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Working Your Faith, Part One

You are “Justified” – and You Have “Access!”

Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
“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.”

We often talk about “faith” without really understanding what faith does: what it avails us to — and how absolutely crucial it is to have an active, passionate, steadily deepening experience of that faith.

 

But to be a “believer” really means that our entire life – everything we do, our way of looking at our present and our future — is founded in our belief — our faith — in God’s goodness, love for us, and protection, provision, and abundance.

We know that our faith is of utmost importance to God, because we’re told in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith, we can’t please Him. In the Greek translation, in this context, “to please” means “to be fully agreeable.” So, in other words, without faith you cannot fully agree with God! And agreeing with God is definitely something we want to do – simply because we love Him… He is our Lord… He is our everything!

So faith is important if we want to be in agreement with God, and please Him. But there are other life-transforming truths about what faith accomplishes.

Paul concludes in Romans 3:28:
“For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”

Just as Romans 5:1-2 states, we have been “justified” by our faith. To justify is “to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation.” I think of “being justified” as, “just as if it had never happened.” A person cannot be “justified” by works, or “self righteousness.” Only faith is enough to justify us – and specifically, in Christ: “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” Romans 3:22.

Now, you might be thinking, “Ok, Paula…we’ve already been justified – judged, and found worthy of salvation, by our faith…how much better can it get than that?”

Well, it actually does get better. According to Romans 5:1, our faith is actually what brings us into peace with God – because peace with God is a work of Jesus!

Definitions of peace include, “state of quiet or tranquility;” “freedom from disturbance or agitation;” “freedom from fear, terror, anger, anxiety quietness of mind; calmness;” “quiet of conscience;” “heavenly rest;” “the happiness of heaven.”

Romans 5:2 says:
“…through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Peace with God brings us into His Presence! Because of Jesus and the finished work of the cross we can come to God. It is faith that gives you access — or entry – to God – and His promises!

Next up: Working Your Faith, Part Two: Persevering through Your Faith

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