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Past, Present, Future

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Justification by faith deals with our past, our present and our future. In the present we have peace, and we have the expectation of sharing the presence of God in the future forever.

In chapter 5 Paul told us what are the benefits of justification by faith. In the first verse he said we have continual peace with God. But there is much more.

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 2 through whom also we have obtained our access by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

 (Rom 5:1-2)

In verse two we are told that we have permanent access in the past and the present and in the future into the presence of God. Paul used what is called a perfect tense to tell us that our ability to come into God's presence is not determined by time. We also are permanently standing in God's grace. That is also a perfect tense. So we have permanent access and permanent standing in grace while we are at peace with God or more exactly God is at peace with us. Because of those realities we can shout about or exalt about our future participation in the glory of God. Notice how justification by faith dealt with our past, our present, and our future. In the present we have peace and we have joyful expectation of sharing the presence of God in the future forever.

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