I was looking up a few verses today and came across a treasure. Romans 5 describes the believer’s relationship with God, and I think it’s one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. Read through verses 1-11. Paul uses words like “we” and “our” because he is talking about Christians collectively – these verses are true for every single person who has trusted Jesus Christ to save them from their sins. Notice how powerful these verses are when we personalize them!
Therefore, since I have been justified by faith, I have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him I have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which I stand, and I rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but I rejoice in my sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put me to shame, because God’s love has been poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit who has been given to me.
For while I was still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly [for me!]. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows His love for me in that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me. Since, therefore, I have now been justified by His blood, much more shall I be saved by Him from the wrath of God. For if while I was an enemy I was reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that I am reconciled, shall I be saved by His life. More than that, I also rejoice in God through my Lord Jesus Christ, through whom I have now received reconciliation.
I just love these truths! I was a sinner, ungodly, and an enemy of God. He loved me anyway, so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for me. He took my place, died where I should have died, so I could live and be reconciled with God. I have absolute faith in that truth, and because I believe it to be true, I have been justified through the blood of Jesus Christ. Now I have peace with God. I have access to Him and His grace, His unmerited favor, and I rejoice in the hope He has given me.
Isn’t that amazing?!? God’s Word is so precious. Any thoughts? I’d love to hear them!