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Monday, March 23 2009
The 5th chapter of Romans is full of "nuggets" of knowledge, but today I want to focus on the very first scripture.  Romans 5:1 states...

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

I have heard the word "justified" used many times and I want to ensure that it is used properly.  What does it mean to be justified?  Strong's Concordance defines justified from the original language as...

To render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent: - free, justify (-ier), be righteous.

The Amplified Version translates Romans 5:1 as....

THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Paul is writing a fact concerning faith.  He writes that through our faith we will be acquitted or set free.  What a promise!  Although, we are set free through our faith this does not state that we "just have to believe" in Jesus to be saved.  This is not a plan of salvation because Jesus stated in Mark 16...

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

We are set free through our faith in Jesus Christ.  The chains of sin cannot take hold of those that love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 08:40 am   |  Permalink   |  Email