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Peace with God

Romans 5:1-11 What does peace with God look like? Peace with a neighbor might mean minding one’s own business and not bothering the neighbor. Peace in the house might mean giving up the TV remote on occasion. When I think of peace in relationships, I think of calm, tranquil relations, free of strife and contentions. The word peace brings to our minds a tranquil, calm morning. Peace means things like: tranquil, calm, restful, quiet and still. The twenty-third Psalm brings peaceful images to our minds when it says: The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. ( Psalms 23:1-2 NLT ) Calm, peaceful, tranquil relations with God certainly seem to be indicated when we say we have peace with God. However, Romans 5:1-11 speak of so much more that comes with our having peace with God. Romans 5:1 says: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord

God's Promises

Romans 4:13-25 Chapter 4 of Romans starts out by exploring what Abraham found about being a friend of God. Was it by works or by faith that a person became a friend of God? In other words, was it a position one earned or was it a gift? Verses 13 through 25 build on these thoughts, but from the perspective of the promises of God. Verses 13 through 25 explore the promises of God, and how we receive them. Are the promises something we earn, or are they a gift? God’s promises to Abraham include the whole world and eternity. God’s promises to Abraham are gigantic and wonderful in scope. Genesis 12:2-3 begins the revelation of God’s promises to Abraham when it says: And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. ( Genesis 12:2-3 ESV ) In several places in Genesis, God

Justified by Faith

Romans 4:1-12 Abraham was a great man. We know that he started his life is Mesopotamia in a place called Ur. He was born close to two thousand years after the creation of Adam and close to two thousand years before the birth of Christ. Ur is near the Euphrates River in what is now southern Iraq, and is in the place known as the cradle of civilization, which is also near the site where the Tower of Babel project was undertaken. Ur was a prosperous place at the time, and it was a hot bed of idolatry, immorality, humanism and materialism. It was in this place and from these people that God called Abram. Genesis 11 tells us that Abram moved with his father, his nephew and his wife to Haran, which represented a move north. Genesis 12 tells us that after Abram’s father died, God appeared to Abram and told him to go to a land that God would show him. According to Acts 7:2, Stephen said, “The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived