It’s All About Christ!
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1.
Paul comes up from the deep dive into the incredible truth of justification found in chapters 3 and 4 with the simple summary of 5:1– we are justified out of our faith. Clearly he answers the question we desperately need to know; how can a man be right with God?
In consequence of being declared righteous in God’s sight (that’s what justification is in simple terms) we now are afforded peace with Him. Now we are cooking on the front burner! This is something we can dig our teeth into. It is one thing to wrestle with the huge notion of justification. We walk away satisfied in knowing that God can judicially deal with us because the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us. It’s quite another matter to experience the daily phenomena of living at peace with the Creator of the universe. Remember, God is the Holy One; we are sinners. To be at peace with the Sovereign One who will speak the word at the last judgment as people are cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal punishment is an incredibly comforting thought! I tend to think it is a life changing concept. Me, hopelessly blinded by my own foolish brilliance, an enemy of God, being handed a flag of truce that I didn’t deserve and that I couldn’t grasp even had I wanted to! Now that, my friend, is beyond understanding; yet true.
And don’t miss this. It all comes through Christ. He is the one and only channel of peace with God (and much more – read the rest of the paragraph). No wonder the church of God is always singing and talking about Christ! He is the center of everything for us.
Posted on Sun, August 21, 2016
by Joe Flatt filed under