Verse of the Day 4-26-22

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

Not only are we at peace with God, but we have the privileged access of a child to a father and his grace. Having excluded boasting in human status or obedience, Paul says that we as followers of Christ can boast-have confidence-in everlasting security because of what Christ has done. This is the first of three boasts in Romans 5:1-11. The second boast is in suffering, because we as followers of Christ see suffering as a testing ground for faith and hope.

The opposite of being able to boast is being put to shame. Paul believes that this is impossible, because the seal and guarantee of the Holy Spirit assures us of God’s love, which will never leave us.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Judges 6, Luke 22:54-23:12, Psalm 95:1-96:13 and Proverbs 14:5-6

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