Boston_bombing_dynamic_timeline_503730000_20130419171942_640_48010 days ago, we began to hear the horrific news that two bombs had been detonated at the Boston Marathon with hundreds of casualties. The tragedy, we have come to find out, was perpetrated by two brothers, 26 and 19 who had anti-American leanings. We watched last week as the drama unfolded and the two men were hunted down by the FBI, one losing his life and the other captured. We came to find out that as many as 24 people lost limbs in this attack and 3 lost their lives, one of whom was 8-years-old. Painful, horrifying, unthinkable. Pick an adjective, it won’t do justice to the incredible sense of loss so many are still feeling as a result of this tragedy.

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Rom 5:1-5  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  4  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

We must comprehend that we have a chosen path, by God, a walk that the Lord has laid before each of us that is intricately designed by heaven to bring us into maturity in love.

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Rom 5:1-3  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

The truths of these verses all build on one another…
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Rom 5:1-5  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  4  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Read More

Rom 5:1-2  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

By Faith we are Justified, and because of this we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. And by Faith we have obtained introduction and access into grace through our Lord Jesus Christ, the grace that we are standing in. Read More

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: Read More

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

THE CONCEPT OF JUSTIFICATION – THE PROCLAMATION OF OUR INNOCENCE

The word ‘justify’, shows up in the Scripture about 50 times.  1/3rd of those are in the book of Romans.

The Greek term that we translate justify – is a legal term that was used in Roman courts of law to describe that an individual had been acquitted of the crimes that they were accused of. It was a proclamation of innocence over the accused.

We have not simply been forgiven, we have been justified. Read More

Rom 5:1-5  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2  through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  3  And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  4  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  5  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Read More