Romansby David Cook
Justification is such a treasure that Paul now outlines the three blessings that flow from it.
First, God is at peace with us because His justice has been satisfied (v. 1). He holds nothing against us.
Second, not only do we have a relationship with God that is absent of anger, but we also have access to a gracious relationship-an unconditional, undeserved relationship with God (v. 1).
Third, we have the certain expectation that, in the future, we will share in the glory of God (v. 2; 8:18). But we not only rejoice in hope, we also rejoice in suffering. Why? Because suffering leads to perseverance, which leads to character. Perseverance in the face of opposition shows the authenticity of our commitment. Such an experience leads to a fresh or new yearning for the fulfillment of our hope (v. 4).
How can we be sure our hope will be fulfilled? Paul gives us three reasons:
We can be confident that our hope of glorification will not be dashed.
God says having two witnesses in a case is important (see Deuteronomy 19:15). Who are the two witnesses to God's love mentioned here? How are they different?
What should the blessings of justification cause you to do?