Romans 5:1-11 - Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!  Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Is there any place in Scripture so full of hope and cause to rejoice than this text? For many years, it has been (especially the first two verses) one of my favorite “go to” places in all of God’s Word. No doubt, a year’s worth of sermons could be preached from just these eleven verses. And, no doubt, men such as Martyn Lloyd-Jones, James Montgomery Boice, and John Piper most assuredly have.
What glorious good news we find here! Paul declares to us, and to the whole world, that we have been justified by our faith. God has revealed himself to us through the person and work of his Son – our Lord, Savior, and King – the only Mediator between heaven and earth – the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And, (can you believe it?) we’re actually able to enter into a relationship with him in and through God’s gracious gift of faith, again, offered to us without price. Amen and Amen.
So, we might ask, what happens because of that precious truth? First we find peace with God. The war is over. Peace has been declared. We are no longer enemies of God, but have peace with him. Paul isn’t specifically addressing the peace of God here, though that certainly follows. Instead, he is stating the nature of our position before the sin-conquering King. Because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are now at peace with this Sovereign of the Universe and may now enjoy personal intimacy with him. Praise God!
Secondly, it is also through Christ that we gain access to the grace by which we now stand. We are exhorted throughout Scripture to “stand firm.” Indeed, we are told that if we don’t we will not stand at all – we won’t stand to the end. Here we learn how that is possible. Christ Jesus has made that possible, and it is through him that we are able. It’s God’s grace from beginning to end – and all points in between – that enables us.
And third, there is much rejoicing to be found here for we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. “What is the chief end of man?” the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks us. The answer: “To glorify God and enjoy him forever.” This is our purpose, the overriding goal for which we were created. And it is our hope. Now that peace has been declared by God, and now that we are therefore reconciled with him – washed clean in the blood of the Lamb without blemish, we have a hope that is a present reality – as well as a future certainty. What is that hope? To be completely restored to the very image in which we were created and recreated – all to the glory of God.
I could go on and on. However, time and space won’t permit. So let me encourage you to continue studying and meditating on this life-changing text. Come up with your own devotion for verses 3-11. Send me what you discovered.
There are some wonderfully rich themes found here: Rejoicing in suffering, perseverance, character, more on hope, the Holy Spirit, Christ’s substitutionary and sacrificial atonement, the demonstration of God’s love to sinners, justification, salvation from God’s wrath, reconciliation, more on rejoicing – it’s all there and more.
I have read and taught these words countless times and, to date, have never ceased to be amazed by them. God has continually used them to fill me with newfound gratitude, humility, and joy. I pray that he will use them in your life today. They are a treasure indeed.
Grace and Truth,