What we have when we have Christ (part 1)

Romans 5:1-11 is an amazing passage.

In the context, Paul has taught about the problem of sin (1:18-3:20), is in the middle of explaining the provision of salvation (3:21-5:21) and will turn his attention to the power for sanctification (6-8).

As he develops the provision of salvation, Paul lays out what God has done through Christ (3:21-31) to enable sinful man to have a relationship with Him by faith (chapter 4).

That’s where chapter 5 picks up–“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God.”

The present reality of a past action.

When we place our faith in Christ’s cross work, God declares us to be in a right relationship with Him (the removal of guilt, the bestowal of positional righteousness) and replaces hostility with peace.

From this first verse, we can see that we can know for certain that we are justified (“have been justified”). We can know for certain we are saved.

And that’s just verse one of this great passage.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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