Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost

Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost

Romans 14:17,18

The Lord does not want believers to be bogged down by ‘non-essentials’. He expressly gives us a checklist of what the kingdom life entails – “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost”.

These three virtues are not mutually exclusive – they work together.

 Every good Christian must not only possess righteousness, peace, and  the joy in the Holy Ghost, but must be a channel through which these virtues flows to the world.

“If you carefully fulfill the various duties of life, from a principle of obedience to your heavenly Father, you shall enjoy that peace which the world cannot give nor take away.” – Samuel Adams.

P1. Righteousness: The Door to Divine Peace

Isaiah 32:15-18; 48:22; 57:19-21; Job 22:21-30

Righteousness unlocks Divine peace:

  • Many people want the peace of God, but they don’t want the God of peace
  • Only those who have made peace with the Prince of Peace can enjoy the peace of God
  • It is the righteousness imparted by the Holy Ghost that brings divine peace; self-righteousness begets condemnation (Philippians 3:7-11)

“…Your peace will be like a river, when you put away your sin; but not one word of true peace, not one drop of true comfort, can you have till then” – Alexander Whyte.

P2. Peace: The Derivative of Divine Righteousness

Isaiah 26:3,4; John 14:26,27;16:32,33; Philippians 4:6-9

Peace is the reward for possessing the righteousness of God:

  • Don’t confuse the peace of God with the ‘peace’ from gold
  • Divine peace is perfect peace; the peace from the world and its idols only leave us in pieces
  • Divine peace cannot be derived from creature comfort, but from the companionship of the Comforter even in the stormy seas of life (Psalm 119:165)

“If you see a man unterrified in the midst of dangers, untouched by desires, happy in adversity, peaceful amid the storm, will you not say: a divine power has descended upon that man?” Seneca.

P3. Joy: The Determinant of Divine Peace

Psalm 30:1-5; Esther 4:3; 8:3,15-17; Isaiah 61:1-7; Nehemiah 8:9-12

Joy gives hands and legs to Divine Peace :

  • Joy springs up from the well of divine peace in the heart of the righteous
  • It is the outward reflection and expression of the divine peace within
  • It is the Holy Ghost (the Comforter) who imparts joy to the believer
  • This divine joy is protected from the external circumstances and situation of the righteous (1 Samuel 1:10;15-18; 2 Corinth. 12:7-10)
  • A joyless Christian life is a contradiction in terms – we are happy people!

“If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere”Billy Sunday.