Romans Lesson 8 Day 2

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Romans Lesson 8 Day 2

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In Rome, Christians knew their God so intimately that they sang His praises as they were burned at the stake. There are historical accounts of Nero the emperor sticking his fingers in his ears and saying, “Why must these Christians sing?” Eternal Life There’s More To It Than You Think

3. The first benefit – peace with God.

The Greek word for peace is eirene and can also mean “to Join” (as in a dove-tail joint). We have entered into the union of our lives with God’s peace and enjoy lasting friendship with God. The Hebrew word is shalom, which means abundant peace and well-being. (footnote in Passion Translation)

We have abundant peace and well-being with God because we have entered into the union of our lives with God’s peace and enjoy lasting friendship with God. (See above)

This peace comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of who we are and whose we are, this peace abides even in stormy circumstances.

4. Permanent access

“Through Him (Jesus) also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand.” (Romans 5:2 AMPC emphasis added)

Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. (Romans 5:2a Passion Translation)

“And this access to God, or introduction to the Divine presence, is to be considered a lasting privilege. We are not brought to God for the purpose of an interview, but to remain with him; to be his household; and by faith, to behold his face, and walk in the light of his countenance.” (Clarke)

When I read Clarke’s words, all that is in me said, “I want that!” I must take every opportunity to turn my attention toward Him. I don’t have to be shy. In fact, I am – we are – co-seated with Christ the Exalted One in the heavenly realm. All the time! It’s a mystery I want to understand.

5. We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. (From Romans 5:2 HCSB)

“For we continue to look forward to the joyful fulfillment of our hope in the dawning splendor of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus, the Anointed One.” (Titus 2:13 Passion Translation)

The glory of God is the manifestation of God, the outward shining of His inward being. At the Lord’s return, that glory will be fully revealed (see Titus 2:13) and believers exult in the prospect of seeing Him as He is and of sharing in His glory. (Note on Romans 5:2 Spirit Filled Life Bible)

It’s possible to see God’s glory while still in our earth suit. It’s been done. (See Ezekiel, Daniel, Moses, John, and Isaiah.)

Since eternal life begins the moment of our new birth, and since I’m seated in the heavenly realm, I want to experience that closeness now.

Although I rejoice that my name remains in the Book of Life, I want to know my God so intimately that I sing for joy because of that relationship. Not only because of the hope of escaping hell.

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