1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Rom 5:1, NASB77)
We worked on “justified” and “faith.” Now we’ll do “peace with God” and “through our Lord Jesus.”
“Peace with God” means that my heavenly Father is not ashamed of me, nor embarrassed over me, nor angry with me. Now that’s a stretch for me to believe, but I do believe it, I must. Otherwise I lose the freedom of it. I lose the “juice” of it. God’s word says (Rom.5:10) that I am reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Not God is reconciled to me, but me to God. God did not leave Adam. Adam left God. Its like Adam’s inner compass went “tilt.” It couldn’t point toward north anymore. So Adam lost his ability to touch God, to balance his senses to God’s magnetic impulses. Adam became dull of hearing, or maybe just plain, all-around dull. It was bad! So God gave Adam a way to tune-in to God, through blood sacrifice, and that really means “life” sacrifice– not just a little blood, but the whole life-ending loss of blood from something that lived, but would no-longer live. The new tune-in method wasn’t nearly so close as the previous relationship, but it was good to again see a little light in the awful darkness of SEPARATION. This gave Adam a shadowy kind of reconciliation. He could “touch” God through the death of a living creature. In this way God could let Himself be touched by a “dirty” hand, without the hand getting “toasted.” Or something like that.
Now comes the sacrifice of Jesus, the Perfect, the Best,– it brought a wonderfully better reconciliation to Adam’s race– one permanent, one complete, one death to end the blood-letting for eternity, one that achieves better cleansing of the hands and the heart, better fellowship, better peace, better identity.
Here’s a word-picture that helps me, “juices” me, every time. The cross has two arms. The left arm is the blood-death of Jesus. It brings about this better reconciliation (touching) and invaluable justification. I need it, I understand it, I believe it! Praise the Lord for the left arm of the cross. It effectively deals with my Adam connection, my sin nature, sin’s ownership on my life. But I need more.
The right arm of the cross deals with my less-than-perfect Christian “walk.” It reminds me that it is the life of Jesus that keeps me safe from the “wrath” of God’s heavenly and eternal law. Because He lives, I live. If He always lives, I will always live. His righteousness abides forever, my safety abides forever. Thanks Jesus. You’re my Savior and my Safety.
Anything happening yet?– something stirring? Some experience? Any “juice, yet?
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Rom 5:8-11, NASB77)
Try reading Truth to your “baby-self.”
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward ________, in that while _________ was yet sinner, Christ died for ___________. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, ____________ shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while ____________ was an enemy, ____________ was reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, ____________ shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but _____________ can also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom ____________ has now received the reconciliation.