Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us

- Romans 5:1-5

Breathtaking Truth of the Gospel

As I begin to write this blog, I cannot take my mind off of Romans 5:1-2. If I could summarize the one thousand explanations of the Gospel that I have heard into one sentence, it would be this verse. I believe in the power of this verse so much that if I could have “last words” to any of my friends who I wanted to know Jesus, I would tell them to read this passage and to contemplate its meaning.

Let’s take it in pieces - To paraphrase, the first phrase says, because you said yes to a relationship with Jesus, God now looks at you and sees you as pure and blameless as he sees Jesus. We need to stop right there and try to take that it in, because that is too insanely good to be true. But, luckily it is.

 

What Does God Really Say About You?

I want to ask you to take a moment to visualize this concept. This may sound odd, but try to picture yourself from God’s point of view. Then, I want you to imagine that you can hear God’s thoughts as He is looking at you. Note that He is not listing off your faults, or criticizing you. Instead, I want you to hear what He really thinks when He looks at you:

God thinks about how much He loves you.

God thinks about how clean you are because of Jesus.

God thinks about all of the good plans He has for your life.

God thinks about how He cannot wait to show you how He is using your current circumstances for good.

God thinks about how excited He is to have just one glance from your eyes.

 

It's Totally About Faith

God looks at you and sees you as completely forgiven. He holds nothing, and I mean nothing against you when you receive what Jesus did for you on the cross. Therein lies the beauty of Romans 5:1; in order to be at peace with our heavenly Father, all that is required from us is faith in Jesus Christ. I don’t know about you, but nothing sounds more appealing than knowing that the God of the Universe is for me and desperately wants to be at peace with you. Don't allow your self to begin thinking things like, "do I really have faith?", "is all of this true for me if I don't fully understand the gospel?". Starting with, "God I want to want you. Help me know how to want you more and know you more."

These Gospel verses are followed with a seemingly disconnected reference in verses 3-5. However, verses 3-5 fit perfectly because Paul is explaining to his audience how our right standing with God should affect the way that we view the trials of life. Because we have been given God’s grace through the Holy Spirit, we can joyfully encounter and persevere through anything in life because God will never fail! He will never disappoint, and all it takes is perseverance to know that truth for yourself.

Pray

Prayer to pray over yourself: God, would you help me to see you and understand your saving grace rightly. Teach me to rely on you and to take hold of the hope I have because you never fail  

- Bailey Meyne