Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #26
Posted: December 9, 2004

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

We have now considered six results of justification.  They are: Peace With God, Access To God, Rest In Trouble Before God, Experiencing The Love Of God, Safe From The Wrath Of God, and Reconciled To God.  We now look to Romans 5:11 for our seventh result which is The Joy Of The Lord.  The text says, “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” 

Let us look at this ‘Joy” from three different angles.  May the Lord be pleased to share with us about the ‘Basis of this Joy’, the ‘Boast of this Joy’, and the ‘Branch of this Joy’.   

BASIS OF JOY  

Our text tells us that the foundation of our joy is the ‘atonement’.  The text says, “…by whom we have now received the atonement.”  The word ‘atonement’ carries the idea of ‘at-one-ment’.  To be at one with our Lord brings great joy.  It is not in our circumstances or a feeling.  This is a right now joy because of His reconciling death.   He has imputed to us the joy of the Lord.  Our Lord spoke of His death as the ‘Joy’ that was set before Him.  This death gives us ‘Joy’.  John 15 says, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”  The ‘Joy’ He had for the cross is placed in us fully.   

BOAST OF JOY 

The word for ‘Joy’ used in our text means to rejoice, be glad in, or to make a boast of.  Our rejoicing, gladness, and boast is in our God.  It is made available to us through the death of Christ.  No wonder Paul could say in II Corinthians 7:4, “…I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.”  The writer of Hebrews said in Chapter 10:34 that he “…took joyfully the spoiling of his goods.”  James said in Chapter 1:2, “Count it all joy when you fall into diverse tribulation…”  Our joy is not in a feeling, happening, or a particular circumstance.  It is not dependent on things going right or wrong.  Our joy is in a person.  No wonder Paul said in Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord alway and again I say rejoice.”   

BRANCH OF JOY

How does ‘Joy’ flow from God to us?  Our text says, the joy is in God and through our Lord Jesus Christ.   The word ‘our’ indicates a personal, ongoing, intimate relationship.   Paul mentions the branch of joy by three titles.  The Lord is His eternal title.  O, to know that our joy is from an everlasting origin.  The title ‘Jesus’ is His earthly title.  The name ‘Jesus’ is the sweetest name I know.  To speak this name brings such a flood of joy to our soul.  The title ‘Christ’ is a title of expectation.  It is the title of Messiah, the soon coming King.  What joy it brings to our heart to know our King will Himself one day come and take us to Himself.  I can say with Nehemiah of Old, The Joy Of The Lord Is My Strength.  What a position to be Justified, Reconciled, and At One with our Lord.

 

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