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Peace With God Through Our Lord (Romans 5:1-11)Rev Gareth James, February 17, 2019
Part of the Romans series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Last week we looked at something of what it means to be justified through faith. It is a legal work and declaration of God and it stands in heaven for all who have trusted the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. That is why we need to understand what justification by faith includes and involves, for it gives us a firm foundation. Yet, we also need to recognise the consequences, the fruit that springs up, cascades down to us from this awesomely magnificent truth - which is what Romans 5-8 especially, deals with.
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5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (ESV)