The Benefits of Grace
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
Question 35: What are the benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
Answer: The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, (Rom 5:1, 2, 5) are assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, (Rom 14:17) increase of grace, perseverance in it to the end. (Prov 4:18; 1 Jn 5:13; 1 Pet 1:5)
What wonderful truths are found in the question and answer to number 35. There is so much here it is difficult to know where to begin and end. The benefits of justification, adoption, and sanctification; that is, of being in covenantal relationship with God is most certainly the assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience and joy. But also growing in God’s grace and persevering to the end. At the end of the day, the benefits are of knowing that since salvation is the work of God from beginning to end, then we need not fret about whether we have lost our salvation and need to be re-saved. We can rest in the hope and assurance that God always does and accomplishes what he set out to do. Jesus will not fail at his mission. God always keeps his promises. More importantly, we can find rest and comfort and peace in knowing that God is for us, not against us. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” While the wrath and anger of God remains on those who refuse to place faith in Christ (Jn 3:36), we are at peace with God. We can sleep easy at night and know that God is looking out for us.
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