As we continue through the book of Romans, we’re now beginning Chapter 5. Paul has showed us the walk of faith with Abraham as our example. He now wants to take us deeper into this walk of righteousness by faith.
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. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
This Scripture is jam-packed with truth. It amazes me to see everything that God includes in our salvation. It’s not just about being declared righteous and justified, even though they’re definitely the most important parts.
This verse tells us that because we have this righteousness by faith, we hold peace toward God through Jesus Christ. An understanding of what this peace means is critical to our spiritual health.
The word, peace, in this verse means the opposite of war. God is no longer our enemy. It’s the New Testament equivalent of the Hebrew word, Shalom – nothing missing, nothing broken. We barely understand this kind of peace.
For a full Scriptural explanation of this peace, you can read Ephesians 2:11-22.
When we receive God’s peace, there’s so much that comes with it.
Then he [Jesus] said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Peace includes our healing.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Peace includes victory over Satan.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Peace with God is the answer to all of our need. We have nothing to fear or worry about when we’re walking in the peace of God.
On top of all that, we also have (through faith), admission into the grace that we’re now standing in. Those are the two sides of the blessing. I have faith towards God. Then He responds by giving me His grace.
This is the key to all we’ve been given in Christ. I come to the Lord in faith and I’m granted His peace. Then, peace with God is my admission ticket to His grace.
Because of faith in God, we’re declared righteous, and we hold peace with God, and we’re granted admission into grace.
I can’t imagine anything greater that God could have provided for us. Allow this truth to saturate your walk with the Lord.
Question: How has peace with God changed your spiritual life?
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