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 More than that, 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.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in thatwhile we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 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 byhis life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Faith and Hope
Faith and hope permeate the above section. In the face of suffering, what do we have to look forward to? If we are living in an unstable world which has poverty and injustice, what reason is there for a positive outlook?
We stand in grace. God has given us more than we can imagine. So why doesn’t it feel that way? When we imagine, our imaginations are often polluted by the world. We imagine a perfect home, a perfect spouse, a perfect family. We imagine health, wealth and that brings happiness. How much do our minds dwell on God and on heaven? Focusing on God takes us to new heights, but what we imagine about God is limited by our own minds. God is in the business of blowing our minds.
Ultimately we are reconciled with God in ways that we have not dreamed of. However, we are reconciled through Christ in the here and now. Our lives should be different because we have no barrier between us and Jesus. A faithful response to the gospel has us living in the lap of God each day. We are cared for, cherished and nurtured by our Father. Our faith grows and our hope becomes more certain in our minds.
May we see the way that you are growing our faith and our hope. May we live with different goals than those around us. Then, with eyes fixed on heaven let us exercise faith.
- How many times are the words faith and hope used in this passage?
- How are faith and hope related?
- Why is Christian faith different from other faiths?
- What kind of future do you dream of?
- What kind of life has Jesus secured for you through faith?