The Book of Romans
The Benefits of Justification
Justification is being made right with God. The word “therefore” in verse one refers back to what we have already studied. Because the believer has been made right with God his guilt of sin has been removed. Because of the tremendous price Christ paid upon the cross the believer will not have to face the coming judgment of God. Those who have trusted in Christ are justified and are assured that they have a future home in heaven. Justification is not just a guarantee of going to heaven, but is it also the source of tremendous blessings that the believer can enjoy in this life. The believer has a reason to rejoice and praise God because of the benefits of justification found in the text.
I. Peace with God
- V 1, Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Justification refers to the believer’s sound legal status before God while reconciliation describes the believer’s repaired relationship with God. Before a believer is saved he is at war with God because of sin. After trusting in the salvation work of Jesus Christ the believer has peace with God. The peace referred to is that the believer knows that God no longer has any charge against him, that he is no longer guilty before God. We have peace with God through the blood of Jesus Christ, which means that all is right between the believer and God.
- God is Holy and does not need to be reconciled. The guilty sinner does not need to do anything to soften the heart of God. II Corinthians 5:18-21, And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. The message of the Gospel is, “be ye reconciled to God.” By Christ dying on the cross God did not compromise His Holy character. Therefore, the next move is the guilty sinners. When the guilty sinner accept God’s gift of salvation then He can experience peace that his sins have been forgiven.
II. Access to God
- V 2, By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand. The Jew was kept from God’s presence by the veil in the temple and the Gentile was kept of out by a wall in the temple. But when Jesus died, He tore the veil and broke down the wall. Luke 23:45, And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. Ephesians 2:14, For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. In Christ the believer can draw on the inexhaustible riches of the grace of God. Ephesians 2:18, For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Ephesians 1:6-7, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
- The believer today, has access to God through prayer. The believer can talk to God about his problems, needs, and concerns. We can be assured that God will listen and answer our prayers. God will always answer according to His wisdom and will.
III. Glorious Hope
- V 2, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Today we are living in a time when man has all the comforts of life, but many do not have any future. Because many have lost hope they have turned to alcohol and drug addiction and avenues that have no future. “Peace with God” takes care of the past because God no longer hold the believers sin against him. “Hope of the glory of God” takes care of the future because one day the believer will live by sight and not faith.
- The believer has something to boast about today. As guilty sinners there was nothing to boast about because we fell short of the glory of God. But in Christ we can boast in His righteousness and glory!
IV. Triumph in Tribulation
- Vs 3-4, And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope. Justification is no escape from the trials of life. John 16:33, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Believers can rejoice not only in the future hope but also in our present troubles. Tribulations refer to physical hardships, suffering, and distress.
- Trials and tribulation produce endurance when the believer exercises faith during difficult times. James 1:2, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Tribulation produces character or the quality of being proven. As believers endure tribulation God works in them to develop qualities and virtues that strengthens them and causes them to draw closer to Him. The result is fortified hope in God and His promises.
V. The Holy Spirit
V 5, And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. The reason that the believer can be so confident in hope is because the moment that the believer trust in Christ the Holy Spirit begins to minister within the core of our being, our hearts. 1 Corinthians 6:19, What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
VI. Deliverance from Future Wrath
Romans 5:6-10 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Jesus Christ died in the sinner place. God freely chooses to love us and by doing so confers worth on the believer through faith in Christ. No debt of wrath remains for those who are declared righteous through faith in Christ.
VII. Reconciliation with God
- Romans 5:10-11, For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Since God’s love and the death of Christ has justified the believer by the believer’s faith the believer can expect salvation from God’s wrath.
- The word atonement means brought back into fellowship with God. As a guilty sinner we declare war with God and because of this we deserve to be condemned eternally. But God sent His son as a Peacemaker that people might be reconciled to God.
The results of justification shows how certain our salvation is in Christ. Totally apart from the law, and purely by grace, we have a salvation that takes care of the past, the present, and the future. Christ died for us; Christ lives for us; Christ is coming for us! Hallelujah, what a Savior is Jesus Christ.
Created and Researched by Pastor Dennis Baker
Zion Baptist Church
3485 New Baumgartner Rd. - St. Louis, MO 63129 - Phone: 314-846-1867