I pray that since we have been
Justified through Faith,
Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Because God’s love has been poured out
into our hearts through the Holy Spirit
Who has been given to us.
You see, at just the
right time, when
we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.
Nothing makes me feel more alive than when I see God working His peace and Hope into people who are facing disagreements and dislike of the situations they are in.
Recently while talking with a mom who was feeling pushed aside, not wanted and not loved. I prayed for God to give me wisdom as I spoke truth into this hurting mama’s soul. This feeling of hopelessness and unrest was eating away at her and she felt completely void of love and appreciation.
This baggage that she was carrying around was exactly what Satan wanted her to be carrying, because while she was feeling weighted down by the possibilities of loneliness and alienation she was missing out on the possibilities of popularity and sociability. She was missing out on one of the most important things, she was loved by God and she was loved by her family.
There are other people who feel weighted down by feelings of being nonessential and undesirable. No one asks for these feelings and yet they seem to surface in people at various times in their lives.
Today I want to look at a different feeling. It is a beautiful legacy of love handed down to us from God……
Let’s see what Paul had to say about it:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 5:1-11 NIV
Recently I have enjoyed reading scripture in various translations.
Let’s read it a few more times but in different versions of the Bible.
Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! 3 We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. 5 This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.
6 For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked at the time that God chose. 7 It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. 8 But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! 9 By his blood we are now put right with God; how much more, then, will we be saved by him from God’s anger! 10 We were God’s enemies, but he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! 11 But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends. (Good News Translation)
1-2 Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future.
3-5 This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have only a hope of future joys—we can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us. Already we have some experience of the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.
6-8 And we can see that it was while we were powerless to help ourselves that Christ died for sinful men. In human experience it is a rare thing for one man to give his life for another, even if the latter be a good man, though there have been a few who have had the courage to do it. Yet the proof of God’s amazing love is this: that it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us.
9-11 Moreover, if he did that for us while we were sinners, now that we are men justified by the shedding of his blood, what reason have we to fear the wrath of God? If, while we were his enemies, Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through his living in us. Nor, I am sure, is this a matter of bare salvation—we may hold our heads high in the light of God’s love because of the reconciliation which Christ has made. (J.B. Phillips New Testament)
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (KJV)
Paul is reminding the Romans and us today that God has given us a gift offered by Christ. It is a gift that was brimming with all that they needed, and all that we need as His children.
Now that we have studied these verses lets ponder this question.
Why are we feeling so despised and unappreciated when God has loved us enough to die for us?
We can have real peace with Him because of what Jesus Christ did for us.
Because of our faith, He has brought us into a place of highest privilege.
We can hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well for we know how dearly God loves us.
Maybe at times we feel rejected and shunned because we never truly understood God’s warm love everywhere inside of us.
For the rest of the month I would like to unpack these 11 verses. Every Tuesday from now until the end of the month we will focus on these verses and God’s amazing love.
Today let’s just look at the first two verses.
Therefore, since we are justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have also obtained access through faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in hope of sharing the glory of God.
Take out your journal and write down these two verses adding your name to it to make it personal. For example… Therefore, since Laura is justified through faith, Laura has peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…
- name 1 thing that robs you of the peace that God has given you.
- Ask God to help you reclaim that peace in your life.
- Name 1 new hope you have now that you understand God’s love for you.
Oh Lord, inform our hearts. Let us get a glance of your love that you are pouring into our hearts. Some of us are carrying around baggage of animosity that is bulky and chaotic, which is robbing us of peace and hope. Will you help us to begin to accept and generate an area in our hearts for your love?