Big Words of the Christian Life: Justification (Part 3)

January 20, 2010 at 9:03 am | Posted in big words of the Christian life | 4 Comments
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Previously we have seen:
1. God’s Motive for justification; and
2. God’s Meaning of justification.

Then we saw:
3. God’s Method of justification

This time, I want to look at the Marks of justification – what happens to you when you have been justified.

First, you enjoy a right relationship with God.

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, emphasis added

A key element of this right relationship with God is having peace with God. Justification itself is not peace – it is a declaration of peace. If you were at war with an earthly enemy, and you surrendered, you would most likely be:
(a) killed; or
(b) humiliated.
When you surrender to God you are given life, freedom, and peace. Being unjustified, you have (idiotically) no fear of God – or a fear that makes you run from God. That’s where you would be if there was somehow “peace” without justification. Say, for example, if God decided not to attack you or to justify you, but gave you the realization of what you are and Who He is: this would cause you to flee from Him in fear. But, being justified, you still have a fear of God – only now it’s a fear that makes you run to God, not away from God.

In other words, being justified, we have peace with God, and freedom of fellowship with God. Unjustified, we would have no access to God because we would stand condemned before Him. Being justified, God’s grace is our complete sufficiency.

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, emphasis added

Blessings from God come by grace, so we are free to ask for blessings. After all, He has declared us to be righteous.

To review: Being justified, we have:
1. Peace with God
2. Freedom of fellowship with God
Furthermore:
3. We have hope.

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, emphasis added

Hope makes us rejoice. Our hope is in knowing that God will share His glory with us.


Entries and comments feeds.