What do you see: Romans 5:1-11
English Standard Version (ESV)
Peace with God Through Faith
5 (A)Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, (B)we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also (C)obtained access by faith[b] into this grace (D)in which we stand, and (E)we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we (F)rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering (G)produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and (H)hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love (I)has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For (J)while we were still weak, at the right time (K)Christ died for the ungodly.7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but (L)God shows his love for us in that(M)while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, (N)we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from(O)the wrath of God. 10 For if (P)while we were enemies (Q)we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by (R)his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received (S)reconciliation.
Faith is not so much a key to get “things” from God to make life comfortable but more like an umbilical cord so God can give and support life. We love looking at faith as the end all be all of our struggles in life. We feel that faith is the final piece to the puzzle that makes all thing good. Faith is not all about us and our hidden agendas. No man can give you faith nor debate you into having faith. Faith isnt a magic lamp. It is by faith do we gain our freedom from ourselves. Our faith is the result of God the Holy Spirit removing the blinders from our eyes and softening of our hearts. Our faith is a gift, a bridge, a access and a relationship between us and God the Father. Our faith is carried by Christ, through Christ, and for Christ. Our faith is internal and external as we put on Christ and live out Christ. It is how our connection to the true vine is maintained.