Romans 5:1–5 (ESV)
Peace with God Through Faith
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that,
but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit
who has been given to us.
It is interesting, because we are studying Mormonism at church on Wednesday nights and tonight we were talking about how much “works” fit into their building up of
enough righteousness to earn the free grace of God. But this is not what the Bible teaches. We are not justified by works, but “we have been justified by faith.” Man wants so hard to earn their way to heaven. But...
the Bible says we are justified by faith. Where the Mormons says that we must earn or work our way to receive God’s grace, verse 2 speaks right the opposite. Verse 2 says: “2 Through him [not through us by works] we have also obtained
access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. I added the bracketed response to highlight that it is not through our efforts, but from God. Notice in verse that it is God who is working in our life:
“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” God is pouring love into us!
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks for all that you have
done for me. Your gift of free grace, not earned grace, which is a true and everlasting blessing. Continue to pour your love into me. Let the Holy Spirit continue to change me. Forgive me when I fall into temptation and trust in your