Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
True belief that lives by faith knows that peace with God comes only through Jesus.
What does all this justification through faith really mean? How does it all come together and benefit us as sinners? In Chapeter 5 of Romans, it’s time for Paul to really nail down the advantages of justification by faith and start transitioning to spell out more clearly what this grace through faith really entails.
Grace through faith ultimately means peace. Not peace that is free from the heartaches of this world, but peace with God. Tribulations will still come — sometimes as a direct result of our faith — but when we persevere through them with our faith intact, we will have proven character that only reinforces and strengthens the hope that we had when we started this journey of faith.
It is the love Christ demonstrated when He willingly died for every single sinner that gets us through this life. Who would volunteer to die for a sinful person? No one that I know of but that’s the undeniable beauty of Christ’s love. Everyone one of us are helpless and in need before God, and Jesus did what needed to be done to reconcile us back to God so we could have the advantage to live in peace in a world without peace.
With such devotion to saving us, how could we not know how much He loves us? This is how true belief knows that peace with God only comes through Jesus. It only took one transgression of Adam to bring condemnation and death into the world, but it also only took one act of righteousness of Jesus to have grace that abounded above and beyond all the many, many transgressions that came from and after Adam. How many transgressions does this grace cover? All of them! From the beginning of believing in the power of this good news (Rom. 1:16) to the end of our physical life, grace will abound to wipe away those sins. Now, physical death doesn’t look so scary, but actually becomes desirable as it brings an eternal life of peace with our Lord. This is the ultimate peace we all desire.