In a certain correspondence with philosopher Bertrand Russell, author Joseph Conrad lamented the following: “I have never been able to find in any man’s book or in any man’s talk anything convincing enough to stand up for a moment against my defeated sense of fatality governing this man-inhabited world…The only remedy for Chinamen [referring to the problems in China] and for the rest of us is the change of hearts. Tribulation not only develops our character, it also reminds us of God’s character, bringing assurance that our hope will neither disappoint nor will it fail (verses 5-8). A. The “now,” not found in verse 1 but added in verse 9, furthers this same argument. “Now I know I am a Christian,” he said, with great joy. Previously, Paul has spoken of that boasting of men in their own achievements, which is improper (see 2:23; 3:27; 4:2). For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. As we reflect on God’s great act of love—our justification—our hope grows greater. 5. (3) The benefit of the jubilant hope of a glorious conclusion (verse 2b). If someone asked, âHow do you know when you are a Christian?â from our discussion, how would we answer him or her? Christian hope is that blessed assurance which no unbeliever can experience. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically, Bible Teaching Ideas: The Ten Commandments And Ten Fingers, Exulting in our hope of the glory of God (verses 1-3), Exulting in our tribulations (verses 4-10), Exulting in God, through Jesus Christ (verse 11), Benefits of justification by faith (verses 1-8), More benefits of justification (verses 9-11). Verses 1-11 sound somewhat like one of those $19.95 television commercials which begin by promoting such items as a salad machine. We are taken out of the arena of our performance and placed in the arena of divine grace. (Erdmans p. 70) The person who trusts in … Our hope rests in Him and in His work—and thus our hope is certain and secure. Commentary on Romans 5:12-14 (Read Romans 5:12-14) The design of what follows is plain. A well-known Christian teacher has urged people to “drive a stake” by a commitment of faith. Letâs contrast how others think with the Bibleâs view. 8. The last words of our passage tell us that because of our justification by faith, we “exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:11). Why? Faith, so important to our salvation and Christian life, is nevertheless set aside as a dominant theme in chapters 5-8. The Life Core: Discovering the Heart of Great Training. It is that reward offered to the righteous (2:5-10) to which all men, due to sin, have fallen short (3:23). The work of Christ, and its benefits, is Paul’s emphasis. Verse 1 began, “Therefore having been justified by faith …” Verse 9 reads a little differently: “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Let us carefully note the changes which can be briefly summarized. “Peace with God” is very different from the “peace of God” (see Philippians 4:7). The gospel of Jesus Christ promises men the forgiveness of their sins and the certainty of a relationship with God that will last through all eternity. So it is with justification: the atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ purchases not only our salvation but every spiritual blessing, both now and in the future. God’s righteousness is revealed in His righteous judgment of sin. Title: Romans: Life Application Bible Commentary Format: Paperback Vendor: Tyndale House Publication Date: 1993 Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 X .75 (inches) Weight: 12 ounces ISBN: 0842328904 ISBN-13: 9780842328906 Series: Life Application Bible Commentary Stock No: WW28922 Our hope is specifically backed by the love of God. Who would ever have thought of this? These answers will not be found in the text as the general questions. And this same love assures us of the hope we have in God’s future promises being fulfilled. I fear this is so. Scripture: Romans 5:20–21. Now, in these first 11 verses of Romans 5, Paul begins to expound some of the many benefits which accompany our salvation and which flow from our justification by faith. Some interesting changes do occur, however. In a previous lesson, I urged Christians to consider their origin, their beginnings. We have been reconciled to God. This peace, as well as access to grace, has come through Jesus Christ (verse 2). What do you like about those 3 words? Paul does not speak of the present circumstances of the Christian as many religious hucksters do—of peace and prosperity, of health and wealth. They are meant to encourage one to dig deeper into the point of the passage. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong (1 Peter 3:14-17). Unlike the misguided and deceiving “good-life gospelizers,” Paul does not sell hope by promising peace and prosperity—a beef steak on every plate and two Mercedes in every garage (beside the pool). Paul himself evidences this peace as he writes Philippians. And the reason it does not, and cannot, fail is that it rests on the character of God Himself. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence, and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. Introduction to Romans 5-8. Now as we come to chapter 5, justification is viewed from an even broader perspective. 4:4-7), 3. (2) Our text teaches that Christ’s work is not only the basis for all our spiritual blessings but also assurance of the certainty and security of all these blessings. What donât you like about them? What do your friends think about this? If God did so much for us then, out of love, how much more will He do for us now? What is the result of this type of proven character? ὁ νῦν καιρὸς is the present regarded not merely as a date, but as in some sense a crisis. Perhaps, though, one might be willing to die for a “good” man.131 But our Lord died for the unrighteous and the no-good. Just as through one man sin entered the world: The Apostle Paul regarded Genesis 3 as totally, historically true. (C) Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1988 That which God did for us, out of His love, was at the cost of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. There is no “iffyness” about our standing in grace. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). 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. That paradise lost by man’s sin, of which we had no human hope, is now a certainty for the one who has been justified by faith. These are the truths we should be proclaiming to lost men. Have you accepted the salvation God has made available in Christ and been justified by faith in Him? Doesnât man have peace with God anyway? 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 4. All of this has been accomplished through the cross of Calvary. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. 128 The term rendered “exult” here is most often rendered “boast” elsewhere. If God demonstrates His love for us while we were yet sinners, surely God’s love for us will be even more evident as His children, by faith. In Christ, God has chosen to save the world and to bless believers. 1. Paul speaks here not only of the hope of future blessing, in heaven, but the hope which the Christian finds in the very midst of trials and tribulations. In many ways, verses 9-11 simply continue the theme of the benefits of justification. Why by faith only (relate to former section). As we see God’s provisions for the present sustaining us, even in the most difficult circumstances, we become confident that God will surely sustain us to the end. Why, in our efforts to evangelize the lost, do we emphasize the fringe benefits of justification by faith, rather than justification itself? How come this hope mentioned will not disappoint us? Hype sustains for a moment, but it fails with time and scrutiny. Why is helpless a good description of our days before we knew Christ? For the believer, the work of our Lord Jesus Christ is the well from which are drawn all of the blessings of God. The NASB text is used because it is more literal. Romans 5:16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. Besides salvation, what else does Paul and his companions exult in (Romans 5:3)? 126 The emphasis is now on all Christians, as a whole, and not on Jews and Gentiles. (1) The benefit of peace with God (verse 1). While thinking about how the car might be repaired, I rested my foot on the front bumper. For the Christian living in this world so filled with despair, this message of hope is sweet indeed. Will you not accept the righteousness God has provided in Christ and be justified “by His blood,” saved from the wrath of God through Him? Sometimes there is both a basic and advanced set of Bible Studies. All of the blessings and benefits Paul describes here are those which accompany, and which are a result, of our justification by faith. God’s anger was appeased in Christ, and thus God is able to save and to bless everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and who receives His salvation by faith. Paul begins Romans by showing the fallen condition of mankind and the righteousness of God in revealing His wrath toward sin. Now, Paul speaks of that boasting (exulting or rejoicing) in God, which is not only proper, but necessary (5:2, 3, 11). The Law and Sin. What does the âby faithâ mean (Romans 5:1)? Proven character, in turn, produces “hope.” Seeing that we can endure, and that our character has been strengthened in the process of facing life’s trials, we become more and more certain of the future. The BFF New Testament Bible Digital Library has all the Roman study and advanced study questions (as above) plus all of BFF's Bible resources. Application: But for you, you who are believers, you are free from that judgment. How God’s ways surpass our own! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21). Probably most of us have bought something, convinced of its great value, only to discover with time and observation that it was not all we expected it to be. The second proof is given in verses 5-8 as Paul writes of that which God has done within us, through His Holy Spirit, based upon our justification. That for which we hope in God is even better than we could ever think, imagine, or ask: but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM” (1 Corinthians 2:9). 2. Who does the âusâ or âweâ as described in these three verses (6,8,10)? Verse 1. While thinking about how the car might be repaired, I rested my foot on the fron… Some people say they would believe if they first saw some miracles. Necessary? As our faith endures through life’s tribulations, we become more and more hopeful of that which God has promised to do in the future. May you do so today. (3) Christian hope, in the Lord, is not only demonstrated by our endurance in the midst of tribulation, but tribulation actually strengthens our hope. For those who love God and who desire to explore the riches of His grace, Romans 5:1-11 is a gold mine of Biblical truth. There is a vast difference between the “hype” of our world and the “hope” of the gospel. Justification by faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ brings about even greater blessings described in verses 9-11. What are some things man does so God will be at peace with him? For men, this would be a selfish goal. The former seeks to avoid God’s presence; the latter seeks to draw near to Him, in adoration, love, and praise. The death of Christ was an event in time and history with great benefits for the believer. Both Jews and Gentiles have failed to produce the righteousness God has required, and thus all are under the sentence of divine condemnation (Romans 1:18-3:20). Justification by faith is a glorious beginning, but this same justification by faith is also the basis for our confidence in a glorious conclusion. Paul’s words in these verses offer some of the most comforting words a Christian will ever hear. Nothing was going right. λεῖμμα γέγονεν: a remnant has come to be—this is the fact which has emerged from the general unbelief of Israel. Think of another situation where we might use the word helpless. It enables God to bless men who were worthy of death and who deserve His wrath. These questions will encourage one to ask, "What does the passage actually say?". Certainly not! But God commendeth his love towards us That is, he hath manifested it, which was before hid in his heart; he has given clear evidence of it, a full proof and demonstration of it; he has so confirmed it by this instance, that there is no room nor reason to doubt of it; he has illustrated and set it off with the greater lustre by this circumstance of it, But God gives us the tribulations of life to produce endurance and hope in us. Romans 5:1-5 - A Joyful Hope This set of Bible Study questions accompany the audio recording for Sunday worship, April 19, 2020. A whole new world commences as a man is justified by faith, and as time passes, more and more of God’s plans and promises are unveiled before the wondering eyes of the believer. Many Christians want God to prosper them, to give them hope. United with Christ, Free from Sin's Slavery (6:1-11). But it is true. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body the fulness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:18-23). "putteth not to shame"-it does not deceive, it does not mock us, it is not disappointed. It seems that no matter how hard I try to be objective, I see any car as better than it really is, especially a pretty one I would really like to have. 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