Peace with God

Pastor Dr. Elmer Hess, Jr., INSTRUCTOR

Romans 5:1-11 NLT

Faith Brings Joy

1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace[a] with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

What does it mean to be justified?

How should Christian hope affect a person’s attitude toward his or her current circumstances or goals?

In what ways does suffering produce endurance?

Before we came to Christ we were at war with God. We were rebels against the laws of God, feeling that they were too restrictive. We believed the lies of Satan as he made sin seem attractive. He blinded us to the fact that sin was destroying us. So we fought against God, not realizing that He was trying to save us. We knew we were at war, but we didn’t know that we were fighting against God. Then Jesus told us, “Come to Me, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). When we accepted Christ and experienced His rest we realized that the war is over. There is such peace! There is such rest! To know that God is now on my side.

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