“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God”
Notice that we have peace with God and not the peace of God. What is the difference?
Peace with God is objective. It means there is no hostility between God and us. The peace of God is subjective. It is the feeling of peacefulness that may ebb and flow.
Think about it like peace between 2 nations that are at peace with each other. The peace countryside of at the top of quiet mountain is the feeling “the peace of” that country, but the lack of war between 2 nations is peace with each other.
What it means to have peace “with” God is that He is no longer hostile towards us.
Do you see how Romans 5:1, the first verse of the second main section, answers Roman 1:18, the first verse of the first main section?
Peace with God is the opposite of being under the wrath of God. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ than this means God is not angry with you and has already been poured out on Jesus. There is no wrath against you.
You must believe that God is not and never will be angry with you. Otherwise you will not be able to receive the next blessing in Romans 5:2. “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.”
Access is only used 2 other times in the NT and both times it is by Paul in Ephesians and both times it has to do with prayer.
Is Your Prayer Life Lacking?
It is hard to pray if you think God is angry with you. If you think God is angry with you when you sin, then you will not go to him in prayer nearly as often as you would if you knew that he was not angry with you.
If you do not have much of a prayer life, the problem might be because you do not understand justification by faith alone. There are a lot of devotional writings that make us feel guilty about our prayerlessness and they are not helping you. Continue reading