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About-Him.Com Devotional 11-03-2012

Thought in Romans
Peace With God

  Text: Romans 5:1 ¶  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  

At this point in his narrative, Paul has finished laying the groundwork that showed that all men were sinners and condemned before God. Whether Jew or gentile, all men were guilty and in need of a Savior.  Using the example of father Abraham, he showed that we are saved by faith and faith alone, rather than by our good works.  

Abraham believed God and by acting  upon his belief, demonstrated that he had genuine faith (Ja. 2:17). Likewise our faith is demonstrated by believing and obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we believe the gospel, we are declared righteous before God; this is not the end of our journey, but only the beginning and what a marvelous journey it is. Because we have placed our faith in the fact that Jesus took our place on the cross and shed His blood on our behalf, we now have peace with God.  Having peace with God, we do not have to fear His wrath, now or in the future (Ro. 5:9-10).  

Text: Romans 5:2a  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand…..,    

Because of Jesus, our faith in Him gives us 24/7 access to the throne of God.  He went beyond the veil that separated us from God and entered into the holy of holies on our behalf. Jesus is our High Priest. He continually lives and makes intercession for us at the throne of God (He. 4:15, 7:24-25, 8:1, 9:11,24).  

Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us].  

Romans 8:34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Jesus our High Priest was pleased to take  the nature of man and dwell  among us (Php. 2:5-8). He was tempted in all the areas that we are tempted, yet He was without sin.  

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

Because of such a High Priest, we can come boldly to the throne of God to find help in the time of need. We don’t have to wait until we’re on a spiritual high, heaven’s door is continually open. Our High Priest will meet us there. Our faith has purchased us access into this grace in which we stand.    

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  

Text: Romans 5:2b ………and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  

We have fellowship with God because we are at peace with Him. We have no condemnation because we  are in Christ Jesus, we don’t walk  after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Ro. 8:1).  Having this intimate relationship with our Creator produces joy. We express our joy in a continual outpouring of praise and adoration to Him.  

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  

Text: Romans 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
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.

However: Tribulation is an integral part of our Christian experience. Jesus told us that we would have tribulation in this world but that we can rejoice because He has overcome the world (Jn. 16:33). He said we would be hated of all men, because of Him (Lu. 21:17). We in the western world don’t see a lot of this because our society in based on religious tolerance. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this is changing and that opposition to the Christian faith is increasing. We are not ashamed of the testimony of Jesus because He dwells in our hearts by His Spirit and He has promised to go with us every step of the way end (Mt. 28:20; He. 13:5)  

We also have the tribulations of everyday life. A lot of things can change in a moment such as loss of work, finances and  health. We have a loving God who feeds the sparrow and clothes the lily. He knows the number of hairs on our head. He is eager for us to trust Him so that He can demonstrate His care for us (Mt. 6:25-34).  

On Another Note:  

Our hearts go out to the millions of people who are suffering because of hurricane Sandy. It is my prayer all those who are affected will be able to look beyond their circumstances and call upon our Savior.  

Perhaps you’ve noticed that people in authority are taking notice of what some call global warming and others dismiss as climate. Given the frequency of these killer storms, many are asking, “Is this the new normal?” and “What can we do about it?”. The consensus seems to be that yes, this is the new normal that is only going to get worse.  

The following scripture has been on my mind since  hurricane Sandy began. The phrases, distress of nations, with perplexity; and The sea and the waves roaring keep going over and over in my mind.  

All of these things are to precede the Lord’s return. The phrase, When we see these things begin to happen to come to pass indicates to me that things will progressively get worse (Mt. 24:8).  

However, we don’t despair we are to look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.  

Luke 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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Live as if you thought that Christ might come at any time. Do everything, as if you did it for the last time. Say everything, as if you said it for the last time. Read every chapter in the Bible, as if you did not know whether you would be allowed to read it again. - J. C. Ryle  

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