Read: Romans 4-7 Marked: Romans 5:1-2, Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
I know how long I have to work to get most tasks done; whether hours, days, or weeks. I can also measure work done by the wages I earn. But when it comes to salvation there is only one way I have assurance that I have obtained it.
Salvation is not something I can work for. How would I ever know I have worked hard enough or long enough or earned enough to be assured I’ve got it?
Romans 6:23 says the only wages I earn are the wages of sin. But the gift of God isn’t earned. You don’t earn a gift or it would be something owed to you (Romans 4:4).
Isn’t that how we often approach eternal life? If I do enough good things I will be accepted by God. If only I work harder at being a good person, God won’t turn me away. But does that bring the peace which Paul speaks of in verse 1?
I’m so glad I don’t have to work for my salvation and wonder if I’ve done enough to earn it. My salvation was purchased for me. All God requires is that I believe and receive His gift of grace by faith in Jesus. Because, while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (V8).
Jesus is my only assurance. He is my justifier. He is my redeemer. Only in Him can I have assurance of salvation.