The Message in Romans (20)

What do we have because we are justified?

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 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.” Romans 4:25; 5:1, 2, NIV. (Emphasis is mine)

In our current understanding of the law of intelligence, we know that the human body became sinful because of our spirit, in our body, sinned in the garden of Eden. Therefore, our spirit had to die as the wages for sin. “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man.” Romans 8:3, NIV. (The emphasis is mine).

When we sinned in the first Adam, in the garden of Eden, we became God’s enemies. However, Jesus Christ offered His body, on the cross at Golgotha, as the venue whereby God’s wrath could be poured out on our sin.  By destroying our sin, God established a lasting peace between Him and His enemies, the sinful humankind. God made us His friends by taking away from us that which made us His enemies. By our sin, in the garden of Eden, we lost the peace with God and were unable to reestablish it. However, because God loves us, we now have the everlasting peace with Him, in Jesus Christ. For this peace to become our personal experience, we must trust Jesus that He has accomplished everything needed for our justification, our righteousness, our peace with God, and our salvation. All of this comes to us by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ only. It does not happen through our good works. (Romans 1 – 8). It does not come by our doctrines, ordinances, rules, and teachings. (Romans 4:9 – 12). Moreover, it does not happen by our obedience to the law. (Romans 4:13 – 25). It is in Jesus Christ and Him only.

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Dan Lazich

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