Are the mental pressures and stresses from the world wearing you out? Do you put on your shoes and coat in the morning and sigh because you have to go back out in it today?
Boy, do I have some encouragement for you!
I found 4 major strength-giving fruit or results of our salvation in Christ.
[Rom 5:1-21 KJV] 1 “Therefore being justified by faith (our believing), we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Here are the four listed above:
- Peace with God
- Access, which is salvation. This is standing by believing. We are now His child and heir of all He wrought in Christ Jesus.
- Stand; which is our standing — in the standing. This is our walk. This is how we act out on the salvation we received and the access we received.
- Rejoice in the Hope.
How can these give us new strength?
When we received this tremendous gift from God and became His child, we also received major physical deliverance. Why? Before salvation we alone dealt with the world and all its pressure. We were, (as it says in verse 6, below) “without strength“. The world is loaded with stress and tribulation. Tribulation is the Greek word “thlipsis” which literally means “squeeze, constrict, or pressure”. Tribulation is the circumstances from the world that squeezes the life, air and strength out of a person. Stress has major physical effects on us. Before justification we were not born again children, safe and sure-footed, but wandering aimlessly in a dangerous and desolate place without God and without peace. Verse 10 of chapter 5 in Romans says we were enemies of God, but we were reconciled by the death of His son and now receive MUCH MORE.
What didn’t we have? Strength. What do we have now? MUCH MORE strength.
“3 And not only [so], but we glory (rejoice) in tribulations (the squeeze of circumstances from the world) also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 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. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” vs. 3-6
We have Peace with God, we are no longer enemies. Then we received access, which is a standing in Christ by our freewill choice to believe. We stand together with Christ now as Family but distinctly separate because of our freewill. We don’t lose our identity and personality, we are believers and not through Adam and Eve or our works or the law, but by Jesus Christ.
Then we stand or walk, in our standing. The only way we can walk is by rejoicing in the Hope. The word “in” in the Greek is the word “epi” which means “to rest upon”. We rest upon the hope.
“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” Hebrews 6:19
The hope is the anchor of our soul. It is our sure and stedfast mooring on which we rest. When the storms of life try to break us loose, we have a sure footing and a sure anchor of the Hope.
The Test is never to break loose from the Word of God.
What is the Hope?
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:8
Our Hope is that we were saved from the wrath.
NOW we can begin to enjoy Everlasting life for, by and through our
Being justified comes first then we receive peace. Elsewhere it says Jesus gave us the “bond of peace”.
Peace is an inside job.
Here is a wonderful definition of peace in Isaiah.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness (is) quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:17-18
The ultimate “work of righteousness” is our justification through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Peace is like so many things that God works inside us, joy, love, and patience. Is it any wonder that we RE-joice in this triumph? We rejoice in the hope the victory of a hard-won peace with God and access to Him. To repeat anything we have to have it wrought inside us at least once. Peace, hope and joy are produced when you come back home. If you want peace you must accept the Prince of Peace.
Just as you cannot legislate love, you cannot legislate peace. You cannot make someone peaceful or love you. Peace and love come from the inside. There is no better way to handle tribulation than from the grace of Jesus Christ.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” 2 Corinthians 4:17
Most people are overcome by the stumbling blocks and tribulations of the world, but we make them stepping stones. They say you cannot help when someone hits you, but you can determine the direction you take after that. We don’t have to pray about getting tribulation in the world, it is already there. We simply must decide to use the strength we received and chart a new course.
God bless you today!