July 28, 2020
20 07 29 Wed. July 29 MIDWEEK MESSAGE: Celebrating the Assets of Justification Part 1
You may have noticed as you read this passage (Romans 5:1-3) that there is a 3-fold celebrating that reflects the victorious joy and confidence believers have from being justified. Justification is the theme of this context in Romans. The celebrating is more inclusive than prayer alone. It actually flows out of a natural jubilation flowing out in prayer. It is our spontaneous response to being in harmony with God.
The apostle Paul moves in 3 responses as follows in the text. Feel the depth of what he senses based on the great truth of justification.
Lord willing, Romans 5:1-11 will serve as our Bible study text for the next 3 studies.
Here is an outline of these 3 Bible studies that will serve to guide our thoughts.
(This study will cover: I. The CONTENT OF THE BLESSINGS (Read Romans 5:1-2)
(Study #2 next week): II. The Consequences of Tribulation (Romans 5:3-5a)
(Study #3 the week after): III. The Comparison of God’s Love (Romans 5:5b-11)
I. The CONTENT OF THE BLESSINGS (Read Romans 5:1-2)
Paul emphasizes 3 blessings:
A. As believers, we have Peace (Romans 5:1)
Having been declared righteous by God, we are continuing to have peace with God. This is through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is our peace. He stablished peace by the work of the cross, and He proclaimed peace (Read Ephesians 2:14-16). The peace in Romans 5:1 is peace “with God.” This refers to being free of sin’s guilt through the blood of the cross (Read Colossians 1:20). We have been declared righteous on the basis of Christ’ death for us. We also can know the “peace with God” as well (Philippians 4:7). Read also Colossians 3:15). We are given a calm demeanor springing from a confidence in prayer that Christ’s resources are adequate (Philippians 4:6).
B. As believers, we have Access (Romans 5:2a)
Paul uses the word as a graphic picture of believers going before the presence of God. We have an admittance, an access as those gaining an interview before the very throne of a king. This entrance is by faith. And it is into the realm of grace. This grace is the generous favor that God has given. Without getting technical, the idea of “stand” means having assumed a stand in the past, and still stand. This access is face to face with God. We are now reconciled to God (Romans 5:10). We are now friends with Him. We are welcomed into His presence as a wonderful opportunity for prayer. Paul communicates this in his next sought.
C. As believers, we can Rejoice (Romans 5:2b)
The sequence is, having been justified…we are having peace with God…we have obtained our access in to this grace and we rejoice in hop of the glory that God will confer on us
Paul emphasizes that believers are to have a joyous confidence in this truth. He even repeats it 2 more times in Romans 5:3; Romans 5:11). This triumphant celebration is in hope of receiving the future glory (Romans 8:30; 2 Corinthians 4:17). It also makes a difference even in present afflictions (Romans 5:3). And remember, it is in God (Romans 5:11).
The verb for “rejoice” in Romans 5:2-4 means we “go on rejoicing!) It means “to boast, glory, exult.” In other passages it refers to a glorying in various relations. It can be a boasting in God’s Word which is pleasing to Him (Romans 2:17, 23). The word denotes a glorying in God, not in man (I Corinthians 1:31; II Corinthians 10:17). Glorying is also to be in Christ (Philippians 3:3). In our weaknesses it points to a trust in God’s grace as sufficient
(2 Corinthians 12:9). Rejoicing in God is an important response to the blessing of justification. Let’s sit in quiet meditation and prayer before God and with other believers in the sweet fellowship of the local church family. In essence Paul rejoices in God in Romans 1:25; 6:17; 7:25; 9:5; 11:33-36; 16:27. Read these verses and be blessed.
He also contemplates others celebrating God in Romans 15:6, 9-11!!!
Next time we’ll consider II. The CONSEQUENCES of TRIBULATION (Romans 5:3-5).
Pray for one another. Please pray for your New Union Baptist Church family of faith.
Let’s pray for one another to glorify God. And to live in FAITH and not walk in fear.
Remember God NEVER blesses your fear. He blesses your FAITH!!!
Let’s walk in obedience to His Word.
Love and prayers, Pastor Mike