Romans 5:1 states: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, …”
In a world in which people are looking for assurances, the believer has some clear assurances and they need to know what they are for they are crucial to life and victory in that life. Those who have placed their trust in Christ can rest assured that their faith has been credited to them as righteousness (Rom. 4:24). Their confidence is based on the fact that Christ was put to death for their sins and raised again that they might be declared just (Rom. 4:25). And having been justified through faith in Christ there are a great many blessings which come as a consequence, and the understanding of these blessings are vital for the living of the Christian life.
The last word in chapter 4 of Romans is “justification” which means simply to declare and treat as righteous before God. Having declared that Jesus Christ “was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25), Paul turns his attention to the wonderful blessings that accompany justification. Many benefits follow justification; in fact all blessings in the Christian life follow after a person is justified by faith in Christ.
When a person is justified, he or she has everything God has to give. This does not mean that the person is immediately a spiritually mature Christian, but all the resources of God are available to that individual the moment he or she is justified by faith. Therefore, justification is not only the first or initial blessing, but justification carries with it every other blessing of the Christian life, and when a man or woman is justified, he or she has everything that God has to give. The key is to recognize that we are “in Christ;” therefore, He makes everything available to us that we need in order to live a victorious Christian life.
There are two expressions in Romans 5:1-11 which are key phrases: “We have” (Romans 5:1), which emphasizes the present; and “we shall be” (Romans 5:9), which emphasizes the future, and both expressions follow a similar statement “since we have been justified” (5:1, 9). In Romans 5:1-11 the expression “we have” and similar phrases appear several times. All these words serve as the clue to seeing all that a person possesses because of justification through faith in Christ. Two times the expression “we shall be” occurs, which shows the future benefits that result from salvation.