Christian Living
Salvation Guarantees (Part 1)
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Mar 11, 2019
Counting Stars in an Empty Sky

FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

Read Romans 5:1-2.

How can we continue following Christ for the rest of our lives? In Romans 5:1-11, Paul gives us an answer. We must hold fast to our salvation by remembering the six incredible guarantees that we received from God when we were justified through faith. Let's look at the first three now.

By faith, we are absolutely certain of what we cannot see—that God is real and His promises are true.

 

Peace with God (v. 1).
This peace is not dependent on our feelings but is permanent and irrevocable, for it is found in Christ Himself. I know that thousands of you could testify here because you have experienced His peace even in your darkest hour. I know I have.

Favor with God (v. 2). This favor is a privileged position that we stand in for the rest of our lives. Once we enter into grace, we cannot fall out of it—for God Himself sustains, strengthens, convicts, and restores us by His Holy Spirit as we live for Him each day.

Hope in God (v. 2). The word hope here means absolute certainty. By faith, we are absolutely certain of what we cannot see—that God is real and His promises are true. Therefore, we can rejoice, even when our whole world is falling apart, because in Christ our future is gloriously bright.

Prayer: God, help me to hold unswervingly to these guarantees of my salvation and experience Your peace, favor, and hope today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, . . ." (Romans 5:1).