“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” Romans 5:8
As in all of our bible studies, if you haven’t yet, read Romans 5.
The first section of Romans 5 has a lot going on in it. I just recently purchased a Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) – Journaling edition, and I can’t tell you enough how much I love it! I have been highlighting things that stand out to me, and by doing so, noticed that the whole Trinity is in this section. I highlight purple (royalty) for “God”, red (blood) for “Jesus”, and blue (water of baptism) for “Holy Spirit,” and look at that! All three right there in Romans 5!
Romans 5:1-5 (HCSB) reads,
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
So let’s take a closer look:
What happened? We have been declared righteous by faith. Through our faith in God, we are able to be seen as righteous, and therefore able to be in the presence of God.
Therefore, we get. . . peace with God.
What happened? We’ve obtained access (to the righteous-granting grace of God, through Jesus Christ)
Therefore, we . . . rejoice in the hope of the glory of God!
What happened? We rejoice in our afflictions.
Therefore, our . . . affliction produces endurance.
What happened? Our endurance produces character, and our character produces hope.
Therefore . . . (Verse 5) this hope will not disappoint us
Why? “Because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”
Those Declared Righteous Are Reconciled
Verses 6-11 (HCSB):
For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person–though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.
Where we were: helpless, ungodly, sinners, deserving wrath, enemies of God
Where we are now: righteous, saved from wrath, reconciled to God, saved by His (Jesus) life, rejoicing in God, reconciled.
Death Through Adam and Life Through Christ
In the final verses of Romans 5, we read again that all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). It is only through Jesus that we are reconciled to God and able to come into His presence and have a seat at His table. It is only through the death and sacrifice of Jesus that we are made righteous or are even worth saving (or worth anything for that matter!)
Before Adam fell to sin in the garden of Eden, blatantly breaking the only law that God had given him, he was made perfect, in the image of God. But then Adam sinned, bringing on a curse to all men and women after him. It was through this one sin, by one man and woman, that all sin entered the world. But Jesus (PRAISE GOD!) came to redeem us of that sin, and make us right again with God. This quest for restoration continued through the perfect man of God, the perfect Jesus, who was the only one capable of reconciling us to God.
Now we are no longer helpless, ungodly, sinner – enemies, deserving not only death but the holy wrath of our Glorious God . . . Now we are redeemed!
So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone.
Romans 5:18 (HCSB)
Have you been reconciled to God? Have you been forgiven, redeemed, and welcomed into the Holy Family of Jesus Christ?
We aren’t promised tomorrow. . . but we are given the opportunity to accept Jesus into our lives TODAY.
You are loved of God so much more than you could know.
Please don’t live another moment without being sure that Jesus is in your heart and has saved your soul.