“Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood.
Someone defined justification as an act of God, pardoning sinners and accepting them as righteous for Christ’s sake. He said “it is a forensic, or legal, term meaning that sinners are declared righteous; it is a positional term meaning that we are declared righteous positionally before God, even though we are still practically speaking sinners.”
What did we do to merit such a divine pardon? Nothing! What is the means by which this pardon is received? By faith and faith alone! Not by our good deeds less any man should boast. And this faith through the redemption blood of Jesus Christ.
Our great confidence lies in the fact that God has already punished our sins on His cross. That’s why God can be both just and the justifier of those who believe in Jesus. Christ is our propitiation. It is only because He is our substitute that He is able to be our propitiation. This word won’t mean much to you if you think of God as only being loving with no wrath toward sin. But if you believe in the God of Prov. 6:16, who hates sin and if you believe in the God of Ps. 7:11, who is angry with the wicked every day, this word will be of great comfort to you.
We were helplessly deserving of God’s wrath toward us for our sin, but God set forth Jesus to be our propitiation or satisfaction (Rom. 3:25-26).
The result of justification is peace with God through our Lord Jesus. Christ satisfied the wrath of God for us on the cross of Calvary. He is our substitute that He might be our propitiation that He might be our reconciliation. Rom. 5:10 tells us that “. . . when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, . . .” In Col. 1:20-22, Paul says Christ made peace by reconciling us to Himself. Christ alone is our reason for peace with God and our state of declared righteousness before Him.
You want peace, believe in the Lord Jesus, accept Him as your savior by faith and you shall be justified by God and He will guarantee you His peace.
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