We Have Peace with God (Part 1)

I have God's forgiveness and His peace because of my personal relationship with His Son.

October 28, 2018

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Romans 5:1

Part 1

We are sinners!  We have all sinned against God!  How can we possibly have peace with the One whom we have so heinously sinned against?  Each sinner born on God’s green earth is in an awful predicament.  The sinner desperately needs a relationship with God, but as a sinner, his sin will not allow him to approach the holy God.  We sinners like to “do something” to fix the mess we are in, and so many will try to do good works to please God, to somehow appease His righteous wrath toward our sin.  In Romans 4, the apostle has just proven why our works can never bring about our justification, because a sinner may only be justified by faith.

“Therefore being justified by faith,”
Being sinners, we have no righteous works, that can remove our sin.  But there is the righteous sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ that paid the debt of sin for all men, for all time.  He shed His blood on the cross to pay the debt of our sin.  He died in my place (a vicarious sacrifice).  In the light of our verse for today, this may raise a question, “If Jesus died for all sinners, and His blood paid the price for all sin, then isn’t every sinner saved and ready for heaven?”  Sadly, the answer is “no.”  We read “therefore being justified by faith.”  Our justification comes about only by faith.

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness,” (Romans 4:5).

John, in writing of salvation by faith, borrows the story of the fiery serpents from Moses day (Numbers 21:5-9).  Because of the sin of the Children of Israel (they complained about God’s provision for them), God sent poisonous snakes through the camp of Israel.  Many were bitten, and many died.  Moses plead for God to help and He told Moses to make a brass snake an put it up on a pole in the center of the camp.  Those who were bitten by a fiery serpent were told to look on the brass serpent, and they could live.  It was a simple thing, but some didn’t believe that looking on that brass snake could do anything for them, and they died.  But all those who believed that look could save them were cured, and they lived.  The difference between those who lived and those who died was faith, trusting in God’s provision.  In speaking of saving faith, John said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:14-15).

The pure Gospel message is that we are helpless sinners, and Jesus, our sin-bearer was lifted-up on the cross to die for us.  He is God’s remedy for our sin.  The question is will you trust Him?  Will you look to Him and His work on the cross as God’s provision for you and your sin?  All those who trust His work—by faith, are justified, their sins are forgiven.

Look and Live1
William A. Ogden

1.  I’ve a message from the Lord, hallelujah!
This message unto you I’ll give,
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

Refrain:
“Look and live,” my brother, live,
Look to Jesus now, and live;
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

2.  I’ve a message full of love, hallelujah!
A message, O my friend, for you,
’Tis a message from above, hallelujah!
Jesus said it, and I know ’tis true.

3.  Life is offered unto you, hallelujah!
Eternal life thy soul shall have,
If you’ll only look to Him, hallelujah!
Look to Jesus who alone can save.

4.  I will tell you how I came, hallelujah!
To Jesus when He made me whole—
’Twas believing on His name, hallelujah!
I trusted and He saved my soul.

 

 

 

1.  “Look and Live,” William A. Ogden, 1887.  Copyright Status, Public Domain.  This song based upon Numbers 21:8.