TO HAVE PEACE
by Tony Alamo
“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth” (Psa. 2:10). “Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (Psa. 3:2-3). “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for Thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: Thy blessing is upon Thy people. Selah” (Psa. 3:6-8). “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psa. 4:8).
Mathew 24:1 says, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple [the same temple He said He would destroy and then rebuild in three days1].”
When we are in the will of God, we are the temple of God, which Jesus truly rebuilt without hands.2 This is only possible because Jesus with the Father by the Spirit lives in us, and hasn’t departed from us.3 Then we can be Holy and perfect and do nothing that God’s Word condemns.4 We are able to have peace, lay ourselves down in peace, no matter where we are, and sleep, for our Lord Jesus Christ makes us dwell in safety.5
In the book of Acts, “Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed [murdered] James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after [the Passover] Easter [the celebration now of the resurrection of Jesus] to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping [sleeping peacefully, as though nothing of great importance was happening] between two [guards] soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews” (Acts 12:1-11). There is such peace when the Lord is on your side. You are able to sleep in sweet peace, even in these end days before Jesus returns to earth.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18). The entire personality of a Christian needs to be sanctified.6 This is the precise work of Jesus; He is the author of sanctification.7 Holiness produces wholeness, completeness in the former redeemed sinner.8 This is a very real out-working of a full surrender to Jesus, the sanctifier. Sanctification is a true separation from sin and self.9 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thes. 5:23-24).
God sent His angel to free Peter because he was consecrated to the Lord, and whether he lived or died, he was the Lord’s.
The prominence given unto Christian holiness, along with the doctrine and the obvious fulfillment of the prophecies of the soon second coming of Jesus is, of course, one of the signs of the times. You may have observed the tremendous opposition to the gospel by following my church and seeing the opposition these two subjects have received, along with the deepest prejudice with which these subjects are frequently bashed. The world does not want to hear it. They want to sin; they reject the Lord and His doctrine.10 What a pity! What foolishness! However, even the world has an idea that the wrath of God is soon to come, and in their ignorance they are doing their best outwardly to prepare for it, in vain. The true people of God are reaching out for a higher and deeper life in Him. The Holy Spirit is warning Christians to get ready, and to do it quickly!11 The term “the God of peace” tells us that it is useless to seek sanctification until we have been reconciled to God and have come to know Him as the God of peace.12
We are to have a justification thoroughly accepted, one which banishes all doubt and fear and makes God to us “the very God of peace” (I Thes. 5:23). This is mandatory, indispensable to any real and abiding experience of sanctification. This is no longer the secret cause of our failure in reaching the higher experience for which we long for. “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psa. 11:3). If there are broken parts and loose stones falling away in the foundation of our spiritual life, what must we do? We need to lay again for ourselves the solid groundwork of faith in the pure and easy to understand Word of God and the finished work of redemption, and we need to do it immediately. In the complete assurance of faith, we must accept without emotion and without question the easy to understand promises, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” (John 3:36), and “him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). Take your stand on the Rock of Ages, then begin to build the temple of holiness. The verse “The very God of peace” tells us sanctification is the pathway to a deeper peace, even the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philip. 4:7). Justification gives us peace with God and sanctification.
The cause of all of our unrest is sin! “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isa. 57:20-21). However, the direct opposite is “Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Psa. 119:165). God is disappointed with His people’s disobedience and states, “O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea” (Isa. 48:18).
Sanctification brings the soul in harmony with God and the laws of its own being. Then there is peace, even if you’re in prison chained with two or more chains between two soldiers. Peace cannot be experienced in any other way. Sanctification brings into the spirit the abiding presence of the very God of peace Himself, and our peace then is nothing less than the deep, Godly tranquility of His own eternal calm.
The deeper meaning of Isaiah 48:18 is that sanctification is the work of God Himself. The original Greek translates I Thessalonians 5:23 this way: “The God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly.” The Word emphatically expresses God’s own direct personality as the Author of our sanctification. It is not our work or by our means or by our hard labor.13 This is God’s own prerogative. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the inheritance that has been prepared for all who will enter in, the great goal and gift for our faith, not our works. It is divine Holiness, not of human self improvement or perfection. It is the inflowing into mankind’s being of the life and purity of the infinite, eternal, and holy one, bringing His own perfection and working out in us His own will. This is so easy, so spontaneous, a delightful and divine way of holiness.
Peter had given up until he saw the manifestation of Jesus having been resurrected from the dead. After witnessing the resurrection, he was converted and could sleep peacefully on the eve of what he thought would be his execution.14 Later he willingly suffered martyrdom, peacefully knowing that he would in a moment be in eternal bliss. It was the complete work of God.
The Psalmist David, King of Israel, died in his own bed, like millions of others.15 This also was the work of God!
“Without faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Heb. 11:6). Peter and all the others had peace. You can also have the peace that passes all understanding if you surrender all to God in the name of Jesus.16
Start now by saying this prayer:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow Jesus for the purpose of mortifying your flesh, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God with Christ on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God in Christ on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, submit yourselves one to another, and do what the Word says so that the church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God’s Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Yours in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Pastor Tony Alamo
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How To Have Peace footnotes:
1. John 2:19 return
2. John 14:15-18, 23, 15:10, I Cor. 3:9, 16-17, 6:19-20, II Cor. 6:16-18, Eph. 2:18-22, I John 3:24, II John 9, Rev. 3:19-20 return
3. Isa. 41:10, John 14:16-21, 23, 15:5, 16:7, 17:21-23, 26, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 2:19-22, Heb. 13:5, I John 2:20, 27, II John 9 return
4. Matt. 5:48, Rom. 8:1, 11:16, 12:2, II Cor. 7:1, Eph. 4:11-13, Philip. 2:12-13, Col. 1:27-29, II Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 13:20-21, Jas. 1:4, I Pet. 1:15-16, II Pet. 3:13-14, I John 3:6-10, Rev. 14:4 return
5. Psa. 3:5-6, 4:8, 23:4, 27:3-5, 46:1-3, II Tim. 4:18 return
6. Ezek. 36:25-27, Matt. 18:3, John 1:11-13, 16, 3:3-8, 5:24, 14:12, Acts 26:18, Rom. 6:3-13, 7:6, 15-25, 8:1-10, 12:1-2, 13:14, II Cor. 3:18, I Pet. 1:15-16 return
7. Matt. 5:48, John 8:10-12, 9:5, 11:9-10, Rom. 6:16-23, II Cor. 4:3-7, 7:1, Eph. 4:22-24, I Thes. 4:7, Heb. 12:5-14, James 1:16-18, I Pet. 1:15-16 return
8. Rom. 6:22, II Cor. 7:10-11, Eph. 4:21-24, Col. 2:9-13, 4:12, I Thes. 3:12-13, 4:1-7, Heb. 12:14 return
9. I Cor. 3:16-17, 10:21, II Cor. 6:14-18, Eph. 5:25-27, James 4:4, I Pet. 1:14-16, 2:9, 11-12, 24, 4:1-2, II Pet. 3:14, I John 1:6-7, 2:15-16, 3:3-10, 5:18, II John 4, III John 11, Rev. 14:2-5, 19:7-8 return
10. Matt. 11:20, Rev. 2:20-21, 9;20-21, 16:10-11 return
11. Matt. 24:42-44, Mark 13:32-37, I Thes. 5:2, II Pet. 3:10-14, Rev. 2:7, 3:11, 22:7, 12-15 return
12. Prov. 8:17, Isa. 1:18, 59:2, 64:6, John 3:3-8, 16-18, 15:14, Rom. 5:1, 6:1-11, 8:1-10, 10:9-13, 15:33, II Cor. 5:17-21, I Pet. 3:11-12 return
13. John11:25-26, 20:31, Gal. 2:16, 3:1-6, Eph. 2:8-10, II Tim. 1:8-10, Tit. 3:4-7 return
14. Acts 12:1-11 return
15. Gen. 5:5, 8, 11, 27, 9:28-29, 11:10-32, 15:1, 15, 23:1, 25:7-10, 35:27-29, 47:7-9, 28, 49:33, 50:26, Deut. 34:7, Josh. 24:29, Judg. 8:32, I Chron. 29:26-28, I Kings 2:10-11 return
16. Isa. 26:3, Matt. 11:28-30, John 14:27, Acts 2:38, 26:20, I Cor. 14:33, Phlp. 4:6-7 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return