Thursday, October 08, 2009

Joy


"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.


And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perserverence; 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.


For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.


For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation."


Romans 5:1-11


In Chapter 4, Paul speaks of Abraham and how he had faith in God and in God's promise--the unwavering kind of faith that resulted in imputed righteousness, and how that is a picture of how our faith in Christ also results in an imputed righteousness--nothing we have done to deserve it but by faith in what He accomplished on our behalf.


Here in Chapter 5, Paul describes more in depth what real faith brings to the believer's life--peace, joy, hope, perserverance, character, love and reconciliation as well as righteousness--all treasures, all joy that we experience in Christ. The Christian life is meant to be a rich one indeed, in spite of any suffering and deep trials we go through. Life is full of losses here in our earthly life, but in Christ we have a hope that doesn't disappoint. Somehow, all these treasures amount to God's glory. It something He does in us. I'm still thinking about it.




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