“Much More”: The Benefits of Justification
Mike Bullmore / April 14, 2019
BIBLE PASSAGE FOR THIS SERMON
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.
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 that while 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 by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
- Can you think of a time recently when a particular truth from God’s Word became really important to you on a very personal level?
- Recall the six benefits of our justification that Paul lays out in Romans 5:1-11: 1) peace with God; 2) access to grace; 3) joyful confidence in our hope; 4) the ability to rejoice in sufferings; 5) the assurance of absolute safety on judgment day; 6) enjoying God himself. Which of these are you most aware of and living in the good of on a regular basis? Which of these do you feel needs some increased presence in your thinking and living?
- Would you say there is an evident joy in your life that flows from your knowledge of and personal appreciation for these truths? How does it show up? If it’s not at the level it should be, what do you think is the reason for that? (Think carefully and specifically about this. There are several possible locations where the problem might exist.)
Mike Bullmore is preaching from Romans 5:1-11 today in a sermon he has titled, “Much More: The Benefits of Justification.”