Full text of Derek Prince’s teaching on the book of Romans (Romans 5:1 – 5:21): Faith Triumphs in Trouble.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
In our previous two sessions we’ve been looking at Romans chapter 4 and we’ve been focusing mainly on the example and the pattern of Abraham and his faith. And we’ve seen the conditions that Abraham had to fulfill in order to become the father of a great multitude or a multitude of nations.
And then we’ve seen also the conditions that we have to fulfill in order to qualify to be reckoned as the descendants of Abraham.
Now we’re moving on to Stage Six in this Pilgrimage which is found at the beginning of chapter 5, which I have headed in our outline as 5 Experiential Results Of Being Justified By Faith.
I pointed out earlier that the Gospel is anchored in history and in human experience. It’s not just an abstract set of theories, but it’s tied to history and human experience. It’s tied to history because it’s based and centers in historical facts. That Jesus died, that He was buried, that He rose again the third day. If those facts are not true, the Gospel is not true.
It’s also anchored to human experience because when we believe it and act on it, it produces results in our experience which could not be produced in any other way.
So now we’re going to look at the results in experience of being justified by faith.
What happens in us when we meet these conditions to have righteousness reckoned to us by faith, or when we are justified?
And let’s just give the alternative renderings of justified: When we’re acquitted, we’re not guilty. We’re reckoned righteous, we’re made righteous, we’re just as if we’d never sinned.
What does it feel like? What happens in us?
Paul now deals with this question in the beginning of chapter 5. And here’s another of his therefores. I don’t think I’ll ever do it, but it could be interesting to go through Romans and count the number of therefores in Romans.
But here’s another one: ‘Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into disgrace in which we stand and we exalt in hope of the glory of God.’
There are the first three experiential results of being justified by faith.
First of all, we have peace with God. For the first time in our lives, we’re in harmony with our Creator. And in a certain sense, because we’re in harmony with the Creator, we’re in harmony with the Creation.
I’m sure many of us have had an experience after we’ve met the Lord and received righteousness by faith, everything looked different. Can you think of something like that?
I met the Lord in a little seaside town in Yorkshire, in England. And the next day when I went out and sat on the front and looked at the waves, they were just different. Everything was different.
The waves were surging towards me and saying this is just a little power of God that you’ve seen, the power that’s in these waves is the power that’s working in you and greater than that. I remember my first wife was with the Lord now.
When she met the Lord in a dramatic personal encounter, she records how she went out and walked on the seashore. Next day, everything looked different. She couldn’t believe she was in the same place she’d been the day before.
Now, not everybody has that dramatic experience, but it’s part of having peace with God. You’ve got peace with the environment, peace with creation.
It’s written in the Book of Job that God will make a covenant with the beasts of the field for you. Everything suddenly becomes different. Forces that were against you are now on your side. Forces that you couldn’t control and that frightened you now no longer frightened you. You have peace.
You know the Hebrew word for peace, I’m sure shalom directly connected with the word for completeness. It’s also connected with the word for to pay. To pay a bill in Hebrew is le shahlem. So you have peace because your bill has been paid.
Your peace is a completeness. For the first time, you’re a complete person. Every part of you is in harmony with every other part of you and with the great God who created you. So we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The second experiential result is in verse 2. Through whom, that’s Jesus, also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand.
I think the old King James said access by faith into this grace. I think in a way I prefer the word access. So being justified by faith gives us access into grace which upholds us. We can stand in this grace. We are no longer carried to and fro. We are no longer the plating of forces, but we are standing firm in the grace of God. God’s grace is upon us.
And whenever you hear the word grace, it’s probably good to think of in terms of favor. The two words are really different ways of translating the same word.
The Greek word for grace, charis, from which we get charisma and all those words we’re so fond of, means basically beauty, elegance, charm. We don’t think about it like that.
But you see, somebody said beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When God looks at us with favor, we become beautiful. And so here we are in this marvelous condition of having God’s favor upon us. What a difference that makes.
I feel so strengthened when I recognize that in any situation, if I’m walking in the will of God, God’s favor is on me.
The book of Proverbs says that God’s favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
The Book of Psalms says that God compasses the righteous with favor like a shield.
So we’re protected on every side by the grace or the favor of God upon us. And as we walk along, we’re under this beautiful cloud of the latter rain. And every now and then the cloud bursts and precipitates some of the latter rain upon us.
If you could think of grace in terms of beauty, see one of the things that’s lacking in so much religious life is real beauty. We’re content to be rather somber and drab. I don’t think that’s God’s will. I think God wants us to be beautiful. He says, ‘He will beautify the meek with His salvation.’ The beauty that comes upon us is His favor.
And then the third result, which is stated at the end of verse 2, is we exalt in hope of the glory of God.
We now have hope. At the end of the tunnel, there’s light. It may be a long, dark tunnel, but there’s light at the end. We know that ultimately we are going to share God’s glory in eternity forever and ever.