By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on June 20th, 2021 at 02:07 pm
Christian Doctrine On Peace and Happiness
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Those who are ‘beloved of the Lord’ must be the most happy and joyful people to be found anywhere upon the face of the earth.” This truth is proven by the born-again Christians. The fake Christians cannot experience real happiness with Christ since they don’t belong to Jesus. The apostle Paul said that only those indwelt by Christ’s Spirit belong to Christ. (Rom. 8:9) The joyfulness of God’s people is experienced by Christ’s followers whom our Lord imparts His own peace. It is the Christian doctrine of finding true happiness: The peace of Jesus and the hope of eternal life which our Lord gives to those who are His. (John 10:27-30)
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What is this Peace from Christ Himself?
This peace we experienced as true Christians is traceable back to Christ’s shed blood on the cross at Calvary. Our faith in Christ’s substitutionary death has satisfied God’s demand for righteousness. Wrote James: “[A]nd the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,’ and he was called the friend of God.” (Jas. 5:23) We are justified or made righteous by faith, said Paul. Therefore, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus. (cf. Rom. 5:1) Before our conversion, we were unhappy, confused, and insatiable. Even tons of love or money cannot pacify our consciences during times of depression, sickness, or coming death. Happiness just circles our peace of mind and heart and we can attain it only by Christ’s divine peace. It is His teaching in John 14:27:
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
What is this Hope of Eternal Life?
First, God is the God of hope. If we have no hope of eternal life, it is because our faith did not come from the Word of God. Second, Jesus is the only Giver of eternal life. (See John 10:28.) Hence, only our faith in Him and His promises can we have confidence in things unseen as life beyond the grave. This assurance of God’s love and salvation gives us hope and joy. In Romans, Paul said: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13) God’s Spirit is involved in making us happy. He will give us “all joy and peace in believing.” This hope that God gives to us won’t cause us disappointment and sorrow because it is God’s love poured into our hearts. (Rom. 5:5) The core of this hope is our eternal life in Christ Jesus. “[In] the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.” (Tit. 1:2)
Christ said, “[A]nd I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:28) If you are not happy with this promise, you can never be happy since other sources of joy are inferior to the assurance of our life after death.
The Christian doctrine of finding true happiness rests in Jesus. If you have Jesus—if you have His Spirit in your soul—you can never be insecure and unstable spiritually unless you worship the wrong Jesus.
When we talk about happiness in Jesus, some cannot digest this statement. Laughter or mockery becomes their quick exit from this truth. I mentioned in my other articles that when the topic is Buddha or Mohammad, people won’t be offended at all. But when the discussion centers on Christ and His promises, they would become restless and say all kinds of negative comments against born-again Christianity. Our Lord has a word for this matter. He said in John 15:25: “They hated Me without a cause.”
What about Meeting Our Needs by Asking Jesus—Is it a Christian Doctrine, Too?
From my book, Christian Teachings Revisited, I wrote the following:
“Christ once said, ‘Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.’ (John 14:13) Yes, we can be both well-off and happy. Our peace and abundance as believers glorify Christ. He’s not glorified if we live in pain and hunger for life. Who will say we’ve got a dead God if we look like angels because we’ve food on our table; have time to groom ourselves and money in our pockets?”
You will hear people in church assemblies saying if you are rich you are an unholy Christian. Christianity is equated by many as a religion of poverty and sufferings. The Roman Catholic Church wants this impression to control the Catholics. You can find more images about Christ’s suffering instead of His resurrection inside the Catholic Church. Again, the idea hinted at is servanthood and submission to the priests and pope. The Bible, however, teaches victory and abundance, even though the apostles were poor. Obedience just follows faith and faith grows in the soil of truth from the Scriptures. God gave us the picture of a Savior who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah,” a victorious King of kings. Christ said, “Whatever you ask in My name,” and He meant “whatever” which includes a financial blessing from God.
Since the birth of Christianity, the rich Christians were behind every mission work, every church built, every Bible printed. Christ will give us peace, hope, and assurance of a meal when our bodies need it by hard work, and not hunger and filth. I said “hard work” because God is against lazy Christians. The apostle Paul said, “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” (2 Thess. 3:10) Sloth is ungodliness.
This topic about Christian happiness is discussed thoroughly in Chapter Five of my book, Christian Teachings Revisited.
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