Romans 5:1–11 (NKJV)
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:1-5
Paul once again reiterates the path to salvation: grace through faith leads to justification. The access to this salvation is found in this particular path. Paul then further discusses the power of this salvation in the love of God. Disciples of Christ can withstand tribulations, because they lead to perseverance, character, and hope. This salvation so transforms the lives of those who believe that they are never the same.
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.Romans 5:6-11
Paul shifts his discussion to the nearly-irrational nature of Christ’s love for mankind. Almost no one would die for an evil man, and few would die for a righteous man. Therefore, Jesus’ dying for all mankind is a magnificent demonstration of love toward us. He justified us, He saved us from wrath, He reconciled us to God. Jesus paid a price and carried out a work that makes it possible for us to be saved. What a great and mighty Savior! What a wonderful gift! By grace we have been saved. By grace we are kept. By grace we have hope in the life to come. Faith in the grace gift of Christ (v 8) provides the means, the grace in which we stand (v. 2). Thanks be to God!
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