Because we have been justified by faith, and now stand at peace with God in his grace, we experience suffering in a new way. We are comforted by God’s purpose in suffering for our growth, his presence in suffering for our comfort, and his promise that suffering will give way to glory.
How do we describe the peace that comes from being justified by God? It is peace with God. This peace was secured for us by the death of Christ. We have access into a new status of favor with God because we have peace with him. This peace produces the hope of future glory with […]
We have already established that, like Abraham, we are put in right relationship with God by faith. Now we ask, faith in what? This passage shows us that faith is not a general sense of wellbeing. Faith is not an optimistic view of the future based on hope in the goodness of people. Faith, the […]
It may appear that Abraham is a mere example of someone who once trusted God and somehow illustrates how we are to trust God. But a closer look reveals that Abraham is more than an example. Through Abraham, God moves his plan of salvation toward Christ, reveals the gospel of justification by grace and faith, […]
The heart of the gospel is that God declares us right with himself, based on the righteous work of Christ on the cross, as a gift of grace to be received by faith. The gospel transforms every relationship we have; with God, with ourselves, and with others. This is why we say with the apostle […]