Text: Romans 5:1-11
Title: How to Have Peace with God
Romans 5:1-11 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
How to Have Peace with God
I. Have Faith in Jesus Christ- v. 1-2
II. Have Faith in God’s Grace- v. 2
III. Have Faith in the Holy Spirit- 3-5
IV. Have Faith in Christ’s Sacrifice- 6-9
V. Have Faith in God’s Promises- 10-11
Peace can mean a lot of different things in different situations. Peace is often used to refer to the opposite of war. Peace is a state of harmony instead of conflict. Peace can also refer to a state of quiet tranquility or calm. Peace comes when two hostile groups reconcile their differences and come to some sort of agreement. Peace is the mending of a broken relationship.
When we talk about peace with God we are talking about the mending of a broken relationship between us as fallen humanity and Him as holy God.
In order to help us catch the whole picture, let me briefly review what we have already studied in the book of Romans so far. The book of Romans was written by Paul as a theological explanation of how we as humans can have peace with God. He goes into great detail explaining how this process of salvation takes place.
If you remember, Paul began this explanation by helping us understand the conflict. There are some people out there who don’t have any understanding of the extent of the conflict between humans and God. If we don’t know that there’s a war going on we won’t be interested in finding peace.
In the first part of this letter to the Romans Paul explains that every singly human being to ever live has been ruined by sin. We have all been tainted by the first sin and we all have a natural inclination towards sin. In other words, Paul teaches that we aren’t all basically good, but that we are all basically evil.
God created us to be in fellowship and harmony with Him. But because of that sinful nature we would rather do our own thing. We don’t really want to be in fellowship with God. We pretend that we do by making God into our own image, but we don’t desire to know the real God.