The Message in Romans (21)

The fruit of justification.

 We have seen that we have eternal peace with God if we remain under the umbrella of justification by the faithfulness of Jesus. In chapter five of the Romans, Paul continues to stress that what we have and what we are in Jesus Christ is the work of God on behalf of His enemies – the sinful humankind. He shows that the first fruit of our justification by the faithfulness of Jesus is the lasting peace with our God.

The second fruit is our present standing in the grace. “… we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:2, NIV). Those who remain under the umbrella of the grace of God have not only peace with God, but also His power and strength, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in the believers. “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.” (Romans 5:5, NIV)

How did God pour out His love into our hearts? “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6, NIV). Again, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: When we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV). Paul continues: “For 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.: (Romans 5:10, NIV). What God has accomplished in the body of Jesus Christ, on our behalf, is the supreme act of love toward the helpless humankind. The supreme gift of love that comes vertically from God to us, through the Holy Spirit, should also flow horizontally from us to all human beings, by the same Spirit. “Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:11, NIV). God has accomplished all of the above on our behalf, in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha.

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