SUBJ: The blessedness of
justification by faith and the peace with God which we are given and
directed to enjoy, having grace to stand and a hope wherein we rejoice.
AIM: That we might fully avail
ourselves of that which Christ has purchased for us and especially that
we might think upon peace with God which is reconciliation.
INTR: The things which follow in
this chapter are the conclusions the Apostle would have us to enjoy and
come in a way of full partaking and participation.
1. The “therefore”
embraces all that has gone before in the letter as we are reminded of
the universal condemnation of men in the first chapter, that God is no
respecter of persons in chapter 2, the declaration of righteousness
without the Law in chapter 3, and the declaration of justification by
faith in chapter 4.
2. Our attention is called to the blessedness of
being justified with a view toward glorifying God in claiming these
things and resting therein.
3. Thus, we will begin with the
consideration of the justified state of believers and see it as the
means of reconciliation with God by His grace and for His glory.
THESIS: The thought of being arrests
our attention on the continuing nature of our salvation as we note that
we are being, having, accessing, and standing.
I. Being justified
by faith (v.1a)
1. We would be reminded that faith was not the
efficient cause of our justification nor could any other work be the
1) It is the work of Christ as determined from all eternity
upon the elect of God but brought to accomplishment by the suffering of
Christ under the justice of God and His subsequent resurrection.
It is realized in the believer when God given faith lays hold on the
fact of it in Jesus Christ our Lord and so finds application in our
hearts and minds.
2. That realization brings us to a certain reality
of a divine work accomplished for us and applied to us both on our
account and in or lives.
1) We are justified by “His blood.”
are justified “by Christ.”
3) We are justified “by His grace.”
Faith brings us to Christ and thus to the knowledge and perception of
II. Peace with God (v. 1b)
1. The Apostle
assumes all the above to have knowledge of and are enjoying that truth.
The first of those things is the sense of being at peace with God.
In looking to the terms used here, some debate the usage we find here
1) The term for “we have” might more properly be “let us have peace with
God” owing to the fact that it is an imperative – meaning we are
directed to do it.
2) This creates a problem in that the thought of
doing something that is God’s to give.
3. The issue is resolved as we
understand that the thought of peace here is that which we have with God
in the sense of being reconciled to Him. (This is not the sense of
tranquility we are said to experience).
1) It is ours to realize that
with the fall of Adam, all men became the declared enemies of God as to
His presentation to them and their nature.
2) What was necessary then
was reconciliation and this God did.
3) And so, we have peace (are
reconciled to God).
4. How then could it be said then “let us have
peace with God.”
1) See first: And all things are of God, who hath
reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the
ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:18
2) Then: Now then we
are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray
you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20.
3) Conclusion: We see it as a fact that we are at peace with God and
thus bidden to enjoy it as a matter of experience.
III. We have
access into this grace (v. 2)
1. Whatever aspect of salvation we may
name, be it pardon, forgiveness, sanctification and so on, it is all of
2. This grace could be paralleled with: Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16.
3. Thus, it is not only
those things done by Christ and in Christ that pertain to things in
which we were passive, but we are brought to enjoy the comforts of
companionship, fellowship and divine helps in every aspect of this life.
4. And so, we stand:
1) Finding boldness, courage, and fearlessness
and a freedom from a servile fear and a bashful spirit (adapted from
2) We are assured of the power of God as to both
authority and ability to stand for the Gospel.
3) Having the
confidence of acceptance with God.
5. And we rejoice as we do in that
Blessed hope which is Christ our Lord: To whom God would make known what
is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27.