Peace With God

peaceTherefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ((Romans 5:1-5) 

“Having been” justified (it’s in the past tense). “We have” peace with God (in the present tense). 

Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we were justified. This is an ongoing, continued state for the true believer. The result of having been justified (having been declared righteous by God) is that we are now having (and hopefully enjoying) a state of peace in our relationship with Him. 

The peace of Romans 5:1 is not to be confused with the kind of peace that is described as inner calm or the absence of emotional turmoil (as in Philippians 4:6-7). Rather, the peace of Romans 5:1 is the kind of peace that involves the absence of war. It’s the peace of reconciliation, where two previously warring parties are now at one with one another. This is exactly what was produced by the gospel; now that we have been justified, we are at one with God. He has reconciled us to Himself. There is no more war between God and the believer, He has absolutely nothing against us. The result of justification is that we are now on friendly terms with the One who created us. He is not angry with us; He is actually for us. 

Now that we are having this peace with God, we are perpetually positioned in His grace. Whenever we want or need grace, we simply believe the Lord for it and grace flows once again. Undeserved Divine favor comes upon us. 

We also rejoice in the fact that one day, the full glory of God will be ours. We are being fashioned into that glory each and every day (2 Corinthians 3:18). But that is not all that the justified-having peace with God believer rejoices in; the believer also glories in his or her troubles. Yes, the believer actually does this … he glories in, exults in, and even boasts in the pressures and difficulties of this life. 

This boasting in troubles is possible because of what we know … we know that our tribulations are accomplishing something; they produce Christ-like virtues, eternal in value. While the troubles of the believer are no picnic, they do indeed make us able to endure, they improve our character, and they deepen our hope. We are confidently expectant that every single adversity we face is working in us! Our confidence is based solidly upon the fact that God loves us; His love is in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. 

For Further Review

1.  Describe and define peace with God as laid out in Romans 5:1-5. How has your understanding of what this means changed through this study?

2.  What are the results of this peace in your life? What are some potential implications of this peace for the believer?

3.  Why is it now possible to boast or glory in our troubles/tribulations? What do we know that makes this rejoicing possible?

4.  What prayer is on your heart to pray right now as you ponder these thoughts from Romans 5:1-5?

 

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  1. Gary Utile
    December 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Thank you for the reminder of the peace we have in God through Jesus.

    I’m forgetful, some things I want to forget, but peace with God I love to remember and meditate on, I want peace to be a huge part of my life and being. I want to hold on to it and also give it away.

    We love you.

    God’s blessings and Merry Christmas,
    Gary and Kim

  2. December 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Merry Christmas to you two as well! Thank you for the feedback, it’s always appreciated. Safe travels to you, say howdy to your kids for us!

    Love,
    Bill (and Sheri)

  3. December 26, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Good stuff Bill. As I pondered the above, I am reminded of the difference between having peace WITH God – no longer at enmity, or storing up wrath, but possessing His grace in limitless measure – and having the peace OF God as you also mention above. The two really are quite distinct from one another.

    A few years ago, as my wife was very ill, at the hospital in emergency surgery and hovering between life here or in heaven, I sat in my truck in the hospital parking lot, crying out to God. It had to only been a year since daughter Jessica had gone to heaven and I was in anything but a peaceful place. As I prayed, the Lord showed me that I was asking for peace according to my understanding – her prognosis was not good – and if He granted His peace on that basis, I would simply argue with Him. It was in that moment I understood for the first time, “the peace which passes understanding.” As my heart settled before Him, He showed me the simplicity and value of just receiving His peace, allowing it to penetrate my heart, and bypass *my reasons* for the truckload of strife I’d been enduring. I got out of my truck with the s-w-e-e-t-e-s-t peace I’d known to date, still praying for Stacey – yet praising God as well.

    In sharing the love of Christ with unbelievers, especially in crisis, I often share that God wants us to live peaceably – even in the midst of tough circumstances. Yet it’s fair to say that one cannot truly experience the peace of God until one has made peace with God – through the work of the cross.

    Blessings, brother. Hope you enjoyed Christmas with a houseful of love and laughter.

  4. December 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

    God bless you, John. Thanks for your testimony! Merry Christmas!

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