Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Paul has shared with us the knowledge from the scriptures that we begin life as sinners. He has carefully shared the manner in which we can be justified before God from that position. We have committed a crime. We stand judged for that crime. There is established a penalty for that crime that we must pay. The penalty was declared prior to the commitment of the crime and cannot be ignored or erased. The penalty is death as promised. However, there is One who has paid the penalty for that crime and when we buy into that fact, when we exercise our faith to believe its truth, our sentence is paid.
At that point we are justified; it is just as if we did not commit the crime. The crime has not been removed, the penalty has not been removed; but our obligation to pay has been covered by someone else and we access that cover when we believe.
Now being justified by faith that this is so, we no longer find ourselves to be enemies of God but at peace with Him. We stand in the grace He has extended to us for believing that His Son did pay for our crime. This gives us hope that we can be in Him as He says. We are not removed from this world, and we will face sufferings for now we are different from the rest of humanity. Our difference is not looked upon with favor and produces suffering as it did for Christ. Paul reminds us that suffering of this nature will produce perseverance which in turn will produce character. That character gives hope that will not disappoint us for it comes through the love of the Father. This brings us to reconciliation with God. The former self dies with Christ and rises anew with Him in reconciliation with the Father.
Take away: We are justified through faith; we are at peace with God; we are granted grace that enables us to be reconciled with the Creator. This occurs not through any action on our part; only using the faith to believe God when He says He will recognize the blood of His Son as payment for our sins. For this we can be humbly grateful; how great is the love of the Father for His creation.