been talking about the Details of Godís Good News. We started that in
Romans 3:21-note and we are continuing in it even into chapter 5. The main
detail of this discussion has been justification by faith and by faith
alone and all that means to you and me. The good news just gets better and
In chapter 4 we saw that Abraham needed
to be justified. If Abraham needed to be justified, certainly we need to
We saw in Romans 4:1-8 that
works didnít justify Abraham.
saw in Ro 4:9-12 that divine ordinances such as circumcision didnít
justify Abraham. Baptism does not save you. Divine ordinances do not save
or justify anybody.
Ro 4:13-17 we saw that the law did not justify
Ro 4:18-25 we saw that human effort did not justify
Abraham. Faith and faith alone justified Abraham.
I think it would be good right now to go
back over some of the words we have been using to be sure we donít forget
what we are talking about.
First of all, there is justification
What does it mean to be justified? It means "just as if I had never
sinned;" to be acquitted; for all the charges against me to be dropped.
Now, how in the world can we be guilty before God (which we are and Paul
clearly lays that out in 1:18-3:20) and have the charges dropped? That is
only possible if someone did something for us that we could not do
ourselves. That someone could not be one of us. It would have to a God-man
because man alone could not do it. He would not qualify.
So Jesus Christ came and redeemed (redeem
us. What does it mean to be redeemed? It means that somebody came and paid
the debt that you owed. He purchased you by the shedding of His blood upon
the cross. The fact that He redeemed us causes us to be able to be
justified. Therefore, when we put our faith into Him and what He did, we
are reckoned as righteous. What does that mean? It means that when we put
our faith into Jesus Christ, in the divine accounting book in heaven
beside our name it is written, "Justified, made righteous, acceptable
because he put his faith into Jesus Christ."
hilasterion; Make propitiation
is another big word. It means the Father accepted what Jesus did, and
therefore, He satisfied the Fatherís demand for the lawís penalty to be
carried out. When He died upon the cross, He satisfied that in the Father.
Not only that, it also means to expiate: He did for us what we could not
have done for ourselves.
The next word is forgiveness.
There are two words for forgiveness. One word (charizomai) means to do a favor for
someone that they could never deserve. It comes from the word "grace." But
the word that is used in Romans is the word that means to send away, never
to return again (Forgive
aphiemi; Forgiveness =
aphesis). Isnít that wonderful? The sin that we had before we came
to know Christ and put our faith into Him never comes back to condemn us.
He picks that theme up in chapter 8 and says, "There is, therefore, now no
condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."
Then there is the word grace
word grace means two things. One is His undeserved favor that He gives to
us. That is what we have seen so far. But it has another meaning. It also
means the transforming power of God that we will see more and more about
as we progress in the book of Romans.
Well, what are the results then of being
justified? What are the results of putting my faith into Jesus Christ,
having the charges dropped? Look how Paul starts out in Romans 5:1:
Now any time there is a "therefore"
of conclusion) you
always look to see what it is there for. We already know that. Paul is
summing it up now. He has already taken us through and shown us that even
Abraham had to be justified and man is guilty before God and man cannot in
any way justify himself. So now he takes us to the other side of what it
means to be justified.
There are three things on the other side
that we havenít even talked about yet. The first thing is seen right in
verse 1. When we have been justified, when the charges are dropped, when
we put our faith into the Lord Jesus Christ, all that we have just
discussed, first of all we have peace with God. Look at the verse
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
That little verb there, "we have," is in the
present indicative active. That means that I have it today. I will have it
tomorrow. I will have it the next day. I will always have it. Present
tense means continuous duration of action. Indicative voice means that is
a fact, take it to the bank. Active voice means the subject is acted upon
or doing the acting. We have peace with God.
I donít know about you, but that
completely blows my mind because there are a lot of people today who try
to tell me I can lose my salvation. But the Word of God says when I put my
faith into Jesus Christ, I eternally have peace with God. What does it
mean to put my faith into Jesus Christ to get this peace with God? I have
to realize my guilt before God. I have to realize I cannot do one single
thing to justify myself. I have to realize what Christ came to do for me.
Then when I put my faith into Him, when I surrender to Him, I have peace
What is peace? Peace, in the Greek, is
eirene. It comes from the root word that means to join
together. Have you ever tried to glue something to a surface that was
dirty? Perhaps you want to apply a new top to a table. The first thing the
instructions tell you to do is clean the surface you are going to glue
something to, because if you have any debris, any irritant, of any kind on
that surface, it will not adhere. They will not come together. They will
not join together. Therefore, you have to make sure it is clean. You see,
the word means when two things come together and there is nothing in
between that would stop the cohesion that is about to take place. Once
they are glued together, they are one, never to be separated.
"Do you mean to tell me that when I
surrender, when I put my faith into Jesus Christ, I have a peace with God
that is a Ďglued togetherí peace and it will never come apart?" Yes! That
is my relationship with Jesus Christ. It happens when I put my faith into
Him. Peace with God. Two things glued together. This is why it is so
important to understand that sin is the irritant. That sin has to be
cleansed in order for the two to come back together. Peace is when there
is no more war with God. There is no more conflict between the Father and
Someone told me that for years they
used the book of Romans to teach lawyers how to present a case. If I ever
get into trouble I wish the Apostle Paul could come and represent me
because the way he does it in Romans is incredible. He assumes that you
are asking a question: When did man and God ever get separated? If God
created man and they were one in the garden, whatever happened to cause
such a rift between the two that peace would have to come through someone
to put them back together? Paul is going to answer that question in Ro 5:12-21. We
will get to that. Paul shows us in Ro 5:12-21 that sin is not just an
action on manís part. Sin is the attitude of manís heart, born of Adam. It
is not just something a law can come and convict you of. It is something
in the heart of man. The nature of man is to sin.
He takes us back to when the fall came,
back to where the peace was interrupted. The fall happened back in Genesis
chapter 3. In Genesis 2:16, God warned the first primitive historical
family on this earth, Adam and Eve:
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ĎFrom any tree of the garden
you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely
That word "die" in the Hebrew is the
word thanatos in the Greek. It means to die. What does die mean?
Well, it means to die! But it has the idea of being separated from. You
have to study when that word is used in scripture to find that. For
instance, in First Corinthians when a man dies what happens? There is a
separation. The spirit goes to be with the Father, and the body goes into
the ground. However, one day the body will resurrect. There is a
separation. So it is not just "die," but it also has the idea of
What happened when Adam sinned? God
said, "You are going to die." Did he die physically? No, not immediately
but his body began to die. We are born, and in the moment we take our
first breath we begin to die. Death became a reality, physical death.
Mental death became a reality, for man was no longer able to think like
God wanted him to think. He was separated from that ability. But the
instantaneous death that took place was spiritual death. A rift between
God and man developed. An irritant had come in and now there could be no
peace between God and man.
It is like you are standing on the edge
of a cliff and you look across to where you want to be, but there is no
way to span that cliff, there is no way to get across, there is no way to
get down. How will you ever get from one side over to the other? God is on
one side and you are on the other side. Sin has caused a separation
between God and man. What the Apostle Paul does so beautifully in Romans
is to show that there are no bridges that a man can build. There is
nothing man can do on his side. But there is something God could do on His
side. He came and the cross became a bridge. It is through Jesus Christ
that we can once again have peace with God and once again be reconciled to
Him. That is a word that will come up later on in chapter 5.
This conflict is the reason Jesus came
to die for our sins. In Ro 4:23, 24, 25-note Paul has led us right to
Now not for his [Abrahamís] sake only was it written, that it
[righteousness] was reckoned to him, but for our sake also, to whom it
will be reckoned, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord
from the dead, He who was delivered up because of our
transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.
that is why He was raised. The whole reason for Jesus to come was because
man could not bridge the gap. There is no way man could establish peace
with God. God had to come to man. By dying for his sin, which was the
irritant, now man and God through manís faith in Jesus Christ can be at
peace with one another.
That is why Romans 5:1-note
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace
through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on
earth or things in heaven.
Ep 2:17, 18-note:
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down
the barrier of the dividing wallÖ. And He came and preached peace to you
who were far away [Gentiles], and peace to those who were near [Jews]; for
through Him [Jesus] we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
I tell you, this is good news. When you
realize that you have been separated from God because of Adamís sin and
that as a result you continue to sin to show you that you are a sinner,
then you realize there is not one thing you can do; and you realize what
God took the initiative to do even before the foundations of this world.
He came to die for us so that irritant of sin could be dealt with and then
man and God through Jesus could have peace once again. It is Jesus holding
us together, not me and my obedience. He is the glue that causes us to
come together, and we have peace forever with Him.
When I have faith in Him, when I
exercise my faith in Him, then He gives me peace with God, and He is the
one who keeps that peace. He is the keeper of all peace and the maintainer
of all peace. That is why Isaiah called him Prince of Peace. It is through
Him that we have peace with the Father.
There is one thing you canít mistake
here because it will cause problems in your theology. You cannot join
together the peace with God and the peace of God. Some
people are confused there. The peace of God is what we enjoy when
we continue to walk by faith with Him day by day. It is subjective. It is
relative to each individual. We are told in Philippians that we are not to
be anxious over anything. We are not to worry but to trust God and to
pray. Philippians 4:7-note
And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I may have peace with God. It can
never be interrupted. It is through Jesus Christ. He keeps it and
maintains it. However, I may be very distraught in my spirit because I
have made a choice that wasnít very smart. I chose not to believe His Word
and I chose to look at my circumstances and try to go the route of my
flesh. As a result, I have no peace. Now when I come back to my walk of
faith, Ro 1:17-note
From faith to faith the righteousness of God is revealed.
When I come back to living by faith
and trusting Him which is the way I got saved to start with, then that
peace that is already there begins to quiet my spirit and I walk in the
assurance and the hope and the confidence of who God is and what God says
The peace with God and the peace of God
are two different things. Be very careful. Just because you donít feel
like you have peace with God does not mean you donít have it, because
peace with God is based on your faith that you placed into Jesus Christ.
He is the one who maintains and holds that peace together. I have an
eternal peace with the Father through Jesus Christ His Son. Hallelujah! I
have the peace of God. That is on the other side of being justified by
Well, it gets better. In Ro 5:2-note
we find something else that we have:
through whom [speaking of Jesus] also we have obtained our introduction by
faith into this grace in which we stand.
We not only have the peace with God
but we have an eternal standing cemented into it, into the divine favor of
God, eternally we stand in the grace of God.
Letís look at this verse carefully. What
does "obtained our introduction by faith into this grace" mean? Well, I
think literally it should read, "We have our access by faith into this
grace." In other words, people who hear the message of grace and say, "How
can I have peace with God?" Well, it is by Godís grace. "How can I have
access to that grace?" Put your faith into Jesus Christ and you will have
access into this grace. That is how you get into it. That is how we have
it. It is in the perfect tense, which means something happened back here.
The next phrase, "in which we stand" is also perfect tense. We have
entered into it and have access to it. You put your faith into Jesus
Christ and you were justified by that faith. Peace with God. That happened
back here. As a result of that, way up here you are still standing in that
grace and nothing can remove you from that grace in Jesus Christ. In other
words, Godís face is always towards us. God is for us in and through Jesus
You may have peace with God and you are
not recognizing the fact that you are standing in that grace because you
are frustrating the grace of God which Paul said he did not do in
I do not frustrate (annul = make ineffective, inoperative or nonexistent) the grace of God.
You can frustrate it. You can decide
not to let God transform you. You can decide not to let God do what He
wants to do in and through you. You can go your own way as a believer and
still not realize you are eternally standing in that grace. It is an
eternal thing. It describes the state of oneís being based on what
happened back here.
The reason I brought that up is because
in the Old Testament they had the idea that whenever Godís face was
towards you, God was blessing you and whatever He was doing was for you.
That is why consistently they said, "Oh, God, donít turn your face from
Let me point out some of those passages.
When Cain sinned, the first thing he said when God banished him is found
in Genesis 4:14:
Behold, Thou hast driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from
Thy face I shall be hidden.
In their minds when sin had entered,
automatically God turned His back on them and His face was not toward
The Psalmist says in
How long, O Lord, wilt Thou forget me forever? How long wilt Thou hide Thy
face from me."
Do not hide Thy face from me, do not turn Thy servant away in anger. Thou
hast been my help. Do not abandon me nor forsake me."
O Lord, by Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong. Thou did
not hide Thy face from me. I was dismayed. Thou didst hide Thy face and I
You know, there are a lot of
Christians still living in the Old Testament, still thinking He does that.
In Daniel 9:17-note
Daniel is praying for the people of Israel.
So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Thy servant and to his
supplications. For Thy sake, O Lord, let Thy face shine on Thy desolate
Now I want to remind you we are in a
better covenant than they were in the Old Testament. We are in the New
Covenant and Hebrews says it is a better covenant. We donít have to worry
because of Jesus Christ and Him being in our life. We never have to worry
about God turning His face from us. He is eternally looking at us. He is
eternally for us through Jesus Christ. We have divine standing in grace.
Do you know what that means? That
means that whatever comes into my life I can count it all joy, as James
said. I can thank God in every situation, as Paul said to the
Thessalonians. I can be thankful in all situations, as you put Ephesians
with Thessalonians. How do you do that? Because I know I have peace with
the God of this universe through His son. I know the God of the universe
is for me through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is not out to get me. He
already has me. Whatever He does is for me. In Romans 8:28-note
Paul will bring it out again. He says,
We know that God causes all things to work together for them that love
Do you know that? Do you know that
God is eternally loving you even when He brings chastisement and
discipline? He says in Hebrews 12:6-note
He chastens and disciplines and scourges those whom He loves.
I am eternally in the favor of God.
That means I can go through a bad
circumstance and see God do something good. There is no conflict. I am His
child. He is my Father. Through Jesus Christ He stands for me and I stand
in the midst of His grace. Grace is not only His undeserved favor but
grace is also His transforming power. Whatever I need in my weakness He is
there to give it to me because I stand eternally in the grace of God.
Romans 6:14 says, "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not
under law but you are under grace." So, I have Godís peace through Jesus
Christ with the Father, forever.
Thirdly, I have a glorious future. We
have a glorious future in the Lord. That is brought out also in verse 2.
Look at the whole verse: "through whom [Jesus] also we have obtained our
introduction by faith [or our access into faith] into this grace in which
we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God." That little term "we
exult" is present indicative middle. Present tense means we are doing this
all the time. It is just something inside of us. It is an attitude. It is
a rejoicing attitude. Middle voice means that nobody has to make us do it.
God has done something in our lives and now it is sustained within us. We
have something that others donít have. We have a reason to exult. The word
"exult" is kauchaomai. It doesnít actually mean rejoice. It means
to boast. We are eternally boasting in what God has done. I donít think it
is so much what you say outwardly that you have to go around doing that. I
think it something inwardly that continues to motivate us as we go through
difficult times while we are here on this planet.
We know something. What is it that we
know? Not only do we know that we have peace with God and we have a divine
standing in His favor, but we also know we have a glorious future to look
forward to. The word "hope" there he says in
Ro 5:5-note never disappoints. It
is a certain hope based on what God has said. So it is not uncertain like
the world knows hope. We exult in hope of something that is to come, of
the glory of God. I believe "the glory of God" refers to that one time in
the future that we are going to get to see Him in all of His glory, the
day when our Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to us. We have hope of one day
seeing Him in all of His glory. Philippians says that when He came to this
earth He emptied Himself of His glory. We are going to see Him one day in
all of His glory. On that day, we will be glorified with Him. We will be
changed with a resurrection body to be like Him.
Colossians 3:4-note says,
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed
with Him in glory.
In John 17:24 Jesus was praying to the Father. He says,
desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in
order that they may behold My glory.
We look forward to that day when we
will be able to see it, to be changed by it and to enter into it and to
live in it forever. Romans 8:17-note says,
and if children, heirs also, heirs
of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him
in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
God has a message for you. Donít
miss it. If you have put your faith into Jesus Christ, He is not mad at
you. He is not at war with you. He is not out to get you. He didnít give
you a bad deal. You are eternally at peace with Him.
Second message, you are eternally in
His favor. God loves you and I donít care how you interpret your
circumstances, God says, "You are eternally standing in My grace and in My
My prayer is what Paulís prayer was.
I pray that the eyes of your heart can be open so that you can see what
you have in Jesus Christ.