“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ” Gal 1:3 (KJV)
In the first 3 parts of this series, we looked at the definition of grace and how grace is the necessary antecedent to peace. The grace of God is manifested in this, that the Son of God merited all righteousness on my behalf and that he bore all the imputed guilt of my sin on the cross and died for me. He is now raised from the dead and sitting at the right hand of the Father and making intercession on my behalf. This salvation from the just penalty for the sin which I’ve committed, is given to me by GRACE ALONE, apart from any good dead or work or preparation of any kind on my part. By the working of the Holy Spirit to work faith and repentance within me in order to take hold of salvation, I am now at reconciled to God and at peace before his justice.
The Baptist Catechism asks and answers the question this way:
Q29. How does Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executes the office of a priest, in His once offering up of Himself, a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us. (1 Peter 2:24; Heb. 9:28; Eph. 5:2; Heb. 2:17; 7:25; Rom. 8:34)
A few relevant scriptures related to the High Priestly role of Jesus and His work of reconciliation are given below.
Price of Peace
Over 700 years before Jesus would walk the Earth and make his atonement in blood, the Jewish prophet Isaiah prophesied concerning this coming Servant of Righteousness.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all… for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken… 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:3-12 (KJV)
The Prince of Peace
Now that this Servant of Righteousness has satisfied the just demands of the law, anyone who is His by Faith, has peace with God and is reconciled to Him.
19 For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fulness dwell; 20 and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; …
Col 1:19-20 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ… 2 Cor 5:17-21 (KJV)
GRACE -> JUSTIFICATION -> PEACE