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Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Original Intent

1) Why does chapter five start with therefore? What has Paul said in the previous verses or chapter that he is referring to in this chapter?

It is important to remember this was a letter written to a group of people. It did not have chapter breaks and verses in its original form. Paul has given an argument in the previous verses. He stated in the previous chapter that having a steadfast belief in God and all that He did/does, counts us as righteous!

We are no longer under the penalty of sin. Paul is saying because of this truth, because we have been justified by our faith, by our belief, we have peace with God through Jesus.

The Everyday Application

1) Why does chapter five start with therefore? What has Paul said in the previous verses or chapter that he is referring to in this chapter?

Therefore, since we have faith, we have peace. A life apart from God, with little to no belief or faith in anything other than this world, gives no comfort or direction.

The peace found in a rightness with the Lord gives hope and purpose.

We can trust that Jesus’ words are true, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The Original Intent

2) What does it mean to be “justified by faith”?

Justified means that the cost of our sin was death, but when we believe in Jesus, (ie: put our faith in Him), Jesus pays the cost and we are no longer owe a sinner’s debt.

Rather, having a new life, we are free from that penalty. We are no longer separated and apart from God, but rather it is “just as if I” never sinned.

The Everyday Application

2) What does it mean to be “justified by faith”?

The most important decision that anyone will ever make is to follow Christ.

Apart from Christ, we are lost in sin and darkness. Apart from Christ we are on the hook for a debt we cannot afford in our humanity, let alone pay in full.

God pursues us with the ransom paid, but we have to be willing to accept. We must make the choice to put our faith in Him. Justification comes when we realize we need Jesus and we cannot save ourselves.

The Original Intent

3) What does the word peace mean in this verse?

It is simple to use resources like www.studylight.org to find the original translation of a word.

“Peace” in this verse means, “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.”

The Everyday Application

3) What does the word peace mean in this verse?

Peace seems so elusive. It is something that so many long for, yet few find because they are looking in all the wrong places. True peace comes not with the absence of physical war but when we are spiritually right with God and relent to His control of our lives.

There are times when God seems silent and peace seems fleeting, but as believers, we have full assurance that “we are more than conquerors” and “nothing can separate us from the love of God.” (Romans 8:37-39)

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