There are little islands
of peace all over the world. I am referring to men
and women who have peace with God.
The key to Romans chapter
five is the word "rejoice." The person who has been
justified by faith in Jesus Christ can rejoice
because of the results of believing on Christ. This
is obvious from the opening word in chapter five,
"Therefore." Because of our new relationship to God
we can rejoice in our spiritual position, we rejoice
in our present circumstances and we rejoice in LORD
WE CAN REJOICE IN OUR
COMPLETE ASSURANCE (5:1).
We have a new spiritual
position before God.
We have been
justified by faith.
Paul restates the great
truth of Romans chapters three and four. "Therefore
having been justified by faith . . ." (Rom. 5:1).
The Bible makes it very
clear that we have sinned. "For all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We
are still sinners. There is no denying that fact
unless we are completely naïve and self-deceived. We
know from personal experience that we have failed
When the Bible speaks of
justification it means to declare righteous. When a
convicted sinner puts His faith in the atoning
sacrifice of Jesus Christ for his sins a righteous
God declares righteous the believing sinner. God the
Father sees our faith in His Son and forgives us our
sins against Him. The blood of Jesus His Son
cleanses us of every sin. We now have a new
relationship with a holy God. We are justified by
faith in what Christ did for us on the cross.
Since the Father is
satisfied with His Son, He is also satisfied with
those who believe in His Son's death and
God sees our faith and
declares us right with God! Pardoned! Forgiven!
Acquitted! It is a once and for all act of God
whereby He declares us righteous in His sight.
Keep in mind Paul's
declarations on justification in Romans. "For we
maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from
works of the Law" (Rom. 3:28). He sums up his
illustration from the life of Abraham. He says, " .
. . for our sake also, to whom it will be credited,
as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our
Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over
because of our transgressions, and was raised
because of our justification" (Rom. 4:24–25).
How can Paul make such
declarations? It is based upon the death of Jesus
for our sins. "But God demonstrates His own love
toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us. Much more then, having now been
justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the
wrath of God through Him. For if while we were
enemies we were reconciled to God through the death
of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we
shall be saved by His life" (Rom. 5:8–10).
In Galatians 2:16 Paul
makes the greatest statement of salvation by grace
through faith as opposed to a salvation by works. He
writes, "a man is not justified by the works of the
Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have
believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be
justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of
the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will
How do we become a child
of God? "For you are all sons of God through faith
in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26).
Here is Paul's formula
for evaluating the basis of our assurance of
salvation. "For neither is circumcision anything,
nor uncircumcision, but a new creation" (Galatians
6:15). For him it was not a matter of being a member
of the Jewish nation, or having the sign of the
covenant. The crucial need was to be born
spiritually. For us today it is not our good works,
or baptism, or church membership, or taking
communion. Our eternal life depends on our
relationship to Christ. Am I a new creation? Have I
put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for a
right relationship with God? You fill in the blanks.
"For neither is ________________ anything, nor
__________________, but a new creation." What are
you depending upon for being right with God?
Only Christ will do.
"Justified" and "faith"
were explained and illustrated in the life of
Abraham. He was declared to be God's friend. Abraham
entered a close relationship with God when he
believed God would do what He had promised. This
intimate love relationship with God was given as a
gift. There was no merit involved. It was by faith
alone, believing that God would do as He had
Justification is a legal
declaration by God the Father pronouncing the lost
sinner acquitted because he has put his faith in the
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save him.
The moment you believed God declared you just in His
eyes. Some other things happened, also. For more
discussion on this topic please read Abiding in
We have "peace with
God" (v. 1).
Since we have been
justified by faith, the first result Paul says is we
have peace with God. If you have really believed on
Christ, you will have peace with God. If you are
justified you are a member of His family. There is
no longer any hostility between you and God. You are
at peace with Him. We are no longer held in fear of
God. We don't have to worry about dying and facing
God. The prospect of death does not hold a dreadful
fear or terror over us because we know we have peace
with Him. Because we are justified, we have lost our
fear of God. We now have an intimate love
relationship with Him. Christ has resolved our most
basic fears in life. Perfect love casts out all
fear. It is now a loving relationship with God
because we have been reconciled to Him.
"Therefore, having been
justified by faith we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ . . ."
Why do Christians have
this deep inner peace with God? Because we have been
declared righteous by faith in Christ. The
implications of this for the Christian life are
extensive. We ought not to wait around thinking that
the Almighty is sitting on His throne, just waiting
to pounce on us! The great truth of the gospel is
that at that very moment we were completely
forgiven. Moreover, because of that forgiveness, we
now have peace with God—a peace that can never be
taken away. Furthermore, as Paul goes on to
elaborate in Romans 5-8, because we have this peace
with God, we now can grow in grace. In other words,
since we have been completely forgiven, we now have
the potential to be changed into the likeness of
God’s Son. It is impossible to think of
justification without sanctification. Paul is not
saying that at the moment we trust in Christ as our
Savior we were completely changed, and made sinless.
We still sin even though we struggle not to. We are
sinners, but we are sinners saved by grace.
How can God give us this
forgiveness and peace with Him? It is "through our
Lord Jesus Christ." The foundation is the
substitutionary death of Christ on our behalf. The
Apostle Paul declared: "For while we were still
helpless, at the right time Christ died for the
ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous
man; though perhaps for the good man someone would
dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love
toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us" (Rom. 5:6–8).
Christ died for us, not
because we were Jewish or not Jewish, good and
righteous, Baptist or Catholic, but because we were
plain old sinners.
Lost peace or lost
What can you do when you
lose that sense of peace? The way to get back on
track is not by working on your feelings. It is not
by being saved a second time. Open your Bible and
review your justification. Go back over the facts
from God's Word. Remind yourself of what God has
declared about you. God is able to perform what He
has promised. Satan will always accuse you and try
to destroy your peace with God. Talk to yourself.
Remind yourself of this great positional truth in
God's Word. "My acceptance with God does not depend
upon me. It all depends upon Him. My sin does not
cancel out my justification. God has dealt with all
my sins in Christ's death and resurrection. Jesus
died for me on the Cross. I rest upon that great
fact. God has reckoned or imputed His righteousness
to me because I believe He has death with my sin in
the work of Jesus Christ. God has acquitted me. The
Bible says, 'There is therefore now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:1)."
Reckon upon God's promises and the fellowship will
be restored. That experience of peace will be
restored, as you trust Him.
"Even so consider
yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in
Christ Jesus" (6:11). We have no merit in ourselves
before God. No matter how long we are Christians, or
how long we serve Him we can only stand on the work
of our Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf. We never
deserve it, or merit it. It is his gift to us. In
fact, the longer you walk with Christ the more you
comprehend this great truth from His Word.
Don't let your conduct or
behavior disturb your peace with God. The smallest
sin destroys, for the time being, your sense of
peace. The intimate fellowship is broken. You don't
lose your salvation. You do not lose your eternal
position in Christ. You lose you joy of fellowship
with Him. How do you restore the fellowship? God has
provided us a bar of soap and He wants us to use it
daily. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not
sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in
us" (I John 1:9–10). Keep short agendas with God.
Deal with sin daily. Don't let sinful behavior,
thoughts or attitudes rob you of that sense of
peace. Cultivate that sense of peace. Unconfessed
sin, unrepented sinful behavior, bad attitudes will
rob you of experiencing peace with God. Keep your
heart tender toward God and you will experience His
deep peace. We can rejoice because we have complete
WE CAN REJOICE BECAUSE
WE HAVE CONTINUED ACCESS TO HIS ABOUNDING GRACE (v.
Through Jesus Christ "we
have obtained our introduction by faith into this
grace in which we stand" (Romans 5:2). A. T.
Robertson observes, "Grace is here present as a
field into which we have been introduced and where
we stand and we should enjoy all the privileges of
this grace about us." Moreover, it is perfect tense.
He has taken us into the presence of the king and
introduced to Him! We now have a permanent access
into the grace of God. It is a permanent possession.
Now that we have been introduced to the king and we
can go into His presence anytime we desire. We have
a constant supply of His grace available to us. It
is daily. It is moment by moment. A. T. Robertson
adds, "The exhortation is that we keep on enjoying
peace with God and keep on exulting in hope of the
glory of God."
Ephesians 2:18–19 further
elaborates on this same introduction to the Father
and continuing access into His presence. Paul says,
"For through Him we both have our access in one
Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer
strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens
with the saints, and are of God’s household . . ."
I think this is one of
the greatest truths I have ever learned in my
Christian life. I begin my day, every day, with a
simple commitment to Christ. "Lord Jesus, I give you
this day. It is yours. You purchased it at Calvary.
I am yours. Here is my life. You take it and live it
through me. You be my Lord and Master. Come live
your life through me today." You talk about peace!
You talk about joy! Your daily life becomes an
intimate walk with God. He is free to break in on
you at any moment throughout the day.
Why is this so precious
to the believer? It is because when we became
Christians we did not become immune to pressures,
trials, tribulations and difficulties in life. We
can now face life head on. We need a constant supply
of God's grace. Because we are justified by faith,
we have instant access to the God of all grace. We
have continual acceptance before Him. We have all of
His resources available to us to live the Christian
You determine how much
wealth you receive from God. How big a vessel did
you bring today? Do you bring a tiny tin cup, or a
big bucket? What did you come expecting today? You
have access to the fullness of God! He wants to give
you the choicest of gifts! Why do you cling to
sinful behavior, and bad attitudes? We have a
constant supply of resources in our hour of need. We
can rejoice in His provision.
WE CAN REJOICE BECAUSE
WE HAVE CONFIDENT ANTICIPATION IN THE HOPE OF THE
GLORY OF GOD (5:2B).
Furthermore, Paul says,
"we exult in hope of the glory of God" (5:2b). The
word "exult" means to rejoice greatly, or leap for
joy. There is only one thing worth boasting about.
It is Christ! The word of "exult," or "rejoice" here
means, to boast, to glory, and is rendered to
rejoice in hope of the glory of God. In v. 3, we
"exult" in tribulation and in v. 11 we "exult" in
God. In Philippians 3:3 we "glory in the Lord Jesus
and put no confidence in the flesh."
This "hope" is linked
with trust and yearning, and distinct from fear. The
life of the righteous is grounded in a hope that
implies a future because its point of reference is
God. To hope is to trust. It is demanded even in
good times. It is not our own projection but
confidence in what God will do. Christ is our hope.
It has nothing to do with the calculation that may
give a false sense of security. We are not to trust
in the stock market, or our own righteousness or our
religious inheritance. God can shatter all our best
laid plans. Politicians who build on calculable
forces will be confounded. Hope looks to Him whom
none can control. It is thus freed from anxiety and
worry, but must be accompanied by reverence and awe
of God. This "hope of glory" must be a quiet patient
waiting on God. If God helps in present distress, He
will finally put an end to all distress.
When fixed on God, hope
embraces expectation, trust, and patient waiting. It
is linked to faith, as in Hebrews 11:1.
Observe how Paul
continues to develop this idea in Romans. Our hope
rests on faith in the finished work of salvation
(Romans 8:24-25) and is sustained by the indwelling
of the Holy Spirit (vv. 26-27). It is an essential
part of the daily Christian life (15:13; 12:12). It
endures even when we see God providing before our
very eyes, for its focus is not on what is to be
given but on the God who gives it and will continue
to maintain it when it is given. Endurance may be
stressed in this life (5:2, 4-5), but our waiting is
confident patient trust, for we are saved by hope
This "hope of glory"
denotes that which makes God majestic. Since God is
invisible, it necessarily carries a reference to His
self–manifestation when He returns in glory.
The Living Bible
paraphrases verse two, "And we confidently and
joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that
God had in mind for us to be."
Everyone who has been
justified by faith has this certain hope that Jesus
gives when He said, "Because I live, you shall live
also" (John 14:19). He promised He would go to His
Father and "I will come again and receive you to
myself, that where I am, you may be also" (John
The Apostle John writes,
"Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not
appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when
He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see
Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope
fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure"
(1 John 3:2–3).
WE CAN REJOICE BECAUSE
WE CAN CELEBRATE VICTORY OVER ADVERSITY (VV. 3-5).
The abundance of grace
gives us hope to face tribulations, trials,
persecutions and pressures that come today. This
sense of "hope" gives a strong certainty.
Moreover, Romans 5:3–5
tells us we rejoice because God takes these
pressures in life and uses them to bring glory to
His name. "And not only this, but we also exult in
our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings
about perseverance; and perseverance, proven
character; and proven character, hope; and hope does
not disappoint, because the love of God has been
poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit
who was given to us."
It is more than to
"rejoice." It is to "glory," or "exult" in the
pressures in life. It is not even to submit to these
tribulations without complaining and becoming
bitter. It has the idea of glorifying God in the
midst of these pressures. It reminds us of Paul and
Silas in the prison in Philippi singing in prison.
Where do you turn when you face difficult
circumstances, the changes in your life, or when
things don't go as you had planned? We don't get our
strength from our circumstances. We get it from our
continual access to the presence of God. His grace
and power is continually available to us. We can
draw near to Him in full assurance of faith in His
sacrifice for us.
Even to endure and
glorify God in these difficult times is a gift of
His grace. He gives us His sustaining presence.
Because of the constant
flow of grace we triumph even in our troubles. We
can even glory in the pressures of life. "We can
have full joy here and now even in our trials and
troubles" (Philip's translation).
How can this be? God uses
the terrible pressures in life to perfect patience
in us. For those of us who are terribly impatient
God allows the intense burdens of the spirit in our
circumstances to teach us patience.
Did you notice the chain
of growth experience? This growing patience produces
strength of character. It tests our character and
proves it to be solid. It proves that we have stood
the test. The Holy Spirit causes the love of God to
overflow. When that happens you cannot help but be a
statement to a watching world.
The goal of progressive
sanctification is our being conformed to the image
and likeness of Jesus Christ. How does God make us
holy? He causes us to "rejoice in our tribulations"
because He knows these pressures produces steadfast
endurance. Here is the foundation for proven
character and hope.
Our hope is not
disappointed because God is transforming us into the
image of his Son. This renewing of hope gives us
encouragement to keep on drawing from the fountain
of His grace.
We can rejoice because He
cares enough about us to take us through His
refining fire so we become more Christ–like. He
saves us from the power of sin and makes us like
Christ. He will not settle for less, nor should we.
WE CAN REJOICE BECAUSE
WE HAVE AN ABOUNDING SENSE OF GOD'S LOVE (5:5-11)
His love came while we
were "helpless" sinners unable to save ourselves.
"For while we were still helpless, at the right time
Christ died for the ungodly" (v. 6). And it came
just in the nick of time. It was in God's perfect
timing! Verse eight says, "But God demonstrates His
own love toward us, in that while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us."
His death is
substitutionary meaning someone else died in our
place to pay our sin debt (vv. 6b-11). Christ died
for (huper) instead of, on behalf of the ungodly. He
died "for us." He died for you and me.
Because of His death on
our behalf we are now reconciled to God (v. 8–11).
"Much more then, having now been justified by His
blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God
through Him. For if while we were enemies we were
reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much
more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by
His life. And not only this, but we also exult in
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we
have now received the reconciliation."
His love will never
leave us. He will never forsake us.
There are little islands
of peace all over the world. When we put our faith
in Christ we receive His peace and we have peace
with God. Do you know that peace? Ask Jesus Christ
to come into your life and give you that peace. He
wants to be your Savior today.
When man is at peace with
God, he can be at peace with himself and others.
This is the only way to bring lasting peace in our
We can live above the
chances, changes and circumstances because of what
Christ has done for us. He is our hope for today and
tomorrow. Let Him become your peace today.
In this passage of
Scripture it is crucial for us to bear in mind that
we have been describing the Christian life. It
begins with a spiritual birth. If you do not have
this peace it may be because you have never been
born again. That is where this kind of life begins.
We are always ready to help you put your faith and
trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Here
is where you can find out how to trust in Christ as
Title: Romans 5:1-11
Peace with God