Peace With God: Romans 5:1
“1) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans‬ ‭5:1‬
This might be the most glorious verse in the entire Bible. Because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, we can experience total peace and reconciliation with God based on faith. From that point forward, we become part of His family and He deals with us as with sons and daughters.
I do not take peace with God as an insignificant thing. For years as a non-believer, I was at enmity with God and the world around me. I was fighting an inner war. All of that ended the evening I surrendered to Jesus Christ and invited Him into my life as Lord and Savior. It was the beginning of a new life.
As Romans chapter five unfolds, Paul begins to count the many benefits of being justified by faith. It culminates is Romans 8:1 by saying; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Why? The next three verses explain how the law of the Spirit of life in Christ set us free from the law of sin and of death. Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves. We need not live under guilt and condemnation. We can come to peace with God, with ourselves and with other people.
Paul’s own life is an example of justification by faith and coming to total peace with God. In Philippians 3:4-11 he shares his personal story. His inner battles raged until he met Jesus Christ. Neither religion, nor good works, nor trying to keep the Law on his own merit satisfied his inner itch or calmed his inner battles, even though he was trying really hard. (See Philippians 3:4-7) But when he came to Jesus Christ, he found a value beyond his wildest dreams. He was finally at peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ. (See Philippians 3:8-11)
The same can happen for you! All of the benefits of Romans 5-8 can be put on your account through grace and faith in Jesus Christ. You can be “born-again” to a whole new way of life.
I encourage you to read these chapters in the book of Romans very slowly with a pen or highlighter in hand. If these things are not happening in you, it’s time to place personal faith in Jesus Christ and invite Him into your life.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global