Scripture to Read: Romans 5:1
We begin our walk through Romans 5 over these next two weeks. God has much to teach us as we examine His Word. Today, we unpack Romans 5:1. God the Father, through His Holy Spirit, continues to write His Holy Word through Paul so all may know the fullness of Christ and all He has done for everyone created in His image. The first word in Romans 5:1 is the word “therefore.” Anytime a “therefore” is in Scripture, we need to ask, “What is the ‘therefore’ there for?” In Romans 4, God gave us the beautiful picture of the faith of Abraham, and through Abraham’s faith, God shared how we are justified by faith just as Abraham was. So, God says, in Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Now remember, to be justified means “just as if I’d” never sinned. So, through placing our faith in God the Father through Jesus our Lord, we have been acquitted/pronounced not guilty/released/forgiven of all our sin and declared blameless before God the Father. Because we’ve received this freedom from the penalty and power of sin, God wants us to take hold of the fact that we also have peace with Him. The peace God gives us also comes with the joy of being reconciled to/restored to a right relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. When we fully grasp all that God the Father has provided us through Christ our Lord, we will walk in freedom, joy, comfort, and peace each day of our lives.
Challenge & Application
With all God the Father has given us through Christ, how are you living for Him each day and passionately pursuing Him?
What did God remind you of today that you had forgotten or had been distracted from due to life’s circumstances?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!