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Pastor Brant Seacrist

January 21, 2018

"BEING JUSTIFIED"

TEXT: Romans 5: 1-2
READING:  Isaiah 55: 1-13

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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 cause.
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.
2) 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.”
2) We are justified “by Christ.”
3) We are justified “by His grace.”
3. Faith brings us to Christ and thus to the knowledge and perception of Being Justified!

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.
2. 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 grace.
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 John Gill).
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.