Series: The Gospel of God
Title: “The Fruit of Justification” – Part Six
“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, havingbeen reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10
Jesus told a story in Luke’s Gospel about a man who wanted to build a tower. His word of caution was that he must estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete the project. Jesus gave this analogy to illustrate the cost of entering a relationship with Him and becoming a disciple. Author and Bible teacher, Charles Price, explains that once we have been justified by faith and reconciled to God, certain things must follow. Being justified is not the end, but the foundation upon which the construction of the work of Christ is going to be a lifetime occupation. It involves a wilful decision on our part, which requires discipline for Christ to finish His work in our lives.
In Romans 5:2, Paul writes, “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” In verse 3, he says, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,” and in verse 11, “…but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received our reconciliation.” Here, there is an escalating reason to rejoice. Firstly, because we have been justified and reconciled to God and have peace with Him. We also have access to God through grace. The grace of God is His pouring upon us what we do not deserve. The word ‘grace’ has often been used as an acrostic: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Having been justified, we can now enjoy an ongoing relationship with a living God who is personally interested and involved in our lives.
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