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In this message, we look at what we have, are shown and regain through Christ from Romans 5:1-11
Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 12
Through Christ – Romans Rom 5:1-11
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Nov. 12th, 2017
- Chapter after chapter, the Holy Spirit through Paul systematically links together key theological truths revealing the glory of the gospel. From the purpose for writing (“to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations” [Rom. 1:5]) to the theme of this letter (“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” [Rom 1:16-17]).
- He then dives into God’s wrath because of our unrighteousness and escalating depravity. He gives us the reasons why God is just in His judgment of both those who have the law of God and those who do not, for all of us fall short of the glory of God.
- Paul tells us about the righteousness of God through the life, death and resurrection of the righteous one Jesus the Christ, who God put forward as a propitiation for our sins. He also tells us that the righteousness of Jesus is given through grace when we put our trust and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
- He lays out that we are justified by faith alone and not by works because we cannot earn salvation, even though works is a “seal” that our faith is genuine. Paul used Abraham and his life recorded in the Old Testament scriptures as the theological example and foundation for being justified by faith. We are all children and heirs of the promise given to Abraham, if we have the faith of Abraham, to believe the promise of God which was fulfilled through “Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our Justification” (Rom. 4:25).
- Next, in the first part of chapter five, Paul expounds what God has given us through Christ, and this is the text we are examining this morning.
What we have through Christ
Rom 5:1-2 ESV
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
- We have justification by faith
- Justified – just if I’d never sinned / declared innocent / making us no longer objects of the wrath of God.
- By faith – confidence or trust in a person or thing / Heb 11:1 NIV Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. / Heb 11:1 NLT Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
- We have peace with God
- Peace – to join / prosperity – He is not a war with us – He is for us and not against us. Jesus is the only way that we have peace with God. If we are in Jesus – we have peace with God
- We have access to grace
- Jesus is the only person that can grant access or admission to the grace of God. (giving us what we don’t deserve) / we have the favor – and not the wrath – of God.
- In which we stand – Jesus opened the door for us to stand in the room of Grace. Grace is the place of our abiding. This is where we are now in our standing with God and the place of our permanent residence.
- We have rejoicing in hope
- Of the anticipation, of the expectation, of the glory of God – where God will be seen in all His Glory, where He will make all things new . . . for all eternity . . . so the anticipation and expectation of this future glory should give us present rejoicing.
- We have rejoicing in sufferings
Rom 5:3-5 ESV
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and 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.
- How can we rejoice in suffering? Because we know good is being produced in us (Ill. of a plant and manure)
- Suffering produces endurance – endurance produces character – character produces hope (this is hope of the glory of God). How do we get more of this hope? Though suffering which causes us to rejoice in the glory of God (not for the suffering but knowing there will be the glory of God)– and hope does not put us to shame – we will not be ashamed that we have this hope, why? Because the ultimate end of our hope is God’s love poured into our hearts though the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
What we are shown through Christ
Rom 5:6-8 ESV
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For 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.
- We are shown the love of God in the death of His son for us.
- Christ died not for His sins, but for ours – he died for us, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21 ESV
- He died for us not because we are a righteous or good, but while we were still sinners, so that we could become righteous and good. He loves us based upon who He is, not who we are. His love for us is based in His love, not in our loveliness . . . this is the love of God. In Christ we are shown the love of God.
What we regain through Christ
Rom 5:9-11 ESV
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For 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.
- We have been justified (declared innocent) and we are saved from the wrath of God. When we say we are “saved,” we are being saved from the wrath of God, not saved from the devil or anything else.
- Reconciled: restored to divine favor. We are back in good standing. Our relationship has been restored and put right. Not only is there forgiveness, but reconciliation and restoration of relationship with God.
- In Christ, we are not just declared innocent of our sin and saved from God’s wrath, but we are put back into favor with God and our relationship with Him is restored!!
- What do we have through Christ? Justification by faith, peace with God, access to grace, and the ability to rejoice in hope and suffering.
- What are we shown through Christ? The love of God for us.
- What do we regain through Christ? Reconciliation with God.
Questions for the week ahead:
- How does knowing what we have in Christ affect you?
- How does hope help us in suffering?