1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through 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. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For 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! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
As we start this fifth chapter in Romans I need to remind everyone where we just came from in the past chapters. Paul has spent almost all of the last chapters telling us of our fallen nature, our sinfulness, and the just wrath of God. God has been at war with us and us with Him. We have been completely disobedient, we have been arrogant, and we have been sin lovers and God hatters since the fall of Adam.
But he had mercy on us and sent His only Son Jesus Christ down to bear the sins of all those who would have faith in Him. As Christians He took every sin that I brought against Him and every sin that you brought against Him and the full wrath of God was absorbed by a sinless loving Christ. One sinless perfect man absorbed the wrath of all of our entire sin. His suffering, His pain, His torment and His abandonment was equal to the combined punishment that all of us justly deserved.
It is said that the greatest pain in hell is that of knowing that God has completely abandoned you. That there is a total and complete mourning of the loss of Gods love. The absence of that love is in itself a torture of overwhelming magnitude that we could never comprehend.
And Christ Himself felt that torturous abandonment of His Fathers love for Him as He was nailed and hanging from the cross.
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
Justification – Being justified before God and being forgiven by God are not identical. To be justified in a courtroom is not the same as being forgiven. Being forgiven implies that I am guilty and my crime is not counted. Being justified implies that I have been tried and found innocent. My claim is just. I am vindicated. The judge says, “Not guilty.”