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March 26, 2022 7:00 am
Now three weeks ago. You know, we began a four-part miniseries within our study the book of Genesis entitled our salvation in Jesus Christ and in part one, we talked about how our salvation works and we learned that the answer to that question is imputed righteousness, which means that when we believe in Jesus Christ, we don't really become righteous were still sinners through and through, but rather God credits our account God imputes to us righteousness, not a righteousness that we earn with our own human effort, but the righteousness that Jesus purchased on the cross for us and that God credits to our account as a gift and then impart to. We learned that when we trust Christ our imputed righteousness are placed in heaven our eternal life is eternally secure, regardless of what we do or we don't do.
From that point on and then impart three last week we talked about some practical questions that flow out of the doctrine of eternal security. Now we want you to catch up if you missed any of that either. Go get a CD in the lobby before you leave or go on our website and downloading podcasts. Those messages and catch up with us today impart for. We want to talk about two great results that are salvation gives us so are you ready ready yes okay here we go.
Then result number one enter a lot more than two anomaly conflict today result number one is we get these with God. Romans chapter 5 verse one says therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and you know a good rule of Bible study is when you see is therefore find out what is therefore and the reason this therefore is here at the beginning of the verse.
What is really saying is sin. God has offered Romans 423 credit hour account with righteousness if we believe in Jesus and his we have taken God on his offer. Therefore, we have been justified by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ, the user will launch justify what is that thou tell you the moment but first please notice whatever it means that it's available to us only through our Lord Jesus Christ is not available to Buddha or Confucius or Mohammed or Joseph if or L Ron Hubbard or Rabbi anybody only through the Lord Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross. This is so important that we all see this yes we do okay so what exactly does it mean to be justify.
Well, this is a legal word of the court room word and what it literally means this to be a quick said of all charges that in the legal imagery that this word create let them figure out who's who God is the judge the prosecuting attorney is Satan. Remember Revelation 1210 calls in the accuser of the brethren.
Our defense attorney is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible calls them first onto one our advocate before the father. And our defense that the Lord Jesus presents for us as sinners is his own blood shed on the cross to pay for our sin and cover our sin in the sight of God and friends.
In this scenario, the verdict is always the same and that is the quick soul justification penalty pay right with God and why is this will is because Hebrews 1017 says that when our sins are covered by the blood of Christ, God will remember them no more. This is justification. It is a once and for all verdict. There is no double jeopardy in the court room of heaven. Now that were justified now that were right with God man a whole host of new spiritual privileges and benefits, hours, and the first one we said was peace with God. Romans 51.
Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God, and please notice what the verse says it says we have this were not looking for were not hoping for it were not wishing for it were not praying for it. We have it. What exactly do we have well peace with God and we need to stop for a moment now and distinguish the peace of God from peace with God. I stick with me. Philippians chapter 4 verse six says be anxious for nothing, but in everything, let your requests be made known to God and the one say the next three words the why these of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, my Prince of peace of God is that inner calm is that sweet tranquility of.
That God gives us in the storms of life. When we lay our burdens completely at his feet and when we surrender our will to his will, but peace with God is a completely different thing than this. It is a tease 3D with God. Let me explain.
The Bible tells us that on pardon sinners have a certain relationship with God. The Bible says, Romans 118 that God's wrath is against them. John 336 that God's wrath buys or sits on them. Ephesians 418 that they are alienated from God.
Romans five verse 10 that they are enemies of God.
The fact is that God and on and human beings are not at peace to the contrary, the Bible says a state of war exists between God and every on pardon center alive, praise God I got some great news for you. Colossians 1 verse 20 says that Jesus made what peace Jesus may peace between us as sinners and God and how did he make this please watch through the blood of his cross. In other words, when we trust Jesus Christ as our personal savior, God declares a peace treaty with us and focus is not a cease-fire. Mind you know, no, this is a full-fledged absolute, unconditional, each kernel peace treaty God smokes the peace pipe with us. God buried the hatchet with us. No longer are we, enemies of God. No longer are we alienated from God. No longer are we under the wrath of God or between God's holiness and our sin is over for ever and for good. Praise God for that. Now therefore, the bottom line is that the peace of God is something that waxes and wanes that goes up and down based on how fully were surrendered to God at any moment of any day, but peace with God is a formal treaty made in heaven between God and justify sinners.
It never changes. It never diminishes. It never fluctuates regardless how our everyday life goes and just think what this means we take a moment and let's can we grasp awesomeness of peace with God. What this means is, no matter what you and I've done no matter how bad you and I have been, no matter how much ungodliness or hatred towards deed or impurity or violence or crime or profane living we've ever been involved in, no matter how big an enemy of God. We once were.
We give our lives to Christ. God justifies the God declares us not guilty and God dismisses all charges for ever against us.
Praise God for that, this is peace with God a draft for that and you know we get to heaven was going to happen and angels go to meet us apparatus right down Main Street and walking in front of us pointing to the right into the left to every body in heaven. You know what this angel is going to be saying loud enough for everyone in heaven herein. Therefore, having been justified by faith through Jesus Christ.
This man, this woman has tease with God and not one person in heaven will be able to raise a voice of protest because Romans 833 says it is God who justifies soul who is there that can condemn the answer is no one, no one, not the Devil of Hell. Him down can condemn when God justifies we have peace with God a man a man while that's great news, I'll tell you that if that's all God, it would be worth it, but there's more. There's more benefit number one is peace with God. But the verse in Romans five goes on to say that we also have access to God wants. Romans five verse two says to him, that is the Lord Jesus Christ noticed whatever it is that access to God means again you don't get up to go to Confucius or anybody else. Only Christ to him. We have also gained access into this gracious position in which we now stand. And what is talking about will gracious position is the Bible talking about is the gracious position that we have been granted is a position of being God adopted children in Christ we have joined the family of God in our members. All and exactly how does a person join the family of God, where they do it by exhibiting saving faith and I have someone walk up to me in the lobby a couple weeks ago and said you know you keep talking about saving faith. In this series maybe would be a good idea if you define what saving faith is the were all talking about the same thing.
Let's do it. What is saving faith. Here we go. Saving faith means relying on the blood of Jesus as our call and order payment or soon so much so that we reject every other remedy for sin we've ever trusted our good works, trying to keep the 10 Commandments.
All our religious activity and we rest our entire eternal destiny on what Jesus did for us on the cross on the finished work of Christ on the cross.
Don't miss this. Plus nothing, not plus sacraments, not plus rosary, not plus being bar mitzvahed, not plus try to keep the 10 Commandments and not plus recycling nothing nothing nothing. We go into eternity holding onto one thing and one thing only the work of Jesus on the cross for you and me. That's it. This is saving faith." In response to saving a Romans five verse two says were immediately granted a new gracious position with God and what is that John chapter 1 verse 12 says to every person who believes in Christ to them. God gives the right to become children of God.
When we come to Christ we are made members of the family of God. That is our new gracious position. We are members in fall of the family of God. God's adopted children in Christ with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereon to love that my college degree.
I love that your average college degrees on yours to love that I never get to say that with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereon to okay is a long-awaited quick weight.
I thought we were where we are all God's children right now friends is not what the Bible says. Matter of fact the Bible says the exact opposite. The Bible says were all God's creatures, but no were not all God's children. How can people outside of Christ be God's children remember what we saw about them there enemies of God there alienated from God there sitting under the wrath of God. How can these be members of God's family. They can focus being God's child, and a member of his family is a privilege reserved simply for justified sinners who have peace with God.
Remember what we read John 112 to every person who believes in Christ to them and them alone. God gives the right to become children of God.
Galatians 326 for you are all children of God, you say see there the Bible recently finished the verse for you are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, not to be born in the hospital but through faith in Jesus Christ, so this gracious position in which we now stand the Romans 52 was talking about me being God's adopted children in Christ means being full members of the family of God and with this new position, benefit, number two, access to God.
In 1988. My family and I went on vacation out to Hume Lake Christian camps in California and my oldest son Jamie was 11 years old, so he went to wagon train for 8 to 11-year-old and they sleep in these covered wagons all week long. Eight and campers along with one counselor about God bless the person and and so there was a young man in the in my son's camper whose name was Cameron, not a particularly unusual name, but you might recognize his last name. His last name was Reagan. He was Cameron. Reagan, the grandson on of then Pres. Ronald Reagan.
So there were also a few interesting looking adults hanging around outside of this wagon train and so my son asked him one day sitting, Cameron spent the night in the White House and Cameron said sure I have spent lots of my in the White House.
This upset because I always want to spend the night. The wife and I been in Washington 40 years and nobody is everything. I didn't cancel how come he gets to stay in the White House that I don't get to stay in the White House. You know the answer, don't show it simple. He is ballet and his family. He gets access but I don't get yeah yeah well let me tell you some friends.
You may live in Washington all your life and never have unlimited access to the White House.
But I want to tell you you got something better. If you're a follower of Jesus Christ. You have unlimited access to the throne of the living almighty God, you go there, whatever you want to go there you go there and all that throne is Almighty God of the universe. Anxious to hear from you and help you all pray the White House for that. This is what Ephesians 218 says, for through him cry.
We have access by one Spirit to the father. So let's summarize, there are two there are many more but there are two great benefits that we get when we become justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. One of them is we get peace with God. The other one is we get access to God. And the reason we get those is because we become children of God. God is God now and our passage now, but we have one more question asked before dawn and you know, our question is are you ready sorry read, okay, what I do. Let me know.
Here we go lawn so you I pay pay whatever I say it with your unbelievable. I love you. I so want alright so what is a look I got peace with God. That's great. Got access to God that's great I'll see anything here that's transformational for my everyday life, who I'm helping Ryan. You know what.
Not only does the Bible tell us we have access.that's great enough, but the Bible goes on to tell us how God wants us to use that access.
Listen Ephesians chapter 3 verse 12 says in Christ Jesus our Lord. We have boldness and confident access to God. Hebrews 10 verse 19 says, since we have confidence to enter God's holy place by the blood of Jesus left us drawing near him all assurance and I love Hebrews 416 that says lead us, what's the next word boldly before the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help us in the time of need friends. God wants this gracious position of access that he's granted us in Christ to translate into a holy boldness in our approach to prayer with God. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying we should be flippant and I'm not saying we should be disrespectful and certainly that we should not be irreverent in our approach to God. We are still dealing with the holy being of the universe that this