“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (5:1)
This week, Todd Agnew shared insight on Romans 5:1,
“…At war… with God. That’s not a very comforting thought. And most of us don’t feel that way. Well, yes, we know that Jesus died for our sins, but we weren’t at war with God. We love God. We have tried our best, and just fallen a little short. But I don’t think that’s an accurate picture of our situation.
Let’s say you are a wife. I know that may not be true for you. You may be single. You may be a man. But for the ease of the illustration, let’s say you are a wife.
If you are a wife, how many affairs is it okay for your husband to have? 10? 5? 1? I believe the answer we are looking for is NONE.
If your husband chooses to give his love and affection to another even just one time, are you at peace or at war?
You are at war. And Jesus is much more deserving of our loyalty and love than any wife could ever be. Every time we choose something else over God is an act of war. Every sin, every failure, an act of war.
So our justification by faith is a huge deal. It is not just accomplishing peace of mind; it is putting us on the same team as the almighty God of the universe.”
It is sometimes hard to believe we were ever at war with God, but Todd really helps to put that concept into perspective!