The purpose of Jesus death and resurrection was to create a way for us human beings who have continuously and consistently sinned against God, to be reconciled to our creator, our Father. As Paul says in Romans that sin came by one man and so will by one man all be saved. Jesus through his death, paid the complete ransom for us and removed us from death row and gave us a way back to eternal life. God is just and for the sins that we committed, we had and we were on our way to eternal death but Jesus died on our behalf. Now, all that God requires is the believe in his Son.
John 6:40 (ESVST)
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
When we believe, God justifies us through that faith in Jesus. God makes us holy and blameless through our faith in Jesus Christ.
There are 6 things that justification by faith has given us, peace with God, grace of God, hope of the glory of God, Holy Spirit, salvation and reconciliation with God. Let’s look at each one of these.
Peace with God
Romans 5:1-11 (ESVST)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The word justified is a Greek word dikaioo, from the word dikaio which means just, righteous. Verbs which end in- oo generally indicate bringing out that which a person is or that which is desired, but not usually referring to the mode in which the action takes place. In the case of dikaioo, it means to bring out the fact that a person is righteous. In the above verse then justified by faith would therefore mean that our faith in Jesus has made us righteous. When we believed with our hearts that Jesus is our saviour and Lord, we were made righteous through that faith. Our faith brought out righteousness from inside out.
When we were justified by this faith, we then obtained peace (the amplified translation defines peace as a perfect well- being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) with God. One can ask wether this means we were at war with God before we were justified. The answer would be that although we might not have been at war with God, God was at war with us because we were sinners and God promised us his wrath. Been justified by faith meant that God was no longer at war but at peace with us now that we have repented and turned our backs on sin.
Grace of God
2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
Through him, meaning Jesus, we also obtained access by faith into God’s grace. The word grace means an undeserved favor, meaning that we are getting from God what we don’t deserve. We are getting from God what we did nothing to deserve. The word access in Greek is the word “prosagoge” meaning being granted the right to approach. The word stand in Greek is the word “histemi” meaning to remain in or to be established. So, therefore, the verse means that through this very same faith that gave us peace with God, we also were granted the right to approach the underseved favour granted to us by God in which we now remain or are established in.
Hope of the Glory of God
and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
and through this faith, not only did we recieve peace with God, standing in the grace of God but now, we have now also recieved the hope of the glory of God. We have now hope to one day also receive the very glory of God and we rejoice in that.
3 Not only that, but 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.
Instead of complaining about the suffering that we go through, we actually rejoice in those sufferings. One can say but why would someone rejoice in his sufferings, is that normal? Well if you are a Christian it is very normal because we know that sufferings produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope never puts us to shame. Why because God’s love has been poured on us through the Holy Spirit that we recieved when we beleived. If you suffer and you overcome, the more you can overcome, the more you build endurance or perseverance. The more you can endure, you will build character meaning that you will be stronger in faith. The stronger your faith, the more hope you have. This hope has never put anyone to shame and it will not put us to shame because God’s love was not given to us but was poured in us through the Holy Spirit and through this amazing love, we overcome all.
Jesus chose exactly the right time to die for us while we were still weak. Weak in the sense that we were overcome by the devil and the things of this world. It is normal for a person to die for a holy person even for a god person but for a wicked or bad person, no one dies for them but Jesus while we still sinners, wicked and as bad as they come, he died for us. This is how much we are loved by God and his Son and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Reconciliation with God and Salvation
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.
As much as we were justified by the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross, we shall also be saved by him from the wrath of God. While we were still enemies of God through our sinning attitude, Jesus’s death reconciled us with God and now we will be saved by his life, meaning that because he is now alive and at the right hand side of God, we will now be saved by him. By reconciling us, Jesus established a relationship between God and us. Jesus brought us closer to one another and by his life, we will now be saved.
Father thank you for the message and may the message find good soil in the hearts of those that will read this in Jesus name, amen.