Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 (ESV)
Paul delivers great news to the saints at the church at Rome here. He tells them that “we have peace with God.” By no means is Paul talking about a “sense of peace” or some type or relaxed state without stress or worry. Paul isn’t using the word “peace” to convey a type of emotion or a feeling. Instead the “peace” that Paul is talking about is an objective, factual and permanent standing between the Holy God and men and women who were once His enemies. Yes, we were God’s enemies. Romans 5:10 says, “10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”
In the beginning humanity lived in peace with God but sin entered the relationship, man turned to his own way and the relationship was broken. Now every person who enters the world comes in as an enemy of God. That is what sin does. It destroys every relationship in heaven and on earth.
But Romans 5:10 tells us that we now have been reconciled to God by the death of His Son. Jesus went to the cross as God’s Son but was treated by God there as if He were God’s enemy because at the cross Jesus was substituting Himself for me and you. At the cross He absorbed all of God’s anger, fury and wrath. And while Jesus took our sin on Himself, He was also offering us the gift of His righteousness. Only the righteous can be at peace with God and Romans 3:10 makes it clear that among man none are righteous. But at the cross Jesus is offering to give us as a gift of His grace, His righteousness so that we can have peace with God.
That’s the point of Romans 5:1. By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone we can have a new relationship with God. One in which the war between God and us is over. We are no longer His enemies but His sons and daughters.
Now go back and read Romans 5:1 again slowly and consider how glorious that news is! PEACE WITH GOD – isn’t that what this world needs?
Maybe that is what you need. Why don’t you trust Christ today as the only way to be reconciled to God? Why don’t you turn from your sin today and receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord? You will never have peace in this world until you have peace with the One who made this world.