Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
Do you like to memorize scripture? Or maybe think that you should memorize scripture, but you don't? Here's a little secret for you. Many verses can be put to a familiar tune, such as Happy Birthday to You. The above verse is one of them.
I thought that this might be a good time to clearly define some of these terms (again):
justified through faith--the act of receiving Christ's righteousness (perfect, holy standing before God)
peace with God--being free of fear of his wrath
through our Lord Jesus Christ--all of this can only happen by personally acknowledging Jesus Christ as your Lord and His sacrifice on your behalf
Also, through this study it was pointed out to me that justified does not mean "just as if I never sinned." That's a way that people have used to remember it, and in fact, it does help to remember that the act of justification is what removes our sin from God's sight, but we in fact have sinned. That's what makes it so necessary and wonderful. In spite of our sin, God sees us as right before Him. In spite of our sin, not because we never did sin. That's what makes it grace--God's undeserved favor.
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