Friday, December 08, 2006

Peace with God

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.

Index of Romans' posts


Anonymous said...

"in spite of our sin" - you're so right and that's what makes salvation such a beautiful thing!

Anonymous said...

I can't see to memorize Scripture WITHOUT music. Another option is the tune of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" to memorize "God made Him who had so sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

Anonymous said...

I always have a nagging feeling that I should be doing more memorizing than I am. I love the idea of memorizing it to music... It seems my memorizing skills have deteriorated since high school, but the music thing just might help!