How Does Justification Impact My Daily Life?
During our time together today, I would like to look at the doctrine of Justification from a slightly different way. I want you to understand that though many may look at doctrinal teaching as dull and dry, it should not be so. Doctrine affects us practically. It is to impact our daily lives. How we feel; how we think; how we live our lives.
In these five wonderful verses of Scripture, I would like for us to consider three definite ways that our daily lives are affected by this great and glorious doctrine.
Let us turn our thoughts to Romans 5:1-5. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand , and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed ; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Our Relationship with God has Been Dramatically Affected because of Justification
We will quickly notice how our relationship with God has been impacted. We must remember this about our prior relationship to God before we placed our faith in Him.
- “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away “ (Isaiah 64:6).
- Romans 5:6 says that we were “ungodly.”
- Romans 5:8 describes us all as “sinners.”
- Romans 3:10 says that “there is none righteous, no not one.”
- Romans 3:23 says that “we have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”
- “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked : who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
It paints a horrific portrait of us, doesn’t it? In spite of this appalling description of our sinfulness, God by His Grace (Romans 3:24), and through His shed blood (Romans 5:9), and by our faith in that which Jesus Christ has done for us (Romans 4:4-5). And the moment that we placed our faith in Jesus Christ, He declared (not made) us righteous.
Justification Provides the Believer with Peace with God
Romans 5:1 says, ““Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Remember, before we were saved, we were described as the enemy of God. We were at war with God. With our sin nature were raging in battle against the holy, righteous and pure God that created us. In fact, Paul said in Romans 8:7: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Enmity carries the idea of a complete hostility towards another.
What does this Enmity with God Look Like?
Our Enmity towards God affected Heaven
It led God to send His only son to pay our sin debt (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). For we could not have peace with God until we first received the righteousness of God. Psalm 85:10 teaches us: “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” As sinners we had no righteousness of our own (Isaiah 64:6). Yet Isaiah also taught this great truth: “And the work of righteousness shall be peace…” (Isaiah 32:17).
What does this all mean in our Everyday lives?
Justification means that the Believer is no longer at war with God. It means that we are at peace with our Creator. Therefore, we do not have to live in worry and terror. We need not fear or run from God. In fact, justification leads us to run TO God rather than FROM Him! Hebrews 4:16: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Justification Leads the Christian to Run TO God Rather than FROM God!