How can you not love Romans the fifth chapter? It is a short chapter consisting of only twenty-one verses, but is rich in truth and encouragement. Paul begins the chapter by stating, “Therefore, since we are justified by faith we have peace with God our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v. 1)
Paul has shown us our need for justification in Romans 1:8 – 3:20, and the way of justification 3:21- 4:25 and now in verse 1 of Romans chapter 5 he shows us the fruit of justification. And the greatest fruit of justification is peace with God. Paul is telling us that through the mercy and grace of God we are reconciled with God.
When Adam and Eve sinned they broke their relationship with God and tried their hand at being “like God” themselves. That didn’t work out well for them and they ended up running and hiding from God. But, that is not the end of the story because Genesis chapter 3 tells us that God came calling for them. Romans 5:12 tells us, “therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin and so death spread to all men because all men sinned.”
We have all sinned and like Adam have run and hidden from God. We might define sin as separation from God. The entire Bible is simply the story of God searching for us and calling us back to the Garden. The last chapters of Revelation are all about being reinstated in the Garden once again. The stories of the lost coin, the lost sheep, the lost son and the Good Samaritan to name just a few are about God seeking and calling us to return to Him. God is offering us a renewed relationship based upon what He does and His love.
In Romans 5:1 we see what happens when we accept the grace of God and are reconciled to God; we have peace. This world yearns for peace. We yearn for peace in our personal lives, our relationships, our work environments and for our nation.
Notice that peace with God comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. In Chapter 4 Paul reminds his readers about the faith of Abraham and His relationship to God. “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was, “reckoned to him as righteousness” But the words, “it was reckoned to him” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in Him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was put to death four our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:20-25
Think about these words and let the implication of Paul’s words percolate around in your mind for a while. Our reconciliation to God is based upon the death of Jesus who died for our sins. But if Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave His death would have meant nothing because there couldn’t have been reconciliation – there would have been no justification (being declared right with God).
Remember, our justification is totally of God’s grace and we simply take ahold of that justification by faith that the death and resurrection of Jesus is true and offers us a way home to God. In short, our peace with God comes through the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord.
No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, you have amazing hope. Jesus died on Calvary’s cross and was raised from the grave on the third day that you and I might have salvation and peace right now. When we accept the fact that God loves us, died for us so that we can be reconciled with Him, we have peace of mind and of heart. No matter how bad things look we have assurance that we are in harmony with God and eternity is our home.