Thursday, May 10, 2007

Walking through Romans pt 8: Romans 5

Walking through Romans pt 8: Romans 5

Romans 5

5:1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:2 through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. 5:3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 5:4 and endurance, character, and character, hope. 5:5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 5:7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 5:9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 5:11 Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.

5:12 So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – 5:13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. 5:14 Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming one) transgressed. 5:15 But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! 5:16 And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. 5:17 For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ!
5:18 Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression, so too through the one righteous act came righteousness leading to life for all people. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man many will be made righteous. 5:20 Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, 5:21 so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Chapter 5 of Romans has to be one of my most favorite chapters in the entire Bible… From it I found a way to walk in Christ. I have written much on this chapter so I may not go into some of my own favorite parts as deeply here as I might wish to. If you desire to read more on this here are a few more links on this passage.

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One of the outward signs of a believers walking in Faith is peace. As we read before it is Faith and faith alone… and that itself a gift from God that we must walk in... This Faith is by Grace as we humbly come to the end of our own works. We found that all men are sinners and equal in the sight of God… in that we all need to be Justified by Christ… and now having had that happen at the Cross we are a peace that enables us in joy.

Yet, there is something so many miss… and that is we also rejoice in suffering.

Rejoice in suffering?

Yep… we can now see past this worlds agony that our suffering is of nothing. Now, in Christ Jesus suffering makes sense and in fact to a true believe is welcomed as a sign God has deemed us worthy of such… worthy that He desires us to grow…

“Suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope.” From this Faith from Grace Hope is given… and to walk in that Hope we must endure suffering to build our character. What a privilege from God to walk in this Hope by the Faith he gives.

Many spend time condemning the “sinners” yet they have not learned or have forgotten that Jesus died at the appointed time for the ungodly… and that was you and me… it is all people. To think that somehow one can come to Christ then condemn other sinners who have yet to come to the end of themselves and fall at the feet of Jesus seems to miss the many parables that taught of one who has been forgiven, then goes out to forgive. One forgiven of a great debt should humbly forgive others of such minor debts in comparison.

We have been reconciled by Jesus at the Cross… it is His works alone that matter to God. In that we can rejoice at this reconciliation that by ourselves could not have ever happened.

Through one man, Adam all have become sinners. Some teach sin is literally passed through the loins of Adam, really as I read and re-read Romans I cannot see this… in fact I see that Adam the first man, sinned… and death entered to all creation not just man. So, to say that sin is passed on from generation to generation by the linage of the “man” does not tell us why all creation is cursed by death also.

In the writings of Irenaeus, he speaks that man can choose good and evil… and by choosing good God is pleased, yet the issue is not that man is totally depraved, but that man being a moral agent cannot sustain his morality… He at sometime will slip from morality to immorality… in that God not being in the equation man will strive by his works to discipline himself to build character only God Himself can build in a man.

Adam was not “perfect”… if he had been he would not have eaten the forbidden fruit. For perfection is to be absolute… not partial… and Adam we do see has eaten and we being mankind does die.

I see if Adam had not eaten and continued to walk with God in the Garden and learn and grow, he may as Jesus was been made perfect (Hebrews 5). Yet, Adam being imperfect chose to eat of the fruit leaving all creation in a very sad state.

Jesus was that second Adam… though He Himself was born of the Spirit. Jesus was able to overcome the tragic doings of the first Adam and in that reconciled all creation to Himself…

“For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification.”

Jesus was this Gift… this Gift of Grace that God gives. We depend on Jesus and we find that we now do not strive in our own obedience but rest totally in Christ Jesus’ obedience. “For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man many will be made righteous.”

We are made righteous by the obedience of the “one man” who is Jesus Christ.

Paul writes that the Law was given so that transgressions would increase… that to heap more coals on mankind so that we can see our error and in desperation turn to God… in that as sin gives way to death from transgression, even more so Grace should reign now through Jesus Christ.