Romans 5. Forum Discussion

Chapter 5 can be broken down into four parts:

  1. Our faith in Jesus allows us to be at peace with God.  This is incredibly important for us to understand. We know that sin separates us from God and that we are all sinners (Isaiah 59:2 and Romans 3:23). It is only through the redemptive blood of Jesus that we can be at peace with our Heavenly Father. Paul tells us that our sins are no match for the grace that we have through Jesus. Romans 5:20, “But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” Quite simply, Jesus’ grace is bigger than our sins. That is so good for us to hear and to understand.

  2. We are to exult in our tribulations.  Is Paul saying that we should rejoice and be happy during times of trouble and affliction? Yes, he is. God uses our tribulations to draw us near to Him and to teach us. Paul writes in Romans 5:3-5: “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  There is an old saying, “A smooth sea does not a sailor make.” It is only through adversity that we develop the endurance needed to sustain us through life’s hardships. We can take comfort that God will not allow us to endure more than we are able to handle. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. ”  Together, with God’s help, we will successfully navigate through life’s challenges and we will see for ourselves the character that God has developed within us. This proven character gives us great hope! Paul writes, “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” We can put our hope in a lot of things, but hope in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, is the only hope that will not disappoint.
  3. Jesus saved us from the wrath of God.  Romans 6:23 tells us that, “The wages of sin is death.” But that’s just half of the story. Sure, if we were by ourselves, our sins would be enough to condemn us. But we are not alone. We have a Savior that loves us and took our punishment on the cross at Calvary. The second half of Romans 6:23 says, “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we reflect on the gift of eternal life, there is no other gift that we can compare it to. And yet this gift, the most substantial gift ever given, is offered for free to those that will accept it.
  4. Jesus has the power to forgive all of us.  Paul writes, “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.  For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.  The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 5:18-21.

The Gospel is the “Good News” of Jesus. Meditating on these four points from Romans 5 helps us see how amazing He truly is! Amen

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Romans 6 and how we are set free from our sins through God’s amazing grace. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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This post really made me think.

I’ve been focusing hard on trying to be obedient (works). This forum wakes me up to the knowledge that my belief in Jesus, and in His grace are what save me.

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