I read this on Justin Taylor’s blog and it to good not to repost.
How do we get peace with God?
Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
What did God do to give us peace?
He justified us.
By what means were we justified?
What did justification give us access to?
What is our relationship now to justifying grace?
We continue to stand in it.
What do we rejoice in?
What do we hope in?
The glory of God.
What else do we rejoice in?
Why would we rejoice in our sufferings?
Because suffering produces endurance.
What does endurance produce?
What does character produce?
How do we know that hope doesn’t put us to shame?
Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.
How did God pour his love into our hearts?
Through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.