Grace and Peace.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

(Romans 5:1)

When I became a Christian 15 years ago, being an actor, I memorized huge chunks of Paul’s letters and could recite many chapters by heart. But do you know what? I didn’t have a clue what I was saying!

Take this verse…I didn’t really understand ‘peace with God’ because I didn’t really understand ‘grace.’

It’s only since my revelation of ‘grace’ last year through Joseph Prince’s ministry that I have begun to understand words like ‘grace’ and ‘peace.’

I knew I was saved, and I believed I had peace with God when I wasn’t sinning, but if I ‘fell’ my peace would leave me and I would beg God for forgiveness with tears of guilt and shame.

Does that sound like peace?

Romans 5:1 says we have peace with God because we have been justified by faith.

Our faith gives us peace.

Not our repentance or our confession, but our faith…our belief…our trust in Him. 

As Paul says, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

We have gained access by faith into grace.

Into the grace in which we now stand.

We are ‘standing in grace.’

Joseph Prince describes our faith in Jesus as being like stones in a waterfall, constantly being washed, constantly being purified, forever clean.

Forever forgiven.

Forever in God’s good books.

Isaiah 53 says ‘the punishment that brought our peace was upon Him.’

He was punished for our sins.

It is this knowledge, that we will never be held accountable for our sin ever again, because God poured his anger out at Christ instead of us – that gives us peace.

So, that said…

May the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with every thing good for doing His will.

(Hebrews 13:20)

Now wonder Paul starts and ends his letters with these 2 words:

Grace and Peace.

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