Romans 5:1
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New International Version
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

New Living Translation
Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

English Standard Version
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

King James Bible
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

International Standard Version
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah.

NET Bible
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

New Heart English Bible
Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because we have been declared righteous, therefore, by faith, we shall have peace with God in our Lord Yeshua The Messiah,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now that we have God's approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Justified therefore by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Christ,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

American King James Version
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

American Standard Version
Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
BEING justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore having been justified on the principle of faith, we have peace towards God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

English Revised Version
Being therefore justified by faith, let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
Standing then acquitted as the result of faith, let us enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

World English Bible
Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Study Bible
The Triumph of Faith
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.…
Cross References
Isaiah 27:5
"Or let him rely on My protection, Let him make peace with Me, Let him make peace with Me."

Acts 10:36
He has sent this message to the people of Israel, proclaiming the gospel of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Romans 5:11
Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Colossians 1:20
and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

being.

Romans 5:9,18 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved …

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 3:22,26-28,30 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to …

Romans 4:5,24,25 But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the …

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after …

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth …

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the …

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this …

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

Galatians 3:11-14,25 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is …

Galatians 5:4-6 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

James 2:23-26 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

we have.

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death …

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace …

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, …

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

Romans 15:13,33 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

Job 21:21 For what pleasure has he in his house after him, when the number …

Psalm 85:8-10 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace …

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love you.

Isaiah 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with …

Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness …

Isaiah 54:13 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall …

Isaiah 55:12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains …

Isaiah 57:19-21 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, …

Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the …

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 10:5,6 And into whatever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house…

Luke 19:38,42 Saying, Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the Lord: peace …

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world …

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. …

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

Ephesians 2:14-17 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the …

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to …

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also …

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. …

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, …

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

through.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life …

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, …

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his …

V.

(1-11) A description of the serene and blissful state which the sense of justification brings. Faith brings justification; justification brings (let us see that it does bring) peace--peace with God, through the mediation of Jesus. To that mediation it is that the Christian owes his state of grace or acceptance in the present, and his triumphant hope of glory in the future. Nay, the triumph begins now. It begins even with tribulation, for tribulation leads by gradual stages to that tried and approved constancy which is a virtue most nearly allied to hope. Such hope does not deceive. It is grounded upon the consciousness of justifying love assured to us by the wonderful sacrifice of the death of Christ. The one great and difficult step was that which reconciled sinful man to God; the completion of the process of his salvation follows by easy sequence. Knowing this our consciousness just spoken of takes a glow of triumph.

(1) Being justified.--The present chapter is thus linked on to the last. Christ was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification. "Being justified then," &c. This opening has a wonderful beauty which centres in the Christian idea of peace. After all the gloomy retrospect which fills the preceding chapters, the clouds break, and light steals gently over the scene. Nor is it merely the subsidence of storm, but an ardent and eager hope that now awakens, and looks forward to a glorious future.

We have.--A decided preponderance of MSS. authority compels us to read here, "Let us have," though the older reading would seem to make the best sense. A hortatory element is introduced into the passage, which does not seem quite properly or naturally to belong to it. It is just possible that there may have been a very early error of the copyist, afterwards rightly corrected (in the two oldest MSS., Vat. and Sin., the reading of the Authorised version appears as a correction) by conjecture. On the other hand, it is too much always to assume that a writer really used the expression which it seems to us most natural that he should have used. "Let us have" would mean "Let us enter into and possess."

Peace.--The state of reconciliation with God, with all that blissful sense of composure and harmony which flows from such a condition. "Peace" is the special legacy bequeathed by Jesus to His disciples (John 14:27; John 16:33); it is also the word used, with deep significance, after miracles of healing, attended with forgiveness (Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50). Boswell notes a remark of Johnson's upon this word. "He repeated to Mr. Langton, with great energy in the Greek, our Saviour's gracious expression concerning the forgiveness of Mary Magdalene: 'Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace' (Luke 7:50). He said, 'The manner of this dismission is exceedingly affecting'" (Life of Johnson, ch. 4, under the date 1780). For other illustrations of this supreme and unique phase of the Christian life, we may turn to the hymns of Cowper, especially those stanzas commencing "Sometimes a light surprises," "So shall my walk be close with God," "Fierce passions discompose the mind," "There if Thy Spirit touch the soul"; or to some of the descriptions in the Pilgrim's Progress.

Verses 1-21. - (6) The results of the revelation of the righteousness of God, as affecting

(a) the consciousness and hopes of believers;

(b) the position of mankind before God. Verses 1-11. - (a) As to the consciousness of individual believers. Verse 1. - Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of the ἔχομεν of the Textus Receptus, an overwhelming preponderance of authority, including uncials, versions, and Fathers, supports ἔχωμεν ("let us have"). If this be the true reading, the expression must be intended as hortatory, meaning, apparently, "Let us appreciate and realize our peace with God which we have in being justified by faith." But hortation here does not appear in keeping with what follows, in which the results of our being justified by faith are described in terms clearly, corresponding with the idea of our having peace with God. The passage as a whole is not hortatory, but descriptive, and "we have peace" comes in naturally as an initiatory statement of what is afterwards carried out. This being the case, it is a question whether an exception may not be allowed in this case to the usually sound rule of bowing to decided preponderance of authority with respect to readings. That ἔχωμεν was an early and widely accepted reading there can be no doubt; but still it may not have been the original one, the other appearing more probable. Scrivener is of opinion that "the itacism of ω for ο, so familiar to all collators of Greek manuscripts, crept into some very early copy, from which it was propagated among our most venerable codices, even those from which the earliest versions were made." Therefore being justified by faith,.... Not that faith is at the first of our justification; for that is a sentence which passed in the mind of God from all eternity, and which passed on Christ, and on all the elect considered in him, when he rose from the dead; see Romans 4:25; nor is it the chief, or has it the chief place in justification; it is not the efficient cause of it, it is God that justifies, and not faith; it is not the moving cause of it, that is the free grace of God; it is not the matter of it, that is the righteousness of Christ: we are not justified by faith, either as God's work in us, for, as such, it is a part of sanctification; nor as our work or act, as exercised by us, for then we should be justified by works, by something of our own, and have whereof to glory; but we are justified by faith objectively and relatively, as that relates to the object Christ, and his righteousness; or as it is a means of our knowledge, and perception of our justification by Christ's righteousness, and of our enjoying the comfort of it; and so we come to

have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle having set the doctrine of justification in a clear light, and fully proved that it is not by the works of men, but by the righteousness of God; and having mentioned the several causes of it, proceeds to consider its effects, among which, peace with God stands in the first place; and is so called, to distinguish it from peace with men, which persons, though justified by faith in Christ's righteousness, may not have; but are sure, having a sense of this, to find peace with God, even with him against whom they have sinned, whose law they have transgressed, and whose justice they have affronted; reconciliation for sin being made, and a justifying righteousness brought in, and this imputed and applied to them, they have that "peace of God", that tranquillity and serenity of mind, the same with "peace with God" here, "which passes all understanding", Philippians 4:7; and is better experienced than expressed: and this is all through our Lord Jesus Christ; it springs from his atoning sacrifice, and precious blood, by which he has made peace; and is communicated through the imputation of his righteousness, and the application of his blood; and is only felt and enjoyed in a way of believing, by looking to him as the Lord our righteousness. CHAPTER 5

Ro 5:1-11. The Blessed Effects of Justification by Faith.

The proof of this doctrine being now concluded, the apostle comes here to treat of its fruits, reserving the full consideration of this topic to another stage of the argument (Ro 8:1-39).

1. Therefore being—"having been."

justified by faith, we have peace with God, etc.—If we are to be guided by manuscript authority, the true reading here, beyond doubt, is, "Let us have peace"; a reading, however, which most reject, because they think it unnatural to exhort men to have what it belongs to God to give, because the apostle is not here giving exhortations, but stating matters of fact. But as it seems hazardous to set aside the decisive testimony of manuscripts, as to what the apostle did write, in favor of what we merely think he ought to have written, let us pause and ask—If it be the privilege of the justified to "have peace with God," why might not the apostle begin his enumeration of the fruits of justification by calling on believers to "realize" this peace as belonged to them, or cherish the joyful consciousness of it as their own? And if this is what he has done, it would not be necessary to continue in the same style, and the other fruits of justification might be set down, simply as matters of fact. This "peace" is first a change in God's relation to us; and next, as the consequence of this, a change on our part towards Him. God, on the one hand, has "reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ" (2Co 5:18); and we, on the other hand, setting our seal to this, "are reconciled to God" (2Co 5:20). The "propitiation" is the meeting-place; there the controversy on both sides terminates in an honorable and eternal "peace."5:1-5 A blessed change takes place in the sinner's state, when he becomes a true believer, whatever he has been. Being justified by faith he has peace with God. The holy, righteous God, cannot be at peace with a sinner, while under the guilt of sin. Justification takes away the guilt, and so makes way for peace. This is through our Lord Jesus Christ; through him as the great Peace-maker, the Mediator between God and man. The saints' happy state is a state of grace. Into this grace we are brought, which teaches that we were not born in this state. We could not have got into it of ourselves, but we are led into it, as pardoned offenders. Therein we stand, a posture that denotes perseverance; we stand firm and safe, upheld by the power of the enemy. And those who have hope for the glory of God hereafter, have enough to rejoice in now. Tribulation worketh patience, not in and of itself, but the powerful grace of God working in and with the tribulation. Patient sufferers have most of the Divine consolations, which abound as afflictions abound. It works needful experience of ourselves. This hope will not disappoint, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love. It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints. A right sense of God's love to us, will make us not ashamed, either of our hope, or of our sufferings for him.
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