Justified by Faith
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. ~Romans 5:1-2
Justification is one of the many rich, Bible words that describe for us something special that God does for His children. It is a word that has a judicial meaning. It has the meaning that a person who is guilty of a serious crime has now been cleared of all wrongdoing and his status going forward reflects a clean record, as if he had never committed the crime. Being justified means that God looks at us “just as if we never sinned.” Justification is the starting point in our journey of faith. This morning, we want to consider the door of faith and what happens when we walk through it and receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior.
We have an everlasting concord.
Justification enables us to have peace with God. Before we got saved, there was an animosity between us and God because of sin. Our sin alienated us from God. Frankly, we were the enemies of God. However, being justified removed that enmity and established a relationship of everlasting peace. This is important because the judgment of God was removed against us and we became forever the people of God.
We have an essential connection.
Romans 5:2 says, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” We have a favorable standing with God through this relationship. We are accepted in the beloved. We are able to enter into God’s presence through the Lord Jesus. His name is our means to answered prayer. He is our Mediator between God and man. He is our Advocate with the Father. This relationship enables us to call on the Father and say “Abba, Father.”
We have an effective comfort.
Paul said that we “rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Being justified enables us to have a positive and joyful spirit on our future outlook. No matter how bad things become in this life, we “rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” What does this mean? It means that, from an eternal perspective, we are on the winning side. Sufferings are win-win situations for us because God gets the glory. Tribulations are win-win situations for us because God gets the glory. Death is a win-win situation for us because to die is gain! This means that we can always look on the brighter side of things and rejoice because it is brighter.
A relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior allows us access into the eternal resources of God. God desires that His resources are matched up with our faith. God desires that our prayer requests match up with His resources.
There are no disappointments when we walk through the door of faith: only appointments! Read Romans 5, and grasp hold of the riches in glory that you have in the Lord Jesus. Remember, we walk by faith and not by sight!
Have a faith-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Chronicles 22-24