The Book of Romans is one of the most interesting books in the entire Bible. It is the first of what is known as the Pauline Epistles which were written by the Apostle Paul and I believe that its first because of its importance as it helps prepare the way for the others that follow it. The purpose of the Book of Romans is simply the Gospel of God. While other things are discussed, they all revolve around this basic concept, the Gospel of God. The first three chapters starting in chap 1 and vs 17 deal with the condemnation of God upon the world, both Jew and Gentile alike!
If you really want a picture of just how serious God takes sin, read the first three chapters of the Book of Romans. It’s in these few chapters; you will see that we before salvation were literally guilty as sin! Look at chapter 1 with me.
Here we have the start of God’s case against this sinful old world. And what is interesting about this verse is the final part, “of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness”. In other words, these men know the truth of God in their hearts, they know God, yet they still willingly sin against God and His truth! They suppress God and His truth in their hearts!
God starts off His case against the Gentiles first in the remainder of chapter 1. In vs. 29-32 more specifically, Paul lists two dozen categories of unrighteousness that the Gentiles were guilty of
Fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, with-out natural affection, implacable, and unmerciful.
What strikes me most is verse 32. Not only did the Gentiles know of the judgment of God regarding such things, not only did they still do them despite knowing of the judgment of God, they went even further and were glad for those that did these things! That willingly sinned against God and His truth. They knew that God hated these things, they just didn’t care! Sound familiar folks? That sounds like the day and age that we live in! People know that God hates their sin, they hear of the coming judgment of God, but yet they just don’t care! They willingly sin and suppress God and His truth in their hearts!
The first 16 verses of chapter 2 continue to deal with the guilt of the Gentiles. But then starting in verse 17 and running until chapter 3 and verse 8, God starts with the guilt of the Jew. The Jewish people thought themselves to be alright because they were God’s people. They thought they had an advantage over the Gentile but they were just as guilty!
So we come to chapter 3 and verse 9 and the final verdict. The whole world is guilty before God. Not even the best defense attorney in the world could have gotten this old sinful world a not guilty verdict!
There we have it, literally guilty as sin, guilty as charged. And folks, if God were to just leave it at guilty as charged, we would not be here tonight. We would be lost and without hope. We would be destined to a life in Hell upon death. Separation from God would be our punishment and God would be justified in it because of our guilt before Him! But praise God, He didn’t leave it at guilty as charged! He knew that if we were to ever have hope of Heaven, He would have to do something and praise God, He did!
He sent His only begotton son to suffer, bleed, and die on the cross of Calvary on your behalf and my behalf. And it was because of His death on the cross that we’re here tonight, and have hope of Heaven! Starting in chapter 3 and verse 21, we start to see that turn around and just how we can become justified before a holy God and that justification comes by faith and faith alone in what Christ did on the cross! Because of this, we have hope!
If you would like an outline of the Book of Romans, it could be outlined as follows; the intro in 1:1-17; the indictment against mankind in 1:17-3:20; justification is by faith in 3:21-5:11; dealing with sin after justification in 5:12-8:13; the blessings of being justified in 8:14-39; the status of Israel’s relationship to God in light of the New Testament in 9:1-11:36; the application of righteousness to Christian living in 12:1-15:33; and Paul’s concluding comments in 16:1-27.
This now brings us to our text here tonight in Romans chapter 5 and some of the results of our justification. Justification simply means to be declared righteous by God. And when you and I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we were declared righteous by God!
But not only were we were guaranteed a home in Heaven and declared righteous when we got saved, we also received so much more and what a wonderful thought that is for us as Christians in times of trials and tribulations!
I firmly believe that if we were to grab a hold of these truths found in our text, we’d live the kind of Christian life that God would have us to live. We’d sin less, we’d serve more, we’d love God more, and the trials and tribulations of life would not even bother us because of our standing in Christ! And that’s what I’d like us to look at here tonight, the results of being justified fully!
Vs. 1 – We Have Peace With God
The first result of being justified fully in Christ is that as Christians, we now have peace with God and we have that through our Lord Jesus Christ because of our justification in Him! No longer is there the barrier and alienation of sin. Being justified has removed the offense of sin in God’s eyes and we are now at peace with Him. What a thought that is; to be at peace with God!
When you and I were sinners unsaved, we had the entire wrath of God awaiting us upon our death! And that would be the flames of Hell forever, tormented and separated from God! But God loved us too much and therefore sent His only begotten son to suffer, bleed, and die on the cross of Calvary suffering the wrath of God that was meant for us and because of that, we have hope and when we put our faith in the atoning completed work of Christ on the cross, we were justified fully and therefore we now are at peace and have peace with God!
Vs. 2 – We Have A Priestly Access
The second result of being justified fully in Christ is that as Christians, we now have a priestly access to God. In the Old Testament, the only one allowed to enter the Holy of Holies was the high priest. That was the only way for the sins of the people to be forgiven and that was to have someone go on their behalf.
Hebrews 9:7 – But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
But now that you and I as Christians are saved, are justified though the work of Christ on the cross, we now have the same access to God that the high priest had! We have access to the bank of God’s grace and we now have standing before Him because we have trusted in Christ!
When we mess up, because we have standing before God, because we have access, we can go to Him, confess our sins, and be forgiven! When we have prayer requests, because we have standing before God, because we have access, we can bring those prayer requests to God! When we just need to unburden our hearts, because we have standing before God, because we have access, God is there ready and waiting to hear, listen, and help! What amazing thoughts!
Not only that but because we have access, we can rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! Hope is looking forward to a good thing. Because we have been justified, we someday will have the glory of God upon us because of our standing in Christ. Therefore, Paul declares that we can and ought to rejoice in that hope.
Vs. 3 & 4 – We Have A Patience Of Hope
The third result of being justified fully in Christ is that as Christians, we now have a patience of hope in our trials and tribulations. We saw last month that in this world we will have trials and tribulations in this life! But because we are now at peace with God, have access to His grace, and have standing before Him, we can glory or rejoice in our trials and tribulations! Because of the riches of His grace in saving us, we not only can endure troubles, we can rejoice in them because of our standing in Christ!
Doing this, we see that it worketh patience in our lives. Patience here has the idea of endurance or perseverance. We see further that this patience, or endurance/perseverance develops experience and from that comes the basis for further hope! So in other words, being justified fully in Christ brings with it an endurance or perseverance of hope when we face the trials and tribulations of life!
Vs. 5 – We Have A Precious Comforter
The fourth result of being justified fully in Christ is that as Christians, we now have a precious comforter and that is the Holy Spirit that indwells us upon our salvation. We see here in verse 5 that the hope talked about in verses 3 and 4 helps us to not be ashamed when trouble, opposition, or persecution arises in our lives. The glory of God’s working in our lives outshines whatever shadows or troubles there may be! And that is because of the Holy Spirit comforter that indwells us as Christians!
The thought in this verse is that we need not be ashamed in troubles because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which He has given us! And because the Holy Spirit indwells us as Christians, we can have the peace that passes understanding as talked about in Philippians! We don’t have to worry; we don’t have to fret about the trials and tribulations of this old world because we have a precious comforter in the Holy Spirit that indwells us!
Vs. 6-8 We Have A Powerful Salvation
The fifth result of being justified fully in Christ is that as Christians, we have a powerful salvation! We see here in verse 6, that Christ died for the ungodly, that’s you and me folks before salvation and anyone else before salvation, while we were yet without strength. Before Christ saved us from the miry clay, we were weak. We were without strength, with no ability in ourselves! And because of that, we could not save ourselves! And this is the point that Paul is trying to bring forth, without Christ, we are weak and cannot save ourselves! Salvation is not of ourselves or because of the works that we do! It’s because of Christ and what Christ has done on the cross on our behalf! You notice it says in due time, Christ died for the ungodly. In other words, in the proper time, the right time, or the fullness of time, Christ died for the ungodly.
Galatians 4:4 – But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Ephesians 1:10 – That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Titus 1:3 – But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
At precisely the right time, Jesus Christ died for us, the ungodly, who were feeble in our spiritual weakness. The thought of this word ungodly further illustrates the grace of God. Basically, before our salvation we were without fear or reverence to God, even opposing God. But notwithstanding our sorry state, Christ still died for us! He didn’t have to but praise God, He did!
In verse 7, Paul more fully develops the contrast he is drawing between God’s grace and our ungodliness. He starts with the comparison of a righteous man and a good man. We see that hardly anyone would be willing to die for a righteous man. We than see the thought of a good man; one who is not only righteous but kind, generous, decent, and one who is well liked. In that case, we see that Paul says that perhaps some might consider dying on his behalf.
But now in verse 8 we see the powerful salvation we have because we see that even though we are sinners, God focused His love on us. We are less than righteous and far less than good. We are sinners. Wicked, vile, lost, and apart from Christ worthless! And it is here that the contrast has been drawn. Though hardly anyone would die for a self-righteous person and though some might die for a good person, God’s love for us is so great that “Christ died for us” – the ungodly, those pre-eminently sinful, stained with vices and crimes. Those that are wicked and vile, Christ still died for us despite it all! To God be the glory for such a powerful life changing salvation!
Vs. 9-10 We Have A Proper Reconciliation
The sixth result of being justified fully in Christ comes as a result of our powerful salvation and that is as Christians, we have a proper reconciliation! Because of our justification in Christ, our reconciliation saves us from the wrath of God that is coming to this world, to those that do not trust Christ as their Saviour. In other words, because of the justification stemming from the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we will be saved from the judgment of sin and that is an eternity in hell!
Further we see in vs. 10 that before we were saved, we were enemies with God; our ungodliness, sin, and allegiance to the world, before salvation made us enemies to God. Nevertheless, God has reconciled us to Himself by the death of His Son on the cross. That is the only proper way we could be reconciled to God! We could not and people who are not saved today cannot work their way to reconciliation with God! The only way that we are reconciled with God is by trusting in the atoning work of Christ on the cross! And because of that, we have a proper reconciliation!
Vs. 11 – We Have A Permanent Atonement
The seventh and final result of being justified fully in Christ is that is as Christians, we have a permanent atonement. Once we are saved, we are saved! No chance to lose the salvation that Christ has provided! Yes, we can lose fellowship when we sin and backslide but we’re secure in Christ! No man can pluck us from His hand! And because of that, we have joy in God because of our permanent atonement in the Lord Jesus Christ!
As Christians here tonight, we’re justified fully! And because of that justification, we have peace with God, we have a priestly access to God, we have a patience of hope in our trials and tribulations, we have a precious comforter in the Holy Spirit that indwells us, we have a powerful salvation, we have a proper reconciliation, and we have a permanent atonement!
And because of all that is provided to us because of our justification in Christ, I believe that we can live the kind of Christian life that God would have us to live. We can sin less, we can serve more, we can love God more, and the trials and tribulations of life, when they come, will not even bother us because of our standing in Christ and folks, that standing is justified fully!