Rom 5:1-5  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Justification is the proclamation of innocence by God over your life. Rather than simply being forgiven we are ones who have been acquitted and declared innocent by the blood of Christ.  This is a monumental truth, one that we must take time to meditate on and allow it to change our minds and our emotions.

There are several Major implications of realizing that you are justified by the blood of Jesus:

The one who understands justification will then be filled with gratitude in love.  No longer will they be motivated by shame to prove that they should be forgiven or accepted by God, rather they will realize they are already declared innocent and will be motivated gratitude in love. They will serve God with fervency because they have been justified not in order to be justified.

PEACE WTH GOD

The next major implication is found in the next phrase in the verse, “We have peace with God.” Peace with God is a simple phrase that is easy to pass over, but it has huge implications.  To say that we have peace with God is an incredible statement.

Oh the precious possession of peace with God!  Because we have peace with God we can have peace in our soul.  But peace with God is not the same as peace in our soul.  Peace in our soul comes as a result of understanding that we have peace with God.  – It’s ease… it’s peace.

In understanding that we have peace with God we then are able to understand incredible truths about God’s nature and attitude toward us.

He’s not on the verge of exploding in anger with you. He’s not agitated nor frustrated.  He is at peace with you.  Whereas, before there was enmity between us and God, now there is peace.  It’s been healed.  The breach has been restored.

“We have found peace in his eyes”

Song 8:10 …Then I became in his eyes as one who found peace.

Song 8:10 Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment

Song 8:10 Just looking at me brings Him great pleasure.

This verse conveys a two-fold truth 1) We are ones who have found peace in His presence, when His gaze is upon us then we feel the greatest amount of peace 2) When He looks at us He receives great great pleasure.

RIGHTLY COMPREHENDING PEACE

To rightly comprehend the peace we have with God, we must understand the violence of separation through sin, the concepts of enmity & the power of reconciliation in order to comprehend peace.

Violence of separation

God has foreknown us all, dreamed of us all, destined us all, and considered the intimacy He would share with us all.

Jer 1:5  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

God has foreknown us.  He has called us and ordained us all before we were even conceived.

Can you comprehend the tearing of losing the one you have desired to be intimate with for eternity… Now consider the pain of losing 2.  What about 3.  In a moment… Billions were severed from God in the fall.

Some consider the darkest day in human history to be the day that mankind murdered Jesus.  However, that day was the day that eternal separation was mended by the power of the cross.  I would propose the darkest day in human history was the day that billions of those who were foreknown by God were instantly severed from His eternal dreams for them.

Our separation from God was violent and painful… yet it did not just produce separation it produced enmity.

Enmity with God

Through Adam’s sin the entirety of humanity entered into enmity.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Our minds became carnal, making our thought processes in opposition to God’s.  And it goes further saying that our carnal minds are at enmity to God, not subject to the Law of God, and unable to be subject to God.

It wasn’t only that we were separated from God, through sin we are in direct opposition to God.  We became haters of God.  The very ones that he dreamed of and loved with an everlasting love, became extreme haters of Him.

Col 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

The Truth or Reconciliation

Do we understand the violence that was necessary to bring about the reconciliation

There was incredible violence in our tearing from God.  What could possibly mend this breach but an equal tearing.  Christ on the Cross was the necessary tearing to bring the mending.

The veil of His flesh was torn which is what brought healing to our relationship with God

Heb 10:19-20  Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,  20  by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

1Pe 3:18  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Eph 2:11-18  Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh–who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands– 12  that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  14  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,  15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,  16  and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  17  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  18  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

This is our ministry… Reconciliation

We have been given the ministry of reconciliation

2Co 5:17 – 20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19  that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

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