Justification Plus . . .
"He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 4:25-5:1 (HCSB)
The Apostle Paul addresses the power of believers' faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the one whose sinless life paid our sin debt, In Romans, chapter 4. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are justified, declared righteous, and have peace with God. What more could we ask for in an abundant life of promise? But there's more!
In the verses following those above are phrases from the "Holman Christian Standard Bible" version that introduce . . . blessing after . . . blessing after . . . blessing.
Verse 2: We have also obtained . . .
Verse 3: And not only that . . .
Verse 5: God's love has been poured out . . .
Verse 9: Much more then . . .
Verse 10: . . . then how much more . . .
Verse 11: . . . and not only that . . .
Reading through the passage, Romans 5:1-11, concludes with the final phrase, ". . . we have now received this reconciliation."
We acknowledge special turns and events in our lives, but the continually flowing blessings day after day are mostly taken for granted as just life circumstances. We are no doubt delivered from many unseen troubles, and unrealized good fortunes are diverted to us. Burdens are lifted and benefits are gained along life's road taking us all the way to eternal salvation!
Often, as I acknowledge the blessings in my life, lyrics of early hymns come to mind. Today the verse is from "Trust and Obey" (Lyrics by: John H. Sammis, 1887):
"When we walk with the Lord
in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey."
"You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy." 1 Peter 1:8 (HCSB)
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Scripture is taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Copyright 2004 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. Used with Permission. All Rights Reserved.
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