June 16 - Romans 5:1

Sunday, June 16, 2013

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Justification is a term Paul uses to describe “being made righteous.”  Notice that he emphasizes here that is something done by faith. In other words, the work has been done by God … all we have to do is believe.

This is one of those things that Christians insist on making much too difficult. In order to be saved, make it to heaven, be born again, walk among the saints … whatever you want to call it … all you have to do is believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross to save you from your sins.  It’s really nothing more than saying “yes” to God.

Sin is the thing that separates us from God, so … the letters of Paul and others in the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ are guidelines by which we can remain in relationship with God. However, if we do all of those things but never say yes to the gift of salvation God offered to us, that doesn't make us anything more than a good person.  We've worked way too hard for … nothing in the overall scheme of things.

Paul tells us over and over that because we have said “yes,” and have faith that Jesus Christ is our Savior, we end up doing the things that continue to keep us in a relationship with God because we love Him.

Once we make that decision to say yes to God and he forgives us all of the sin that we have committed in our lives, Paul tells us that we have peace with God.

It’s as easy as that.  Jesus Christ didn't come to earth in order to make it more difficult to find our way to God; he came to make it as easy as possible. He wants us to find peace. He wants there to be peace on earth.

Say yes.