|Romans 5:1 |
1 Therefore being declared righteous by faith,1 we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; [Faith is not belief that Jesus is the son of God based on the historical accuracy of the Bible; rather faith is hearing the word of God from within your heart, Rom 10:8,17, for faith is the gift of God and is authored by revelation from Jesus Christ, Eph 2:8, Heb 12:2, Rom 1:19. Until you are led (prompted, ordered, commanded) by the Spirit, the law is your schoolmaster, Gal 5:18. The imputed righteousness of Christ only comes to you after death of your selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial, when you receive faith with the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, to then walk in love, obeying the continuous commands of Christ. Until then we through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal. 5:5.]
1 Therefore being declared righteous by faith. Here is another case of translation error. Most Bibles are translated to say: Therefore being justified by faith. Again the Greek word in the Net Bible is dikaiwyentev, (1344) of which the root is dikaioo, and most commonly means to render righteous. "Just" is remote in the choices for the translators, but most took it. This verse is simply restating the imputed righteousness of Christ that comes to you only after death of your selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial, when you receive faith with the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, to then walk in love, obeying the continuous commands of Christ. Until then we through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal. 5:5. See Footnote 2 to Romans 3:22 for the details of imputed righteousness.
we have peace with God. Having crucified our sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, we are at peace with God through Jesus Christ and His righteousness imputed to us. Several of the early Quakers emphasized that as slaves of sin we do not have God's favor nor does peace exist between us. Until our spirit and mind has been crucified, we are at enmity with God; and we can make our peace while on earth through the death of the sinful nature on the cross, or we make peace with God through our suffering and purging in Hell, the hard way.
Regarding justification, commonly attributed to this verse in error, George Fox, wrote that justification occurs at the same time you experience sanctification and redemption:
He who has Him [Christ] has life, and he who has not Him, has not life. They who witness [see and hear] Christ within, witness the end of imputation, they witness the thing itself, the end of their belief, and they possess the sanctification, and such come to know faith and love. Those as may have all the scriptures, and preach of justification and sanctification without them, and not within them, are as the Jews, are as the witches and reprobates. Those are reprobate who do not witness [see] Christ within them, or sanctification there, or justification there, and so do not witness [experience the receipt of] faith, and love, nor the faith that works by love; and they are in the error. He who has Him, has life, justification, sanctification, and redemption.
Yes, we are justified by faith, just like our hearts are purified by faith, just like our souls are purified by obedience to the truth. But the faith has to be operational, producing works of repentance, including the carrying of our cross; operational faith which Paul speaks of as being obedience to the leading of the Spirit.
Faith within justifies; faith within purifies. Faith is the process of following the listened-to and heard commands of Jesus from within your heart; by obedience a person's heart is cleansed, purified, justified, and saved from his sins. Paul speaks of faith coming to free us from the inner law on the heart of every man, which includes moral core of the outward law, as our schoolmaster. In Gal 5:18, he says: if (and when) you are led (prompted, ordered, commanded) by the Spirit, you are not under the law. So he has defined faith to being in obedience to the Spirit's leading. So faith is to follow the commands heard from the Spirit of God, from the Lord. This is a major clarification of the definition of faith, as Paul further tells us that he preaches the word of faith which is in our hearts and mouths to obey, and faith comes by hearing the word; and Jesus says, Blessed are those who hear the word of God and "keep" [practice, obey] it. So faith is to hear the word within, and believe it to be the Son of God speaking to you, and then to keep it [obey it, practice it], repeatedly.
Note! Galatians 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ. As believers, we must seek to be justified. Just by believing in Jesus, we are not automatically justified. Likewise by faith one is purified; but obviously by just believing in Jesus, one does not become instantly pure. We must believe and obey what we hear Jesus tell us to do; that is believing in Jesus. We are not instantly justified, cleansed, purified, or saved. As Paul said we seek to be justified by Christ and he said we must continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, Phil 2:12; and now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Rom 13:11.