Summary: Those who are right with God are at peace with Him (1-2a), find joy in the hope of seeing Him (2b), find joy in the journey (3-5a), and are filled with His love (5b).
The Blessings of Being Right with God
Romans 5:1-5 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 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. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 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.
Intro: Paul has been sharing in the previous chapter how only faith in God can make a person right with God. This idea of being made right with God is called being justified. Justification is a big word that basically means “declared righteous.” Paul took great pains to make it clear that nobody can be declared righteous or justified based on their works. There is nothing we can brag about that would make us righteous. Only by trusting in Jesus can we be made righteous (Jews, Gentiles alike).
-So Paul begins ch.5 by saying, “Now, since we have been made righteous through faith….” The believers at Rome were working out their differences, but Paul doesn’t try to disqualify any of them. If their faith is in Jesus, they have been justified, made right with God.
-Our text today gives several blessings or benefits of being right with God. Let’s go ahead and look at them.
1. Those who are right with God are at peace with Him (1-2a)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
-We were enemies of God, but if you have put your trust in Jesus and asked God to forgive you and make you right with Him, then you are now a friend of God – just like Abraham! And it is by faith (trusting God) that you are able to live in His grace. Standing in grace could also be called standing in God’s favor. Someone made an acrostic from the word GRACE (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense).
-The wealth of God replaces the wrath of God! All because of Jesus! No more fighting against God – a war you can never win! The only way to win is to lose. Lose your pride, lose your resistance to God, lose your life without God! Join His team! Those who put their faith in God and receive what Jesus did for them on the cross find peace with God!
2. Those who are right with God find joy in the hope of seeing Him (2b)
Romans 5:2b “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”
-Sometimes when we see phrases like this (“the glory of God”), we tend to pass over them because they sound so churchy or religious. It’s actually a beautiful phrase, but it helps to really look at what it means.
-One day Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory. Exodus 33:17-18 17 And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name." 18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."