Do You Have Peace With God?     Rom. 5:1-11     Oct. 09, 2005
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Almost everyone wants peace. Many look for it in all the wrong places. It comes from
the Spirit of God, and even when turmoil happens all around you can be at peace. It comes from God in a relationship with Jesus Christ, and lasts for eternity. So an all-important question comes forth; Do You Have Peace With God?

1. The . . Compensation of this Peace. 5:1

    A.    The Compensation . . Declared. 5:1 a
            "Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, . . . "

    B.    The Compensation . . Delivered. 5:1 b
            " . . . we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. "

        God gives the declaration and delivery of this peace. God through His Word declares the
possibility of righteousness. How is this righteousness delivered to us? Through the Lord Jesus
Christ, and our relationship with Him! All who seek peace through other avenues never find
this kind of eternal peace. Paul said about these kinds of people, they were; "Ever earning, and
never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (2 Tim 3:7 KJV).

2.    The . . Confirmations from this Peace. 5:2-5

    A.    The Confirmation of . . Access. 5:2
            2 Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
            and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

    B.    The Confirmation of . . Afflictions. 5:3-5
            3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction
            produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces
            hope. 5 This hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured out in our hearts
            through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

        What conclusions can we make from this relationship of peace through Jesus? We may conclude that we enjoy access to God. Many people in this world think it is very presumptuous for Christians to believe their prayers obtain an audience with God. They do not understand the blessing of our stand in Christ. God's Word makes it clear that because of our standing in grace we have access to the Father.
We also rejoice in times of afflictions. Is that a blessing? In your mind go to a place where one person complains non-stop about afflictions, and then talk to a person who even in afflictions praises the Lord and rejoices in His care. This verse speaks to the maturing of a Christian. Our text gives a stairstep toward Christian maturity as affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope does not disappoint. All of these qualities are produced in us as we mature in following the Holy Spirit.

3.    The . . Conclusions Of This Peace. 5:6-9

    A.    The Conclusion of Peace through A . . Personal Plan. 5:6-7
            6 For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For
            rarely will someone die for a just person-though for a good person perhaps someone might even
            dare to die.

    B.    The Conclusion of Peace through A . . Proven Plan. 5:6-7
            8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us! 9
            Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved
            through Him from wrath.

        The confirmation of this peace obviously comes through our relationship with the Person,
Jesus Christ. Christ has proven His love for us as He died on a cross for our sin. God's personal plan of Salvation centers in His sinless Son. The salvation of God is also confirmed in this proven plan. No other way exists to obtain this peace. So why do people try to gain it through their works, religious exercises, or church affiliations? The only explanation, the work of Satan!

4.    The . . Contentment Of This Peace. 5:10-11

    A.    The Contentment through . . Reconciliation. 5:10
            10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son,
            then  how] much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!

    B.    The Contentment through . . Rejoicing. 5:11
            11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom
            we have now received reconciliation.

        The peace we have brings contentment now and as we look to the future. The death of Christ provides the possibility of salvation, and we may also saved by His life. Have you noticed the "much more" statements in our text? Our reconciliation is so abundant it is much more than we could have even imagined. This causes us to rejoice in all that God gives us in this reconciliation. We must share with all and seek to ask everyone this question: Do You Have Peace With God? Amen? Amen!