The Salvation Package
Romans 5: 1-5, The Salvation Package
Justification is God declaring someone to be right with Him based on what Jesus did for that person on the cross. It is based on grace through faith in Jesus. Justification is only the first step. After justification, Christians will receive the benefits of the salvation package.
VV 1-3, ”1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”.
Three benefits of our salvation package:
1. Peace with God, v1. A non Christian is in enmity with God due to sin. Through faith in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, God declared that person righteous, giving that person peace with God, peace of God, and peace from God.
2. Access to God, v2. When Jesus died on the cross, God ripped apart from top to bottom, the temple veil separating the holy place from the holy of holies. Justification is the access key to God’s throne room of grace in heaven.
3. Future hope. v2 b. Christians can rejoice in the future hope of enjoying the glory of God in heaven.
When our past sins are forgiven, we have peace with God. In the present, we have access to God. In the future, we have the hope of heaven.
Our hope is based on Jesus’ high priestly prayer, John 17: 24, and His resurrection. 1 Peter 1: 3 b, ‘’a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’’
VV 3-5,” 3 And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”.
Purpose of tribulations:
Tribulations work for you in your favor. Romans 8:28, ‘’and we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God and are called by His name’’.
Tribulation produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, character produces hope, and hope will not disappoint because God loved you. Rejoice in tribulation and claim the promise that the just shall live by faith. Glory and rejoice in COVID 19, because there is a purpose in Covid 19.
Heavenly Father, thank You for justification by grace through faith in Jesus. Thank You for declaring us just as if we have never sinned even though we are sinners. Thank You that through justification, we peace with You, access to You, and hope of heaven in the future, in Jesus’ name, Amen.