Ever notice that we often need a contrast to recognize something remarkable? Good things can be taken for granted, or the idea of something potentially better can diminish the value of something good that is already in our possession. How does anyone know what is good unless they know what is bad? One could be told what is good, and then one would need to choose to believe/trust the person communicating. If one does not trust someone, what does this indicate about the one that does not trust; what does mistrust or unbelief say to the person that is not trusted?
The Mindboggling Details in the Plan of the Ages
High-level View of Plan
The entire plan details are contained within Scripture: Genesis 1: 1 – Revelation 22:21.
We learn from Scripture that everything God made within the first 6 days of this world’s creation was very good. We also understand that before the LORD rested from His work, He put Adam (the first man) in the garden of Eden along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with a command to refrain from eating its fruit. This was the only restrictive law for man. After this, the LORD God said it was not good for man to be alone and He created a suitable helper comparable to Adam. It was at this point (at the end of the 6th day after both male and female were created) that the Lord declared everything was very good. Omniscient God can not lie nor change, so we know already that at the appointed time, the “very good” declaration will be restored – in fact, for the believer the process has begun!
- Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. … Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-27, 31 NKJV)
- And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. … Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” … Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:7, 15-18, 22 NKJV)
The entire counsel of Scripture testifies of God’s great love; about His desire to have relationship with the beings that He created to be similar to Himself. Wow – what a thought; beings created in the image (צֶלֶם / tselem) of God and in His likeness (דְּמוּת / dᵉmûwth) (Genesis 1:26). Have you ever considered what that originally meant – and – what that means for a regenerated person? What potential, enablement and authority for those who are cooperating with the Holy Spirit!
Regenerations– Strong’s Number G3824 is the Greek word παλιγγενεσία (palingenesia) which occurs 2 times in Titus 3:4-5 and Matthew 19:28-29 . It means (spiritual) rebirth (the state or the act), i.e. (figuratively) spiritual renovation. – There is a great promise in these two passages of Scripture.
Our LORD has gone to such great extent to provide for the flourishing of this connection. While we can not fully understand the “ways” and “thoughts” of God (Isaiah 55:9-11), what we can understand is outlined in the collective counsel of Scripture and confirmed in us through the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12:7-8, 11; John 16:13; Hebrews 4:12; Romans 12:2). We know that there has never been a greater love than our LORD’s love for us specifically since He laid down His own life for us when we were unwilling to love Him; while we were enemies with Him (1John 4:10, 19).
How would God create beings in His likeness that would be willfully obedient to God’s will in relationship with Him without providing the option to “choose” otherwise? Since God is omniscient, He certainly knew humanity would initially fail to trust His goodness and God planned for mankind’s reconciliation back to Himself before He executed the creation plan (Ephesians 1:4; Matthew 25:34; Acts 15:18; 1 Peter 1:20). God’s desire is for us to be His people (loved, free, obedient, provided for) and for Him to be our God (freely worshiped in communion for who He is) Ecclesiastes 12:13; Jeremiah 24:7; Jeremiah 31:33; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 11:20; Ezekiel 34:30; Ezekiel 37:23, 27; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Hebrews 8:10; Acts 15:8-9, 16-17).
And to think – He has foreseen each of our days and He included these details in His plan which incorporates individual plans for our lives.
Solid Foundational Truths About the Efficacy of One Man
From the beginning the deceiver has been using various tactics that whisper doubt to those who trust in the LORD; his goal is to cause believers to doubt God’s Word and character (John 8:44; Genesis 3:4-5; 1Peter 5:8). God uses the foe’s futile efforts as part of His plan and He has at “the right times” and very strategically shared His plan through prophecy in Scripture with us. This is one of the reasons I have come to love Scripture in Romans. When studied, it explain so much of our current world and our destiny.
Background on Romans
The letter to the Romans contains the gospel truth in such profound ways and contains doctrines that should be deeply settled within a believer’s heart and mind. Paul (formally known as Saul, a Pharisee among Pharisees – Philippians 3:4-6) having experienced such a remarkable revelation of Jesus Christ (Acts 9:4-9), shared the good news of eternal life with anyone who would listen (Acts 9:19-30). His letter to the Romans focuses on the entire plan of salvation and resolves the issues of faith that each believer is challenged with (at one time or another) due to the sin nature that wars against our new nature. Some key concepts are the:
- unrighteousness of humanity and the righteousness of God;
- justification (righteousness) that is credited by grace through faith;
- sanctification (righteousness) that is imparted or transferred by the Holy Spirit;
- sovereignty of God and the duty of man to live as servants to the LORD (living sacrifices).
Romans 5 Review: Read Verses 1-8
In Romans 5:1-8, the summary of the plan is laid out. At a precise appointed time, the Son of God was born, delivered over to death to pay the redemption price (Romans 6:23) for our unbelief (and everything that stems from it) – and – was raised to life by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:23-24, 32; Romans 8:11) so that by believing in His death and resurrection, God is righteous in declaring us righteous. This act of redemption is His demonstration of His marvelous graciousness and exceedingly great love for us. In fact, because God foresaw humanity’s fall, when He declared in the beginning, “very good”, He was addressing the perfect state of His creation prior to mankind’s disobedience and declaring the eternal state the regenerated earth and regenerated man which all occurs at His appointed times. Therefore, His declaration is of a righteousness that is imputed/credited to us because of belief (Romans 3:10-12, 16-18, 21-26). Belief comes from the grace of God; His unmerited favour and divine influence on our hearts that causes us to believe. Have you considered that God drew you to a specific time, place and circumstance whereby you could receive Him? Or, perhaps He is drawing you now.
- For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV)
- But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6 NKJV)
- and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15 NKJV)
- And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. (Acts 1:7 NKJV)
- that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him. (Ephesians 1:10 NKJV)
- “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. … “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. … And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” (John 6:37, 44, 65 NKJV)
- Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. … And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” … But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. … But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21:1, 3-4, 22-23, 27 NKJV)
The disbelief that causes us to disobey God makes us enemies with Him. God’s plan of salvation/reconciliation to Him permitted the original test and also provided the way to have peace with God. Some might argue why did God give us a choice. Without the option to disobey it would be automata; which is to force mankind to be 100% compliant devoid of a will (much like a computer program) and to do so would be the opposite of His intention of a love relationship with beings in His image and after His likeness. Instead, our brilliant God foresaw the need for reconciliation and made the way back to Himself, paying the penalty Himself.
- Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2 NKJV)
- Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:28 NKJV)
The day a person accepts the free gift of God’s grace is the moment the believer has peace with God! While we still error, God sees that we believe Him. We trust Him, His Character, His Word. Peace with God, gives us access to Him which is provision for anything we could possibly need.
The following Scriptures that are associated with this peace (refer to definitions for Strong’s G1515) demonstrate that: (1) the peace originates with God; (2) defeats the enemy and the world; and, (3) implies that we cooperate in keeping this peace:
- For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 NKJV)
- Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NKJV)
- “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV)
- “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)
- And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 NKJV)
- and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NKJV)
- Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NKJV)
- And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (Romans 16:20 NKJV)
- … Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV)
- The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9 NKJV)
Χάρις/cháris in Strong’s Definitions G5485 includes the following description: the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life including gratitude, favour, gift, joy.
δικαιοσύνη/dikaiosynē in Strong’s Number G1343 includes the following description: equity (of character or act); specially (Christian) justification: —righteousness. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon – in the broad sense, the condition acceptable to God; integrity, virtue, purity of life, uprightness, correctness in thinking, feeling, and acting; universally, the way in which man may attain to a state approved of God.
λογίζομαι/logízomai in Strong’s Number G3049 includes the following description: to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively): —conclude, account of, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).
ἐλλογέω/ellogéō; in Strong’s Number G1677 from G1722 and G3056 includes the following description: (in the sense of account); to reckon in, i.e. attribute:—impute, put on account.
πιστεύω /pisteúō; in Strong’s Number G4100 from G4102 includes the following description: to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ):—believe(-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.
προσαγωγή/prosagōgḗ in Strong’s Number G4318 matches the Greek from G4317 (compare G72); admission: —access. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines as the act of bringing to, that friendly relation with God whereby we are acceptable to him and have assurance that he is favorably disposed toward us: Ephesians 2:18; 3:12
εἰρήνη/eirēnē in Strong’s Number G1515 includes the following description: probably from a primary verb εἴρω eírō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity: —one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.
Thayers Greek Lexicon defines εἰρήνη (peace) as the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ. Consider the peace we have with God. This peace means we fear nothing from God, no judgement, no reprimand, nothing. This peace means we can be content with our earthly lot no matter what it is because we through the power of the Holy Spirit have gained a belief in the character of our Great God!
Faith in Christ Grants Justification, Peace, Access to God
In the same way that ‘God’s grace’ brought us to our ‘faith/belief in Jesus Christ’ which justified us, faith in/reliance on Jesus Christ grants us access to God.
Reliance on the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s atonement for our sins ‘credits us with Christ’s righteousness’ which gives us freedom and confidence in approaching Holy God in our daily conversations/prayers and in our future eternity. Our confidence is based on the fact that while we were unable to be righteous in our own strength, Jesus Christ died for us to make reconciliation (Romans 5:6-8). Scripture states the Godhead had established this redemption plan before time began (Ephesians 1:4; Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:19-20).
- But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, (Galatians 4:4 NKJV)
- “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13 NKJV)
- For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, (1 Peter 3:18 NKJV)
- For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)
Romans 5 Review: Read Verses 9-10
Since grace is unmerited favour and the grace of God is His divine influence on our hearts that causes us to believe, we should consider that grace is receiving something we don’t deserve. This is different than mercy. Mercy is withholding something you do deserve. In Romans 5:9-10, Scripture informs us that our justification was through the shedding of Christ’s blood to appease the wrath, to pay the penalty because sin made us enemies with God. It was God’s grace that brought us to understand we needed the Saviour and it was His mercy that saved us from experiencing His wrath.
- whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, (Romans 3:25 NKJV)
- For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Romans 1:18 NKJV)
- And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled (Colossians 1:21 NKJV)
- and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. … in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— (Colossians 1:20, 22 NKJV)
Paul (through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) states in Romans 8:33-35 that no-one can lay a charge against those who are in Christ Jesus because the Godhead originated the plan of salvation and They are the righteous Judge. In fact, with the peace of God, we are able to persevere through tribulation, famine, war, perils, etc. Praise God for our LORD, our Justifier and Sanctifier; our Saviour and Purifier; our kinsman Redeemer and our Reconciler.
Romans 5 Review: Read Verses 11-19
Romans 5:11-19 introduces the concept that Adam represented a type of Christ. These verses outline how Adam was the root of sin and death to all from birth; and, CHRIST is the root of holiness and life to all who truly believe from the point of rebirth (regeneration). Verse 14 makes it clear that everyone (even an infant) has sinned even if they have not broken a commandment and the evidence is that death came to all human beings even before the law was given by Moses (1Corinthians 15:21-22; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:19).
- Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. (Romans 5:14 NKJV)
- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NKJV)
- And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:45 NKJV)
- And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8 NKJV)
God’s gracious gift leads to the believer being made right with God despite being guilty of many sins. When God’s Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, He conquered the rulership of death of those who rely fully on justification by faith in Jesus Christ.
- But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. … For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (Romans 8:11, 14-16 NKJV)
- Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. … knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. (Romans 6:4, 9 NKJV)
- Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Romans 7:4 NKJV)
Romans 5 Review: Read Verses 20-21
The chapter closes with Romans 5:20-21 explaining the purpose of the law. God’s law was given to show people the ways they sin/transgress against God and the righteous ruling for sin is death. God who is so rich in love, grace and mercy made provision through the God-Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ so that grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus.
- “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you–Moses, in whom you trust. “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47 NKJV)
- Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:16, 19, 22-24 NKJV)
- For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. – John 1:17-18 NKJV
The perfect and holy law (Psalms 19:7; Romans 15:4; James 1:17; John 5:39) given by God contained 10 original commandments which the Jewish tradition understands to be 613 commandments. These 613 commandments were further delineated into 2713 commandments, judgements, and ordnances in Moses’ application of the law for practical holy living governmentally/civilly, socially, and in the priesthood. The administration of these laws was to bring justice by condemning many types of offences and provide a detailed education of what sin was so that mankind could try to avoid sin and make sacrifice for forgiveness when the law was broken. It was added “till the Seed should come” at the appointed time. Those who accept Christ receive free pardon of all offenses; grace abounds and reigns in life (Romans 5:20-21; John 1: 9; Revelation 1:5). It is unbelief (such as committed by Eve) and willful sin (such as committed by Adam) that separates human beings from God. The willful sin nature that came from Adam reigned until Jesus (the second Adam, the Seed, the kinsman Redeemer) brought willful obedience (Philippians 2:8) and by His death appeased the wrath of God and pardoning us to stand firm in grace. Without the Holy Spirit’s regeneration and sanctification of our hearts, we could not desire full surrender/obedience to God; our desires would tend take hire priority.
Since God’s grace reigns over the life of a person who relies fully on the sufficiency of Jesus Christ, then grace is more powerful and rules over every sin a believer could commit. This is not a licence to sin because God does not change! It is access to God based on His finished work! It is peace with God that grants us access to His divine nature imparted to us through the Holy Spirit who will influence us to live righteously, choose goodness, and do good works that He purposes for us for the glory of God.
Romans 6 outlines the transition between major concepts as it starts with knowing the truth and moves through the steps to willingly be led by the Spirit which is a study for another time although you are free to read it for yourself now.
From reading Romans 5 along with its cross references, we see how God had planned redemption before placing Adam in the garden and planned for reconciliation. Before the appointed time of redemption, the LORD established temporary systems to permit access to gain temporary forgiveness (such as the tabernacle/temple with its sacrificial system). Hebrews speaks of the annual atonement (Hebrews 9:6-10, 15) within the Jewish sacrificial system which was available to anyone. Even prior to Moses, we see that God counted belief/faith in the LORD as righteousness (such as Abraham – Genesis 15:6; Noah, Daniel, and Job – Ezekiel 14:14; and, Abel who the LORD respected – Genesis 4:4). In these temporary methods, it was necessary to believe God which resulted in righteous actions.
God not only justifies by grace through faith unto salvation; He also grants believers with His righteousness through the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work in us using Scripture we have read, our circumstances, and our works. This is how He trains and rewards/blesses us. He watches over His word to ensure His Word is fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:12).
- And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8 NKJV)
- Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. (James 2:17-23 NKJV)
Conclusion: The Appointed Glorious Day when Hope and Grace Reigned
The LORD foresaw the deception of Eve and the decision of Adam to die to remain with his bride; in essence Adam laid down his life for his bride. This is very profound and is another good example of how the Holy Spirit designed Scripture using types and shadows along with prophecy to point to Jesus Christ who is the fulfillment of prophecy, the Messiah (John 1:17; Hebrews 8:5; Hebrews 9:9; Hebrews 10:1). You see, the thousands of years of prophecies about Christ is evidence that God is eternal, has foreknowledge, and has control over the affairs of man. God had used the enemy (1) in the garden to test mankind’s belief in God’s character; (2) to bring Joseph and his family to Egypt which caused the preservation of Abraham’s line; (3) to give Moses an education; (4) to cause Pharaoh chase after the children of Israel which only demonstrated to the world God’s mighty power; (4) to crucify the LORD which brought atonement; and many other examples.
This salvation plan demonstrates that following the LORD’s will and disregarding any temptation to elevate one’s own desires above God’s will is ultimately good. The sanctification process trains us to choose to obey Him and thereby having a proven relationship founded on love, grace and one that appreciates God for who He is.
His ways are perfect and His Word is true. Just as the LORD had an appointed time for Christ to be born, die and be resurrected, our LORD has divine appointments with each person He calls to be His child. That day when we realized that we were in need of the Saviour and accepted the free gift of grace, our faith was birthed. It was a glorious day! Romans 5 shows us that sin is linked to the law and that newness of life is in Jesus Christ. While for the believer those sins are covered under the blood of Jesus (the lamb of God), we still wrestle with the sin nature that we were born with. This sin nature must be put to death /crucified daily because it will not be totally done away with until glorification (either death of this body or translation via rapture). While we are being sanctified by cooperating with the Holy Spirit in slaying the sin nature, we are developing the character that hopes.
- And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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. (Romans 5:3-5 NKJV)
Hope gives us the power to wait until the appointed time of glorification (as the prophets Joel and David did Acts 2:16-33, 39). Hope grows through the working of the Holy Spirit with Scripture in us because these historical accounts are evidence of God’s character that gives us comfort. We can trust God; He loved us enough to pay the price for us. (Romans 4:18; Romans 8:20–25; Romans 15:4, 13; 2 Corinthians 3:12; Galatians 5:5; Ephesians 1:18). Consider this: while we were rebellious, defiant, disobedient, obstinate and insulting toward God, He gave His love. He staged His love, His sacrifice, from the beginning by taking our place. Why did He do it? To demonstrate His infinite love that on-one else could achieve. Even the Angels long to understand it.
- that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, (Hebrews 6:18-19 NKJV)
- Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)
- Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. (1 Peter 1:10-12 NIV)
Scripture assures us that even when we fall short and our feelings or even the enemy tries to tempt us to despair, we can confidently approach God because we are at peace with God; because we are at peace with God, we have access to find mercy in the time of need. Jesus’ appeasement of wrath was fully sufficient… nothing can separate us from His love. We need to know – not just with a head knowledge but – with a heart/spiritual knowing – so when the sin nature causes us to doubt our salvation, we can rely on the Word of God that assures us that we are at peace with Him. We can relay on His grace, His character and not on our works or lack thereof.
When we continue to read God’s word, our faith increases and we will not be tossed about with false teachings, doubt, or self condemnation. The truth is all Scripture is a blessed assurance for the believer as it is God’s message of truth to man-kind concerning His eternal love and plan of redemption. Thank God our salvation is not dependant on our works, our emotions, moods, and behaviour. He has already foreseen all sin before He chose us and He has made peace for us. Because He conquered death and death could not hold him; because He ascended and ever lives to make intercession for us; because one day the trumpet will sound at His coming; because one day we will be glorified as He has been glorified again… because one day He saved us – what a glorious day!
Friend, this blog was in response to reading Romans 5 which is Holy Scripture/the Word of God. I have used the terms: us, we, ours. If you want to know the hope that “we” know and develop your own relationship with God, you will need to recognize that you need the Saviour, Jesus Christ and ask the LORD to take residence in your life/heart. If you would like to know more about this, please visit https://desiringfruitfulness.ca and scroll down to the section that explains THE WAY to Reconciliation with God.
Tomorrow is not Guaranteed!
Is this your appointed time to KNOW God?
Is this your appointed time to to get serious about ETERNITY?