Justification by faith is one of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.  It means to declare and to treat righteous.  It teaches that man can do nothing to earn his salvation and that it is God alone who saves.  In Romans 5, Paul continues to unfold this great doctrine.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while 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. 11 And not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

As Alva McClain points out in his commentary on Romans, “A good many people think of justification as the first or initial blessing of the Christian life, its value ending at that point.  But while justification is the initial blessing, it is more than that in the Christian life.  Justification is not only the first or initial blessing, but it carries with it every other blessing of the Christian life, and when a man is justified, he has everything that God has to give.”

In Romans 5:1-11, Paul uses two key phrases which occur twice. One is the short phrase, “we have”.  It indicates there is possessions that come with justification.  The second phrase is, “we shall be.”  It indicates there is something to come.  One is present, the other is future.

It is also important to point out that the phrase, “having been justified” points to an accomplished fact.  It happens instantaneously.  One does not grow in justification.  Paul is pointing to a time in the believers past, the time they first believed. It was at that point they received justification. Now, he says there are some benefits that come with it!

In these verses Paul gives at least 12 blessings that come with justification:

  1. Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God (v.1).
  2. Having been justified by faith, we have access into His grace (v.2).
  3. Having been justified by faith, we have a standing in grace (v.2).
  4. Having been justified by faith, we rejoice in hope of God’s glory (v.2).
  5. Having been justified by faith, we glory in tribulations (v.3).
  6. Having been justified by faith, we have a hope that does not disappoint (v.5).
  7. Having been justified by faith, we have the love of God (v.5).
  8. Having been justified by faith, we have the Holy Spirit (v.5).
  9. Having been justified by faith, we have the proof of God’s love (v.8).
  10. Having been justified by faith, we shall be saved from wrath (v.9).
  11. Having been justified by faith, we will be saved by Christ’s life (v.10).
  12. Having been justified by faith, we rejoice in God (v.11).

 

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