I want to do another short study, or better yet, a challenge from my thoughts on Romans. I began this series a while ago then took a break from blogging for awhile and never actually finished the series. Now I would like to continue, and rather than looking at the entire chapter I’m just going to do a few verses at a time.
If you weren’t around here when I began this series, just click here if you want to read the others first.
Let’s dig in!
(Read these verses first)
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. 3 Not only that, but 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. -Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)
Verse #1 We Have Peace With God
In the first verse, it says that since we’re justified by faith we have peace with God. If you’re a Christian, and your faith is in Christ, you are justified. Your sin has been paid for. Jesus died on the cross so that you could have peace with God.
Without Christ, we’d still be enemies with God and we would be rebels. But because of Jesus, and because of our faith in Him, we can have peace with God, we can have a personal, real, and intimate relationship with God.
We’re no longer slaves to sin, rather we’re justified by faith through God’s grace and our sin is paid for! We’re at peace with God and we can call Him our Father.
Verse #2 Rejoice in Hope
Through Jesus’ death on the cross, we have obtained access by faith into this grace. See, it’s not just our faith that saves us, it’s really not even anything of our own doing. It’s all God’s grace! It’s all because of His love and mercy that we can be at peace will him. It’s all because of His love and mercy that we can rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Verses #3 & 4 Suffering Produces Hope
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope
This verse is often overlooked by Christians, it’s sometimes just seen as an encouraging “You’re such an awesome person!” kind of verse. Or as, “Man up, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope.
The thing is, neither of those cases is true. If you look closely, you’ll see that you can rejoice in your suffering because it’s ultimately giving you hope. God gives us trials, not because He wants us to fall apart. Rather, to remind us of the hope we have in Him.
God wants us to trust Him through the trials. He wants us to endure in faith so we can experience hope.
Verse #5 God Pours His Love Into Us
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
I love the way this verse describes how God loves us, He’s poured it into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. And really, if you think about it. It’s truly amazing.
We are all rebellious sinners.
But God loves us.
He pours His love into us through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We have no reasons to be ashamed of this. Rather, we have every reason to rejoice and to praise our Father for everything He’s done for us!
Especially because of His love and mercy and grace.