Journey through the Book of Romans
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Paul Shouts that Faith in Christ Overcomes all Trouble
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. NKJV
Everything Paul has said in all of the other Chapters of this Book of Romans has led up to this dramatic climax here in Romans 5:1. Paul now shouts (not literally or maybe he did) the greatest truth to our death with Christ Jesus our Lord and our resurrection from the death of sin with Him is peace with God. We are no longer the enemy of God or at war with Him in willful sin and rebellion (James 4:4). The world has been crucified unto us and we crucified unto the world solely due to our union with Jesus Christ our Lord (Galatians 6:14). The gospel of Christ death, burial, and resurrection from the dead is a peace offering or treaty presented to every sinner (Ephesians 6:15).
I can testify personally that for many years as I lived in sin and rebellion I was as worldly as a person could be. I drew a lot of my opinions and conclusions on certain main stream issues by what the popular culture viewed as correct. For example, I was a staunch advocate of pro-choice. I was convinced that God did not view abortion as the taking or killing a human life. My heart and mind was made up and I firmly felt that it was every individual woman’s right to do with her own body what she saw as right. When I received my Lord Jesus Christ, that false, fake, and fraudulent view was smashed, shattered, and suffocated by His Glorious truth in the Scripture (Jeremiah 1:4-5). It is God who forms the child inside the mother’s womb; the husband and wife are just the instruments by which He does this great miracle. It is God alone who makes or creates new human life and it is He alone who determines when it ends, not any human being.
It was my acquittal from my sin through my Lord Jesus Christ that radically changed my heart and entire life to see the entire world through His lenses and no longer through my clouded lenses fogged up by my sin (Colossians 1:20). As Paul so eloquently stated to the brothers and sisters in Philippi we can rest in this rock solid truth, Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. NKJV This is the reality that brings the peace of God to the former sinner’s heart that passes all understanding. As I exclaimed in a recent study, as Paul also declares again here, that this justification (acquittal or pardon) gives me and every born again son or daughter access to grace that changes everything about us (Titus 2:11-14).
It is by my Lord Jesus’ grace that I was taught through His Word that abortion is indeed murder of a child and never ever His Will, no matter how the child was conceived. Being saved by God without doing anything good to earn your salvation removes any boasting or strutting by the guilty sinner and as the Psalmist says, Psalms 34:2 “My soul shall make its boast in the LORD.” NKJV Paul declares that it is our trouble the pressure of being a twice born person in a world full of once born people receiving often times persecution and affliction from them as the enemy uses them as weapons against us that keeps us constant in our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus enabling us to endure to the end walking and living in the love of the truth in our Lord (Matthew 5:11-12 & 2 Corinthians 4:17 & James 1:3). All twice born people suffer anguish and burdens for those we know and love who do not have this blessed hope in them (regeneration and new birth) bringing us continually to and on our knees interceding for their souls before our Lord Jesus Christ daily. This too serves to keep us constant, fervent, and enduring to the end of our sojourn and pilgrimage on this earth as we are away from the One we love and long to be with forever, our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we persevere and endure despite all opposition our character becomes approved character before God. This blessed hope of Christ in us the hope of glory keeps us always with our eyes on the prize of the high calling in Him. It motivates us by grace to walk and live worthy of such a high calling by purifying ourselves from the sins that stain us and so easily beset us because we know our Lord Jesus is Pure. We are driven to look into His face (by looking into His Word daily) to have Him wash our souls in the water of His Word that we may always strive to have a clean or clear conscience before men and our Lord Jesus. Everything that is new in our beliefs and our daily lives can all be due to the love we have for our Lord Jesus Christ that He poured into us by the Holy Spirit when we were born again of incorruptible seed. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength, and this is impossible until we are acquitted of the sins we have so grievously and willfully committed against God the Father. This love we have received by grace through faith is a Divine Love, a Heavenly Love, A Foreign Love that we will spend all eternity in Christ presence just basking, bowing, and bathing in this love we do not deserve at all, as we are finally and forever away from everything that is evil (1 Peter 1:8-9 & 1 John 3:1-3).
Psalms 84:11-12 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! NKJV
Psalms 85:10 Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. NKJV
Isaiah 32:17 The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. NKJV
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. NKJV
“We have peace, hope, love, and power over sin, the sum of the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth chapters. These are the fruits of justifying faith: where these are not, that faith is not.” John Wesley on Romans 5:1
“This hope will not disappoint us, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love. It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints. The love of God, that is, the sense of God’s love to us, drawing out love in us to Him again.” “The ground of all our comfort and holiness, and perseverance in both, is laid in the shedding abroad of the love of God in our hearts; it is this which constrains us, (2 Corinthians 5:14). Thus are we drawn and held by the bonds of love. Sense of God’s love to us will make us not ashamed, either of our hope in Him or our sufferings for Him.” Matthew Henry
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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