Stand Innocent | Romans 5:1
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The fear of insignificance arises when we compare ourselves to the standard of the world. However, when we realize that we have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” that should change everything.
All believers have been “justified!” That rich theological word is one we need to understand in order to grasp our significance. “Justify” is a legal term that carries two significant truths.
- “Not Guilty!” As a sinner I stand before God without a prayer. I am guilty to the core but, thankfully, I don’t have to stand before God alone. When I place my faith in Jesus and his work on the cross, he stands with me. Jesus died for all my sin and guilt. With Jesus, God pronounces me “Not guilty.” The payment for my sin has been settled in full by my Savior.
- “Righteous!” As I stand before God with Jesus, I am declared innocent and righteous. The word “righteous” is a term that comes from a river reed that was used as a construction tool to judge the horizontal straightness of walls and fences. The word is used in Scripture to describe God. He is the straight edge (the right rule) by which all things are evaluated. Because of Jesus, God clothes us with a “robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).
I am not significant because of who I am or what I do for a living. The name or address on my mailbox does not make me important. My significance is found in Jesus alone.
Lord Jesus, thank you for doing for me what I could never do for myself. Thank you for paying sin’s penalty on my behalf. Lord, thank you for allowing me to find my identity in you alone. Amen.