Reflections in Romans 5:2-17

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into his grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:2-5 NIV

By having faith in Jesus Christ, we gain access to his grace, and have peace with God the Father. We gain His mercy, love, and joy by having faith. So it’s an awesome thing to have! We rejoice not only in the good times with God, but also in the bad times. By suffering, we gain strength we never knew we could have. Like when someone cheats on you- you suffer, but through it you become a more independent, smart, careful person. The same principle applies with Christ; a group of people might make fun of you for believing in Christ, and you suffer. But next time people make fun of your faith, you are strong enough to let their comments roll off you like water, and may more adequately be able to stand up for you faith. Suffering makes us stronger, so persevere, and through perseverance we gain a new character, which is the stronger, more patient, more competent us. By having good character, we are able to have hope. God pours his love into us by the Holy Spirit.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 8 NIV

A good parent loves, and leads their children even when they are doing horrible; a good friend helps their friend and leads them when they have gone astray. Jesus is both our Father and our friend, and even when we were full of sin and were helpless, he lead us and helped us. He suffered pain for us, so that we wouldn’t have to suffer and we could be free; this is true love. This shows that it’s not what we do that gets us into heaven, but truly, we only get there because Jesus loved us first, and rescued us. It was his love, not the “good things” we did that gets us into heaven. We just have to have faith in Him and He protects us.

“But this gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgement followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:15-17

God’s gift of Jesus to us is not like the sin of one man. One man, Adam, sinned and caused the death of many. But one man, Christ, has mercy and grace that overflows much more than sin does. One man’s sin causes him to be condemned, but Christ’s grace takes away many sins, not just the one, and frees us from condemnation. He wipes away the sins of many and makes them clean, not just one man. He takes care of many. His grace and love is much bigger and stronger than all our sin, so it is only by faith in Him that we have our sins erased.

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