Archive for July 12th, 2019

Romans 5:1-2

In Romans 5:1-2 Paul begins to share the benefits of being justified through faith. He has spent the first four chapters of Romans making the point that the only way to salvation is to be justified by grace through faith unto righteousness. Now he shifts gears to focus on the benefits that go with that faith. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Being justified speaks of a legal decree. We are all guilty before God without faith, but because of what Jesus did and the righteousness that we can have freely through grace based on faith, our guilty sentence is transformed to one of being justified and free.

The first benefit of our faith is peace with God. Because the price is paid in full by the work of Jesus on the cross, God’s justice towards us is eternally satisfied. This is not the peace of God, but rather peace with God; the battle between God and our self is finished – and He won, winning us. This peace can only come through our Lord Jesus Christ. He and His work is our entire grounds for peace. In fact, Jesus is our peace. Remember that the Bible doesn’t say we have peace with the devil, peace with the world, peace with the flesh, or peace with sin. Life is still a battle for the Christian but it is no longer a battle against God – it is fighting for Him.

The second benefit we have is a standing in grace – in God’s unmerited favor. This grace is given through Jesus and gained by faith. Grace is not only the way salvation comes to us, it is also a description of our present standing before God. It is not only the beginning principle of the Christian life, it is also the continuing principle of the Christian life. “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Many Christians begin in grace, but then think they must go on to perfection and maturity by dealing with God on the principle of law – on the ideas of earning and deserving. Paul makes it clear that is not the case. Grace is all we will ever need.

A standing in grace reassures us: God’s present attitude towards the believer in Christ Jesus is one of favor, seeing them in terms of joy, beauty, and pleasure. He doesn’t just love us; He likes us because we are in Jesus. Standing in grace means that:

  • I don’t have to prove I am worthy of God’s love.
  • God is my friend.
  • The door of access is permanently open to Him.
  • I am free from the “score sheet” – the account is settled in Jesus.
  • I spend more time praising God and less time hating myself.

Newell wrote this about The Proper Attitude of Man under Grace

  • To believe, and consent to be loved while unworthy, is the great secret.
  • To refuse to make “resolutions” and “vows”; for that is to trust in the flesh.
  • To expect to be blessed, though realizing more and more lack of worth.
  • To testify of God’s goodness, at all times.
  • To be certain of God’s future favor; yet to be ever more tender in conscience toward Him.
  • To rely on God’s chastening hand as a mark of His kindness.
  • A man under grace, if like Paul, has no burdens regarding himself; but many about others.

Grace is all we need. There is nothing else required!

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