Job 1 & Romans 5

Job 1

    There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

    Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

    Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

    Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

    In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

(Job 1 ESV)

Romans 5

    Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

    For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

    Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

    But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

    Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Romans 5 ESV)

Romans 5: For the modern Christian who finds himself unfamiliar with doctrinal terms (whether by lack of interest or lack of teaching), the guarantee of a future glorification may simply arouse a casual coziness or warmth of feelings about what heaven has in store for us. Therefore, it might be helpful to first consider three big reasons why we ought to live in hope of this future glorification. Our glorification by God means: 

  • We will one day look upon the radiant splendor of God’s glory fully displayed. We will actually see God as He is in His fullness.
  • We will also share in this glory and once again fulfill our created purpose to bear the image and glory of God which we fall drastically short of doing in our current sinful state. We will be perfected.  
  • We will experience the renewed universe set free from its bondage to decay. We will live eternally in a universe that has been perfected. 

We will see God in His fullness, we will be made perfect, and we will dwell in a perfected universe. One can only imagine what this could possibly look like, but who in their right mind wouldn’t rejoice in the hope that this will one day take place? Our justification by God’s grace alone guarantees us this experience. 

Now, there are three big things that Paul mentions here that are the results of our justification. He says that since we have been justified through faith:

  • We have peace with God.
  • We have access to God.
  • We have hope of future glory with God.

Man has no greater need in life than to be on terms of peace with God. Man doesn’t need the peace of God as much as he needs peace with God.

Paul is not talking about a feel good peace experienced by a calm heart. He is speaking of the reconciliation of two sides at war with one another. We are no longer God's enemies. We are no longer the opposition. How many people turn to Jesus in hope of joy, healing, satisfaction and fulfillment without realizing that what they need and must have first is these terms of peace with God? Without this peace with God, man cannot expect all the other things he seeks from Him. 

Man cannot approach God on any other terms except through this peace that is offered to us through Christ our Lord. That is our primary need and must be understood as such.
 
Next, once we are on terms of peace with God, we have access to God. We now have been granted access to the presence and power of God. The Greek word used here for access means ‘to be brought into the presence of’ or ‘to be introduced’. We have no chance of a meeting with the President unless we know someone close to him in the White House. In the same way, we have no chance of standing in the presence of God without being brought into His presence by His Son. This is what the Bible is describing when it speaks of Jesus as our Advocate, our High Priest, the one who clothes us in righteousness. 

How many people live under the false assumption that they have more access than they actually have? How many people are expecting to walk right into heaven when in fact they’re going to be turned down at the door? We need a credential. The cross of Christ is our credential. It bears His name, and He is our only access into the graces and blessings of God’s power and presence. 

Therefore, the man who is at peace with God and who now has access to God can rejoice in hope of the future glory of God. In light of what God has already done for him through his justification, the Christian can live with a favorable and confident expectation of his future glorification by God. It gives us confidence in God’s love for us and that He is always working towards what’s best for us eternally. The Christian can see past the here and now and look out onto the horizon of where He’s going. There’s a greater place and a greater life and it’s with a great God and it lasts forever. It is guaranteed that God will certainly complete what He has already begun through our justification.