Kingly Living! – 1

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Scripture References: Romans 5

Since Romans is a book of logic, it is also a book of “therefores.” We have the “therefore” of condemnation in Romans 3:20, justification in Romans 5:1, no condemnation in Romans 8:1, and dedication in Romans 12:1. In presenting his case, Paul has proved that the whole world is guilty before God, and that no one can be saved by religious deeds, such as keeping the Law. He has explained that God’s way of salvation has always been “by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8–9), and he has used Abraham as his illustration. If a reader of the letter stopped at this point, he would know that he needed to but also could be saved.

But there is much more the sinner needs to know about justification by faith. Can he be sure that it will last? How is it possible for God to save a sinner through the death of Christ on the cross? Romans 5 is Paul’s explanation of the last two words in Romans 4: “our justification.” He explained two basic truths in chapter 5: the blessings of our justification (verses 1–11), and the basis for our justification (verses 12–21).

The Blessings of Our Justification

In listing these blessings, Paul accomplished two purposes. First, he told how wonderful it is to be a Christian. Our justification is not simply a guarantee of heaven, as thrilling as that is, but it is also the source of tremendous blessings that we enjoy here and now.

His second purpose was to assure his readers that justification is a lasting thing. His Jewish readers in particular would ask, “Can this spiritual experience last if it does not require obedience to the Law? What about the trials and sufferings of life? What about the coming judgment?” When God declared us righteous in Jesus Christ, He gave to us seven spiritual blessings that assure us that we cannot be lost.

Peace with God (verse 1). The unsaved person is at “enmity against God” (Romans 5:10; 8:7) because he cannot obey God’s Law or fulfill God’s will. Two verses from Isaiah make the matter clear: “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” – Isaiah 48:22; “The work of righteousness will be peace” (Isaiah 32:17). Condemnation means that God declares us sinners, which is a declaration of war. Justification means that God declares us righteous, which is a declaration of peace, made possible by Christ’s death on the cross. “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.” – Psalm 85:10. “Because the law brings about wrath” (Romans 4:15), nobody condemned by the Law can enjoy peace with God. But when you are justified by faith, you are declared righteous, and the Law cannot condemn you or declare war against you!

Access to God ( verse 2a). The Jew was kept from God’s presence by the veil in the temple; and the Gentile was kept out by a wall in the temple with a warning on it that any Gentile who went beyond would be killed. But when Jesus died, He tore the veil (Luke 23:45) and broke down the wall (Ephesians 2:14). In Christ, believing Jews and Gentiles now have access to God (Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 10:19–25); and they can draw on the inexhaustible riches of the grace of God (Ephesians 1:7; 2:4; 3:8). We stand “in grace” and not “in Law.” Justification has to do with our standing; sanctification has to do with our state of being. The child of a king can enter his father’s presence no matter how the child looks. The word “access” here means “entrance to the king through the favor of another.”

To Be Continued

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Adapted and modified excerpts from Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary Volume 1.
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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