Paul has proven that we receive righteousness and salvation, not by our works, but through simple faith in the promises of God.  By believing in God’s promises concerning salvation in Christ, we obtain justification, meaning that we are declared righteous in His sight.  Now, since we have obtained this grace of justification through faith, he draws the very reasonable conclusion that we now enjoy peace with God.  Should not this be the case with a person who possesses the great blessings Paul has been describing?  We have the complete and entire forgiveness of sins, and can now stand before God knowing that He will not impute sin to us.  More than that, we who have believed the promises of God have the very same righteousness that was imputed to Abraham.  Now, the person who has these things cannot but be secure in his salvation.  It was not something he obtained by works, nor is his position one which he maintains by good works.  This is the great fallacy of most branches of professing Christianity.  They may be willing to agree that we come into salvation by grace, but all too often they teach that our justification is maintained by our ability to walk in the Spirit.  This is the sheerest nonsense, for it would utterly explode the very conclusion Paul draws here.  If maintaining our state of justification depended upon our ability to keep ourselves in the faith, then how could we enjoy peace with God?  Should we not rather be in a constant state of trembling and fear, lest we should lose the blessing we currently possess?  What we must understand is that we are secure, not so much because we have help from the Holy Spirit in walking righteously as because Christ, through Whom we have justification, is seated at the right hand of the Father ever making intercession for us, and until He can be removed from His state of security, neither can we.  “Our life is hid with Christ in God,” is how Paul states it in another place; and if that is where it is hidden, neither man nor devil can steal it from us.  The great error too many people make is by placing the emphasis upon our faith, rather than upon the object of our faith.  Paul can very accurately say that we are justified by faith, because it is by faith that we apprehended God’s justifying grace.  But if we would be clear in our understanding, we must recognize that it is not our faith itself which secures us, but the object of our faith, which is Jesus Christ.  Faith, even genuine saving faith, waxes and wanes in its strength.  Nevertheless, it proves itself to be genuine by forever clinging to Christ.  It is Christ Who is the Saviour, and Who secures us, not the power and perpetuity of our faith.

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That is why Paul adds that our peace with God is “through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  God was angry with us because our sins, but Christ came at the Father’s behest and interposed His precious blood, thus removing the ground of enmity.  Now God is reconciled to us, and if we understand the glorious, unshakeable foundation upon which our justification rests, then we are reconciled in our minds and consciences to Him.  The result of this ultimately is peace with God, and even that spirit of adoption which Paul will describe in the 8th chapter.  This peace with God is a tremendous blessing, but it is a benefit that the believer will fail to obtain except he comes to understand Paul’s doctrine of justification through faith alone in Christ alone.

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