Last week I started doing the Romans Bible Study again after taking a break from it for awhile. If you have missed any of the other posts in this series, that’s completely fine and anyone is welcome to jump in at any time.
Note, this isn’t a super in-depth commentary or deep study on Romans. Rather, it’s simply just a collection of my thoughts on the book which I hope will challenge and encourage believers as they do me.
I hope my writing is encouraging to you and is helpful for your growth in Christ. If you ever have any other thoughts or questions that you would like to share with me, please comment on this post. I would love to hear from you!
This week we’ll be picking up in chapter 5 where we looked at verses 1-5. This week we’ll be looking at verses 6-11.
Let’s get started.
Verse 6: While we were still weak, Christ died for us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. -Romans 5:6 (ESV)
This is such an amazing picture of God’s love. God’s love isn’t conditional, it’s not like He waits for us to love Him before He chooses to love us.
God doesn’t wait until we’ve gotten our act together to show His love for us. He doesn’t wait until we’ve “cleaned ourselves up” a little before He loves us.
No, in fact, there’s nothing at all that’s really “lovable” about us. There’s nothing, nothing, nothing we’ve done to get God’s love.
The verse is clear and Paul means what he says, “While we were still weak, Christ died for the ungodly”.
Wow. If this doesn’t bring you to your knees in praise and thankfulness toward God, I’m not sure what will. God’s unconditional love for us is very evident just in the fact that He died for us. Let’s look at the next verse. We’ll look more closely at this near the end of this post.
Verse 7: You’re probably not willing to give your life for your friends.
7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
I love this picture given to us in verse 7. Paul writes an example for us, and it’s so true. Think about it for a moment.
Try and think of the best person you know, the nicest, kindest, most generous, loving, and lovable person. Think of the person who most deserves your love. You would think of this person as someone who is the best of the best, they never do anything wrong.
Would you die for them?
You’re probably like me, and your answer is, “No way! Are you crazy?! Sure, this person is nice and all, but you want me to die for them? Not gonna happen.”
Now, I want to think of a good-ish person, someone who isn’t the nicest person, but who is pretty close. They’re generous sometimes, they’re pretty selfless, they’re lovable and easy to love. You would consider this person to be “good”. Probably one of your best friends, or someone who you really look up to.
Would you die for them?
And, your answer, like mine, is probably something like, “I wouldn’t die for them! What?! No way! I wouldn’t die for that other person who is basically perfect, what makes you think I would die for this dude?”
Okay, imagine someone who is always messing things up. They make so many mistakes. They know better, they know what they’re supposed to do, yet they always do things wrong.
They turn their backs on you and choose, rather than to serve you, to serve themselves and go their own direction.
They say they love you and they call you their friend but they rarely ever do what you ask of them, they’re self-serving and insistent on their own way.
And you know what I’m going to ask you.
Would you die for them?
And by now, you know your answer is definitive and there’s no way you would ever die for them, you dislike this person very much and this person is the last person you would die for.
Well, would if I told you that this third person is you.
This person is me.
We are all like this third person in God’s eyes.
God has things he requires of us and things He desires for us–and we know them–but we never or rarely do them. We’re rebellious sinners against God.
Verses 8-11: The really really really good news.
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9 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. -Romans 5:8-11 (ESV)
This is my favorite part of this passage. Despite our sin and despite the fact that we were enemies of God, He still loves us and chose to die for us.
We don’t deserve it, we’re not perfect in any way. We’re not even good people in God’s eyes. We’re wicked, but God chooses to love us and to pay for our sins.
If we turn to God in faith, He will save us from our sins.
And for those of you who have trusted in Christ and have been saved, rejoice.
Rejoice and live a changed life. Never forget the wonderful love of God and never forget how He chose to love you, even when you were an enemy of His.
Like I mentioned at the beginning if this doesn’t knock you to your knees with a thankful heart for God, if this truth doesn’t overwhelm you, then I doubt anything will.
I am so overwhelmed by God’s love and I am so thankful for His choosing to love me, and die for me. Even when I was rebellious against.
So, guys, I hope you live changed lives because of this. I hope God’s love for amazes you. I hope it draws you closer to Him.
Because of God’s love for you, you can rejoice. I challenge you to pray right now, as you’re once again, or maybe for the first time, overwhelmed by God’s grace, to thank Him and to praise Him, to live a changed life, and to love others selflessly as God has loved you.
Because we truly are unworthy and this truly is amazing and overwhelming love.
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