarity into the next. Then one recognises that one needs grace and that the peace from God is essential. Only with this recognition does one make an effort to receive grace and to search for peace.

The Godly offer of grace is valid for all, though regrettably, many do not recognise it. They often pass it by unheedingly because the recognition of God and Jesus Christ is missing. The light does not shine in them and that is why they feel no need for grace. However, he that seeks grace and accepts the offer of God becomes happy and blissful; he also receives the Godly peace. The peace, that lay over the entire creation, and which originally determined God's relationship to man, was disrupted through sin. When sins are forgiven through the acceptance of the offer of grace, the way to the return of peace becomes free. The offer of Godly peace is always available. This peace, which is above all understanding, as apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians (cf. Philippians 4:7) shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The term "Peace", in Greek, has the meaning "to be together happily". With the Romans, the word "Pax" (peace) meant an orderly behaviour between two parties. In today's time, one describes a state of peace as a time when there is no war and no dispute.

And the peace out of God? It is unendingly higher, unendingly more meaningful. It grants the highest happiness - in the forgiveness and reconciliation with God through the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ!

Most sincerely,<br/>

Richard Fehr