Peace With God
Therefore, 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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