1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 How much more then, since we have now been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 And not only that, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation (Romans 5.1-11).
Memory Verse: But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5.8).
One of Satan’s primary tactics against believers is that of making them doubt that salvation is secure forever or that it is real in their personal case. Perhaps for that reason, Paul describes one of the key parts of a Christian’s armor as “the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians. 6:17; I Thessalonians. 5:8), provided to surround and protect our minds against doubt and insecurity concerning our redemption (emphasis added). As Paul concluded chapter four, he was talking about Abraham and how God credited righteousness to him because of his faith and obedience to God’s commands.
But it was not only to Abraham, but to us also as we believe in Jesus Christ whom God raised from the dead (Romans 4. 24, 10.9). Not only was Jesus Christ raised for our righteousness, but He was given to cover our sins (II Corinthians 5.21), and raised from the grave for our justification. It is through all Christ did at the cross and in the grave that He justified us before His Father, paid the ransom for us, and freed us from sin.
Because we are justified by faith, by what we believe; what we have put our faith in. Our faith must be in what God has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ and what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross and in the grave. It is because of these things we have peace with God because of Jesus Christ. So, what did God do? What did Jesus do on the cross and in the grave?
The Apostle John writes, For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3.16, CSB). God sent His Son into the world to be our sacrificial replacement, we had a debt we owed and could not pay; therefore Christ came to pay it for us as long as we believe in Him we can have eternal life. Again, John writes, “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (I John 3.16, NASB95). God’s love sent His Son to give us eternal life by us putting our faith and trust in His and His promises.
What did Jesus Christ do on the cross and in the grave? At the cross He took the sins of the world upon Himself becoming sin Who knew no sin, enduring the shame of the cross so we could be set free from the bonds of sin and become heirs and joint heirs with Christ (II Corinthians 5.21; Hebrews 12.2; Romans 8.2; Revelation 1.5).
In the grave Christ defeated death and hell and became the firstborn of the resurrection (Acts 26.23; I Corinthians 15.20-28; Colossians 1.18;). Jesus Christ is the first to raise from the dead, He has conquered the grave, rising to sit at the right hand of the Father. Because He has risen from the dead, we have hope and faith in His promise He will return for us, whether we have died or are still alive Christ will take us home with Him because of His resurrection from the grave.
Therefore, we can take hold of Paul’s words he wrote to the church at Corinth, “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? “O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (I Corinthians 15.54.58).
It is because of these things we can have faith in God and Jesus Christ and we have peace with God through Jesus Christ because of His sacrifice on the cross and in the grave. We should be willing to share these amazing realizations with others just as God has shared them with us. Let His light shine out of us into this dark and dying world so they may come into the saving knowledge of who God and Jesus Christ is.
Our Father, Lord and King, You are gracious, and merciful, thank You for Your love and kindness and Your sacrifice in sending Your Son to die in my place. Lord help me to continue to memorize Your Word, and have opportunities to share Your gospel with others each day. Lord, help me to be the best example of Your amazing love, and graciousness as You have showed for me both on the cross and in the grave. Help me to be kind to others, help when I can and love always. Lord thank You for Your wisdom and understanding and give me the words to say when those opportunities arise. All this I pray in Your Son Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
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