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What It Means To Be Acceptable to God

By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace[a] with God. Christ has also introduced us[b] to God’s undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God. But that’s not all! We gladly suffer,[c] because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.

Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.

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  1. 5.1 we live at peace: Some manuscripts have “let us live at peace.”
  2. 5.2 introduced us: Some manuscripts add “by faith.”
  3. 5.3 We gladly suffer: Or “Let us gladly suffer.”