Well, I’ve been meditating on Romans 5 v 1 since I read it last night, what an awesome verse!
Reading before and after this verse reminded me how amazing the Book of Romans is and how it is time that I really studied it again.
Romans is fundamentally all about the finished work of Jesus Christ; it is the best book (in my opinion) to give us basic doctrine around justification and righteousness.
Romans 5 v 1 tells us this truth in what today could be called a “sound bite”; a phrase that encapsulates the whole epistle.
To justify means to render righteous and also to declare or proclaim that one is righteous.
Justification comes through faith, faith in Jesus Christ.
This verse declares the Gospel in all its simplicity.
If you have faith in Jesus Christ (who He is and what He has done) God has made you righteous and God has declared you righteous.
This does not say will make righteous if you have good religious performance, it says faith in Jesus means you are made righteous.
This is the same as we see in 2 Corinthians 5 v 17 to 21 (go and read that now and see that this is true; you have been made righteous).
What a marvellous Gospel, what amazing grace; that simply by faith in Jesus you were made right in the eyes of God, and was fully accepted by Him.
This is something to meditate upon again and again; even now I can feel a puzzled expression coming on my face as it just seems too good to be true!
Our position with God in terms of acceptability (whether we are righteous or not) is all to do with faith (faith in Jesus) and nothing to do with what we do.
Our position with God is defined by our beliefs rather than our actions.
That is good news!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith I am righteous in your eyes and have complete acceptance from you”.
Romans 5 v 1…..Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ