Romans 5:1-11 NIV
We have been made right with God because of our faith. Now we have peace with him because of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through faith in Jesus we have received God’s grace. In that grace we stand. We are full of joy because we expect to share in God’s glory. 3 And that’s not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. 4 The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. 5 And hope will never let us down. God has poured his love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us. 6 At just the right time Christ died for ungodly people. He died for us when we had no power of our own. 7 It is unusual for anyone to die for a godly person. Maybe someone would be willing to die for a good person. 8 But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 The blood of Christ has made us right with God. So we are even more sure that Jesus will save us from God’s anger. 10 Once we were God’s enemies. But we have been brought back to him because his Son has died for us. Now that God has brought us back, we are even more secure. We know that we will be saved because Christ lives. 11 And that is not all. We are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of him, God has brought us back to himself.
Key Verse: 2b “We are full of joy because we expect to share in God’s glory”
The Power of God Revealed
Previously we considered the weighty subject of God’s glory and the saint’s participation in His glory in Romans 5:1-5. There are different aspects to God’s glory that could be considered but I have intentionally focused on the saint’s participation and seeing God’s glory. For this study we will continue this theme.
Romans 5:1-8 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God, Our Great Savior!
As I said, previously, we gave some serious thought to how Paul in verse 2 says, “we boast in the hope of the glory of God”. To begin today’s time in God’s Word I want you to see Paul’s train of thought in the first 5 verses.
His primary theme is the believer being justified through faith. And, how out of that justification flows the following blessings:
There is peace with God (through the violence Jesus suffered on the cross for poor and needy sinners they are reconciled to their God and Creator.
- Verse 1. Those who have peace with God through Christ… enjoy a restored relationship with God.
- They are no longer alienated or separated from God because of their sin.
- They are freed from the fear of God’s coming wrath and judgment.
- They now are found pleasing to God and are at peace with God
- Verse 2. Those who have access to God through Messiah Jesus
- They stand in God’s presence
- They stand in the privileges of God’s child and rest in the promises of God.
John 10:7-9 (NIV)
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
Verse 2. There is hope for the glory of God
This is the great promise of God. We shall see His glory: 1 Peter 1:3-9 (NIV)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Thought: All too often our thoughts drag us down. Instead of rejoicing in the glorious hope God has given…
- we moan, we groan, over life’s circumstances
- we lower our eyes from what is promised, even away from this blessed hope we have in Christ, to live a discouraged and defeated life as “belly button gazers”
Verses 3-5. Paul then adds, there is glory in our trials and sufferings
We can’t miss this. Our suffering and trials identify us as disciples of Jesus. Not only that…
sufferings produce perseverance, character and character produces hope
This suffering is primarily what we endure because of our identity in Christ.
This hope is the same hope of the glory of God that we see verse 2
My dear brothers and sisters, that false gospel, the prosperity gospel is a blatant lie. It is rooted in false promises and not the promise of seeing God’s glory to come. James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Verse 5. Finally, there is the continuos experience of God’s love through His indwelling presence, and that through his Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit makes us conscious and aware of God’s love,
He gives us a deep and intimate sense of God’s love and presence
He brings to us God’s care and concern while we endure our pilgrim’s journey. Romans 8:14-17 (NIV)
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Let’s follow Paul as he leads us through verses 6 through 8.
God’s love demonstrated in Jesus (Verses 6 – 8)
It was just at the right time* when God gave us his Son Jesus.
“in the nick of time” : a notched stick used to measure time
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
So, when did Jesus die?
Verse 6. He died just in time!
Verse 6. when we were without strength
Verse 6. when we were ungodly: 2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NIV)
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
For whom did Jesus die?
Verse 6. for the ungodly: Romans 5:18-19 (NIV)
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
How unique is God’s love?
Verse 7. It’s awfully rare that a good person would give their life for a hideous wicked person. Jesus is much more than a simple good person. He is the incarnation of God’s perfect holiness in the flesh.
What did God demonstrate?
Verses 8. his love for us: John 3:14-18 (NIV)
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Again, when did this happen?
Verse 8. while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. John 13:1 NIV
Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
John 15:13 (NIV)
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
God accomplished this great work of the Cross while you and I were still sinners. That’s where he found us.
We had no hope. We were lost.
He did not die for the self-righteous, those who think they do not need saving from their sins.
Jesus came into this world to die for rebellious and ruined man. 1 John 4:9-12 (ESV)
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
As the perfect man He could take all the sins of the world upon himself and die as the perfect sacrifice. As God’s Lamb…
He never broke God’s Law.
He never did anything contrary to his Father’s will.
Messiah Jesus exchanged places with man by becoming sin, their sin. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (ESV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
He came into the world to conquer death. He is risen!
He came into the world to make us acceptable to God.
His resurrected life became our resurrected life. The life of all who believe this Good News. Colossians 3:1-5 (NIV)
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
All this so that we who are but creatures of dust, can see His glory. Romans 8:17 (NIV)
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Closing question: Have you come to Christ?
Mark 10:13-16 (NIV)
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.