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(1) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 5: x–x (ESV) “Justification through Christ = Peace with God ”
1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoiced in hope of the glory of God. 3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and 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.
6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
a 1 Some manuscripts let us
b 2 Some manuscripts omit by faith
c 2 Or let us; also verse 3
d 2 Or boast; also verses 3, 11
e 12 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women; also twice in verse 18
f 1 18 Or the trespass of one
g 18 Or the act of righteousness of one in whom Your grace can work to make us the kind of people whom You can use to fulfill Your law and Great Commission for Your glory!
Outline of The Book of Romans …Romans Is Written to Believers to teach them comprehensively what salvation encompasses.
Is Written to Believers to teach them comprehensively what salvation encompasses.
Roman 1:7 7To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is a model by J. Vernon. McGee:
- Rom 1:1-17 Salutation
- Rom 1:18—3:20 Sin
- Rom 3:21—5:11 Survey of Salvation
- Rom 5:12—6:23 Sanctification
- Rom 7 Struggle with Sin
- Rom 8:1-27 Spirit-filled living
- Rom 8:28-39 Security In Christ
- Rom 9—11 Segregation of Israel
- Rom 12, 13 Sacrifice & Service
- Rom 14, 15 Separation from the World
- Rom 16 Salutation 26 People Specifically Mentioned
CHUCK MISSLER & EW
- Rom 1:1-17 Pagan Predicament
- Rom 1:18—3:20 Moral Predicament
- Rom 3:21—5:11 Religious Predicament
- Rom 5:12—6:23 Sanctification = Discipleship
- Rom 7 The Believers Challenge with Sin
- Rom 8:1-27 Spirit-filled living
- Rom 8:28-39 Security In Christ
- Rom 9—11 Israel Past, Present & Future Dispensations
- Rom 12, 13 Yield Not God’s To Ceasar
- Rom 14, 15 Tolerate Preferences
- Rom 16 Salutation of the 26 People Specifically Mentioned Peter is not one of them. No Biblical nor historical evidence that Peter was a pastor and Pope of Rome
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(7) Message map: Rom. 5: 1 – 21
- Justification Through Christ = Peace with God
- through Christ we access what empowers Us to stand In God’s Salvation
- Our Amazing relationship with god is developed Through Discipleship
- we will not be shamed by what we hope for
- Grace reigns in Us through Christ’s righteousness that reconciles & Rescues us from wrath
- Discipleship is submitting to The Holy Spirit who Empowers Us To Contend for the faith that provides God’s peace in us.
Today’s focus Statement: The challenge of Discipleship in Christ is to grow to cope with the internal pressure we feel when confronted with or exposed to external tribulation, especially that which makes us feel there is no way of escape.
(8) Justification through Christ = Peace with God
Rom 5:12-17 … 1Therefore, since we have been Justified (made righteous, acquitted and adjudicated as innocent) by faith, (being persuaded by divine conviction that what God says in the Bible is perfect and true) we have peace (a sense of well-being) with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 5: 2 …2Through him [Christ] we have also obtained access (are able to approach, gain admission, have a direct and intimate (private) audience in an interactive access with God) by faith into this g–r–a–c–e (favor from Christ freely extending Himself for us to enjoy God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense) in which we stand, (set up, established, set in balance, ready, firm, steadfast.) and we rejoice (living with “head up high in a God-given confidence that He has our best interests at heart, so we are “boasting or glorying in God from a particular vantage point of having the right base of operation to deal successfully with a matter) in hope (expectation, trust, confidence, to anticipate, welcome”) – properly, expectation of what is sure (certain)) of the glory of God.
Faith is the key that accesses and opens the door to God’s grace.
God has chosen to obligate Himself in His “law of faith” – meaning the rules and principles to which God has bound Himself in the system of belief know as “Gospel Truth.”
(9) Disciples Demonstrate Enduring Hope
The challenge of Discipleship in Christ is to grow to cope with the internal pressure we feel when confronted with or exposed to external tribulation, especially that which makes us feel there is no way of escape.
Rom 5: 3 -5 3Not only that, but we rejoice (glory (exult) proudly) in our sufferings‘ (persecutions, afflictions, distresses, tribulations that result from pressure from what constricts us into a narrowed way to “hem us in,” where there is “no way of escape”. It especially refers to the internal pressure that causes us to feel confined, restricted, “without options.”
In other words, “When our backs are against the wall, do we rejoice in the hope we have in Christ?”)
Certain suffering/hardship is attendant with God’s call in our lives.
As contrasted with temptation in 1 Cor 10:13 which says, 13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Rom 5: 3 -5 continued … God encourages us to do this “3knowing that suffering produces endurance (perseverance, steadfastness, patience — especially as God enables the believer to “remain (endure) under” the challenges He allots in life. The characteristic of a man who is unswerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and devotion to God by even the greatest trials and sufferings 🙂
4and produces character, (a tried and approved disposition, a trial proof stance; genuineness of commitment and trustiness or trustworthiness that has been approved through testing) and character produces hope, (an expectant trust and confidence in what is sure (certain),
“Paul… was speaking here of his own experience. As a man who endured, perhaps, as much as anyone ever did, in attempting to spread the gospel; and far more than commonly falls to the lot of mankind. Yet he, like all other Christians, could leave his deliberate testimony to the fact that his relationship with God through Christ was soul sustaining through the harshest and severest trials (2 Cor. 1:3-7; 11:24-29; & 12:9-10).
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
2Co 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 11:24-29
24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?
2Co 11:30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
2Co 11:31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
2Co 11:32 At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me,
2Co 11:33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands.
2 Cor. 12: 7-10 —7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
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Benson notes of endurance that produces character or experience that … The original expression, δοκιμη, rendered experience, signifies being approved on trial. Before we are brought into tribulation, knowing God’s power, we may believe he can deliver; and knowing his love and faithfulness to his word, we may believe he will deliver: but after we have been actually brought into tribulation, and have been supported under it, and delivered out of it, we can say, from experience, he hath delivered; and are thus encouraged to trust in him in time to come.
Dan 3:12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.
Dan 3:13-14 13Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
17If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 19Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated.
”Thus Shadrach and his companions, before they were cast into the furnace, could say in Daniel 3:17 to Nebuchadnezzar, Our God: whom we serve, is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and they could also add, He will deliver us. But after they had been cast into the furnace, and their faith in, and obedience to, their God had been put to that fiery trial, their patience wrought experience; and they could say, from experience, He hath delivered us, as was acknowledged by the haughty monarch himself, saying, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, &c., who hath delivered his servants that trusted in him. And experience, hope —
Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. Our faith is summarized in Rom 3: 20-21 20Now the grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign (exercise dominion over our lives) through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus… Click To Tweet
(10) We will not be shamed by what we hope for
5and [hope] does not put us to shame, (disappoint, utterly confuse, frustrate, dishonor, disgrace, cause us to suffer a repulse, because we are deceived in what we hope for).
The phrase because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,” indicates …
God’s love (agape – benevolence, good will, esteem; which is centered in God moral preference — meaning God loves us with the purest of moral love.) has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,
Note: Shame is contrasted with love. God’s love is the reason we shall not be shamed.
(11) Grace reigns in Us through Christ’s righteousness that Rescues the Weak from Wrath
Rom 5: 6 & 9 Christ shed His blood to justify weak sinners
6For while we were still weak, (powerless to save and liberate ourselves from sin) at the right time (fitting and opportune season) Christ died for the ungodly. (Those of us who lacked proper reverence & respect due God).
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, (depraved, detestable, without merit, and falling short of what God approves) Christ died for us.
9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, (the atoning sacrifice for sin, Heb 9:22) much more shall we be saved (healed and rescued from the death of sin.) by him from the wrath (anger, punishment, vengeance) of God.
(12) Grace reigns in Us through Christ’s righteousness that Reconciles Us To God
Rom 5: 10-11 Christ shed His blood to reconcile enemies.
10For if while we were enemies (hostile opponents) we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are
reconciled, (brought into a right relationships) shall we be saved by his life.
11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
We now have a ministry to help others be reconciled into a right relationship with God (2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation)
(13) God’s imputed righteousness verifies our redemption & Rescue from wrath
Here’s what it means to be redeemed from God’s wrath:
Rom 5: 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood how much more shall we be saved by him from the death of God.
- Chris’s Cross redeems us from the penalty of sin
- The Holy Spirit disciples to release us from the power of sin.
- In Heaven we will be relieved from the presence of sin.
Revelation 6:16 people call out to be delivered, “from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the lamb, (the innocent Christ who suffered and died to atone by appeasing God’s wrath for sin.)
Lamb = Christ, innocently suffering and dying to expiate the sins of men, very often in Revelation, as Revelation 5:6, 8, 12, etc. (Jeremiah 11:19; Jeremiah 27:45 (); Psalm 113:4, 6 (); Josephus, Antiquities 3, 8, 10.)
John 5:22 For the Father … has given all judgement (divine “negative” verdict which condemns) to the Son.
Based upon the above we can conclude:
- God’s wrath against sin was poured out on Christ on the Cross — Y/N
- Christ bore God’s wrath as the once-and-for-all payment for sin — Y/N
- God is just to honor the sacrifice Christ made on the Cross — Y/N
Outcomes of Death through Sin include …
- Rom 5: 12 & 17…death spread to all men because all sinned
- Rom 5: 14 & 17 death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam,
- Rom 5: 15 …many died through one man’s trespass
- Rom 5: 16… For the judgment follow[ed] one trespass brought condemnation; 18 led to condemnation, and 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners,
Outcomes of the free gift of grace include … …
- Rom 5: 15 … the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
- Rom 5: 16 … the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.
- Rom 5: 17much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
- Rom 5: 18… so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 …so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
(16) Discipleship is Submitting To The Holy Spirit Who Motivates Us to contend for the faith that Provides God’s peace
Our faith is summarized in Rom 3: 20-21 20Now the grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign (exercise dominion over our lives) through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jude 3 says, “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend (commit to obtain, defend and preserve with earnest effort) for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
This faith says Wesley consists of “All the fundamental truths. Once delivered – By God, to remain unvaried forever.”
To Contend means to focus on and use earnest efforts with skill and commitment to obtain, defend and preserve, which includes opposing whatever is not consistent with whatever does not line up with Scripture. And oppose whatever is not consistent with nor of faith. (The church too often adopts rather than opposes whatever does not line up with Scripture.)
Thus we indeed will stand established, ready, firm, and be steadfast iii the right base of operation to rejoice in hope that spurs us to live with our “heads held high in a God-given expectant confidence that He has our best interests at heart to deal successfully with each matter unfolding before us!
(17) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ!
God we trust You to work Your will in our lives, to make us the kind of people whom You can disciple to rejoice through every circumstance you allow into our lives, which we believe is For Your glory, and our edification!