Monday, January 28, 2013

Peace with God, Justified by Faith

Ro. 5:1 is still speaking to me. "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand." NIV Application Bible says,
"We now have peace with God, which may differ from peaceful feelings such as calmness and tranquility. Peace with God means that we have been reconciled with Him. There is no more hostility between us, no sin blocking our relationship with Him. Peace with God is possible only because Jesus paid the price for our sins through His death on the cross. Paul states that as believers, we now stand in a place of highest privilege ("this grace in which we now stand"). Not only has God declared us not guilty, He has drawn us close to Himself. Instead of being enemies, we have become...His own children. (John 15:15; Gal. 4:5)

Reconciled with God. Jesus paid the price so we could be declared not guilty--no matter how great the sin. Drawn close to God by God Himself. Made His children. This is real love! This is real sacrifice! This is good, very very good news!

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