• Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

“Justified by faith”, (because we have been justified by faith): It was God’s doing not man’s. Peace with God: This is not a feeling but a standing. God and the believer are no longer at enmity but have been reconciled (Romans 5 v.10, 5 v.11; 2 Cor. 5 v.18). This is a primary result of our justification. “Access”: We can come directly into the presence of God. Jesus Christ is not only our Redeemer, but He is also our Advocate. By Him we gain entrance and acceptance before the Father (1 John 2 v.1-2). Wherein we stand: This is the answer to the psalmist’s question: “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” (Psalms 130 v.3). Rejoice (“we boast”) in hope denotes the absolute certainty the believer has of God’s deliverance.

  • Rom 5 v.10-11: For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
  • Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Justification is the act of God whereby our legal standing in heaven is changed and we are declared righteous. The verb “justify” and the adjective “righteous” are linked in Scripture, since both share a common Greek root. When we express saving faith in God, He adds righteousness and perfection to our record. God is the source, with the power to declare righteous, and man is the recipient, being declared righteous. Abraham is the first person the Bible describes as being justified. This does not mean he was the first child of God, only that his is the first recorded case of justification. With Abraham, as with others later, justification was the result of saving faith (Gen. 15 v.6; Rom. 5 v.1). Anyone who comes to God and trusts Christ for salvation will be justified.


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