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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Riches of Righteousness

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.
ROMANS 5:1-2
23rd June
Henry Smith
He hides our unrighteousness with His righteousness, He covers our disobedience with His obedience, He shadows our death with His death, that the wrath of God cannot find us.
In seeking to define grace, someone has turned this word into an acrostic, reading thus: Gods Riches At Christs Expense. That would be an apt summary of the fifth chapter of Romans. Having shown Gods method of justifying the ungodly through faith in Christs crosswork, Paul now reveals the riches of righteousness that belong to every believer in Christ.

We are, in the first place, reconciled to Godwe have peace with God. One day we were at war with God, alienated and enemies in [our] mind by wicked works (Col. 1:21). But through our Lord Jesus Christ, the mediator between God and men (I Tim. 2:5), all was changed! Christ our Priest took our sin away in His own body on the tree and covered us with His own spotless righteousness. Christ our Prophet, through His Word, made us see our state before God, convincing us of sin. Christ our King subdued our rebellious hearts and caused us to put down our weapons. Never will those reconciled experience what John called the wrath of the Lamb. Never will the believer feel the heat of hells flames, the darkness of the pit, or the unquenchable thirst of the damned.

But grace has also given us access to God. We ever stand in a state of acceptance before God. Not only is there peace between us and God, but there is fellowship. We can go directly and immediately into the Fathers presence. We can boldly approach the throne of grace without fear of rejection. After having failed the Lord in some way, we often feel that we cannot draw near to Him, that we must first make ourselves respectable. But grace will always keep the door of heaven open to the weakest of saints! We can, with Paul, rejoice in hope of the glory of God.