Torrey - Man -5.5- The Results of Justification

V. THE RESULTS OF JUSTIFICATION. Romans 5:1 — "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (See RV.)

First Proposition: Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The enmity between the sinner and God is put away by the cross ( Ephesians 2:14-17; Colossians 1:20-22), and the moment the sinner believes in Christ he is justified and has peace with God through Jesus Christ. He may not yet know he has "peace with God," and so will not have "the peace of God." "Peace with God" has to do with our standing; "the peace of God" has to do with our state. Romans 8:33-34 "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?

It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."

Second Proposition: No one can lay anything to the charge of the justified man.

It is God, the great Judge, who justifies; no one can condemn. (Compare to Romans 8:1 RV — "There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.") The believer in Christ is made secure against all condemnation by the death, resurrection, ascension, and intercession of Christ. When the death of Christ ceases to satisfy God regarding sin, and when the intercession of Christ ceases to prevail with God, then the justified man can be condemned; and not till then. Titus 3:7 RV — "That, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

Third Proposition: Being justified by God's grace, we are made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Romans 5:9 RV Margin — "Much more then, being now justified in his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath of God through him."

Fourth Proposition: Being justified in Christ's blood, we will be saved from the coming wrath of God.

All who are justified through faith in Jesus Christ will have no part in that long-restrained wrath of God that is soon to burst upon an apostate world. (Compare to John 5:24 RV — "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life.") Judgment regarding sin is past for the believer. His sin has already been judged and punished in the death of Christ. 1 Peter 2:24 "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." Galatians 3:13 — "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made; a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."

The only judgment that awaits the believer is a judgment for rewards as to whether his works have been good or worthless ( 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Romans 8:30 — "Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."

Fifth Proposition: The one God justifies He will also glorify.

God has already glorified in His own thought and purpose those whom He has justified. Romans 5:16-17 RV — "And not as through one that sinned, so is the gift; for the judgment came of one unto condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses unto justification. For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ."

Sixth Proposition: Those who are justified shall reign in life through Jesus Christ.