Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our LOrd Jesus Christ through whom we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand and we exult in hope of the glory of God" Romans 5:1
In effort to have a walk AND Bible study last week, i borrowed my husband's bible memory cards (see his sidebar) and set off to a new walking park near our house. This is the verse i was memorizing/meditating over the past week. I am going to briefly share what i have learned/connected. 
I once had a bible study teacher tell us always stop and see what the therefore is there for. To do that you have to go back up to chapter 4 which is talking about justification by works and Abraham's faith. So this verse tells us (and/or reminds us of Romans 3:28 'So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.) and that we have PEACE WITH GOD...
Lets stop there for a moment..not intending to ramble, but Ben and i recently watched the movie Amazing Grace about the life of John Newton, author of amazing grace. I have sang that hymn all my life. i even knew he wrote it, but what i didn't know was what a WRETCH he was. NOR DID I REALIZE WHAT I WRETCH I WAS!!!! I grew up in an amazing Christian family that i am SO thankful for. God began wroking in my heart for salvation as young as 5 years old. I felt conviction about sharing my faith in elementary school, i asked my parents in family devotions at 7 years old "why did God let Adam and Eve sin if He really is in control of everything?" I was devoted to ministry to friends, to purity and even to my bible as young as junior high. My life was moral on through high school and college. But my freshman year God took me through a series of events and books of the Bible (Isaiah & Jeremiah) to show me that i was indeed a SINNER in need of grace and that my acts of righteousness were not good enough. I  NEEDED JESUS.
So after having spent time reading and meditating on the WRATH of God and how HOLY He is and how even one sin places me in need of His mercy, i better can be AMAZED at the fact that i actually have PEACE with a God who should be at war with me because of the sin in my heart..BUT JESUS has made even the possibility of peace with God available to me..wow.
And it is through HIM that we have obtained [gained access/ had made available to us] this GRACE in which we can now 'stand' [literally are 'set' made firm/established; to be placed immovable, steadfast].
And for the last part "...and we exult in hope of the glory of God" exult [rejoice/boast/glory in] the hope of  [expectation of] of the glory [majesty,magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace] of GOD. Meaning that we get excited about the expectation of seeing GOD in all His glory-for who He is..that when we worship of simply live our lives our hope is not in the small stuff, but the big--in seeing a big God.
I leave you with a quote from this past Sunday's message "those who look for God's providence-see it"..I look to see God's majesty, magnificence, excellence today and tomorrow-for i will surely see it!!!