Romans Chapter 5
Romans 5: 6-11
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.
8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.
10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.
11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Paul strengthens our certainty in God’s commitment to this plan of redemption through an examination of the circumstances from God’s perspective. Many times we look up from our sorry, sinful state and we assume God will expect us to do something in order to rectify our situation. Meanwhile, God looks down on men and recognizing the impossibility of men ever correcting their situation, He decides He must do something.
Seeing this problem from God’s perspective will give us even more reason to trust that God will see the plan through on our behalf. Paul first describes men from God’s perspective:
1. We were helpless ~ verse 6
2. And we ungodly ~ verse 6
3. We were sinners ~ verse 8
4. We were enemies ~ verse 10
We were all these things from God’s perspective.
But even while we stood on that unrepentant state, God took action at the right time. When the appointed time arrived, Christ came, God’s plan had appointed that day from the beginning, and when it arrived, everything fell into place. It didn’t happen because we had earned it. It didn’t happen because enough good people had been identified. Christ came when He came simply because this was God’s appointed time. So, God’s plan began based on His will and not because we initiated it or prompted it, except by our sin, nor did we even ask for it.
God took it upon Himself to die in order to correct our sin problem. Consider that for a moment. As Paul says, you might expect someone to die for the sake of someone truly deserving, someone good . . .maybe. But God showed His unconditional love for His children even in the fact that He was subjecting Himself to death – the sentence for sin – though he had no sin Himself. And He did this while we were still sinners. In other word, we still had done nothing to deserve such a selfless act.
Paul says in verse 9, much more than we can expect Him to save us from His wrath in the day to come. If God was willing to send His Son while men were ignorantly living in sin and without seeking for God. If God was willing to suffer through a torturous death on behalf of enemies who were in agreement with His death. Then now that we have received that payment for sin and have been justified . . . isn’t it all the more likely that God will see the plan through on our behalf and rescue us from His wrath? These are the final two benefits of our faith: we are no longer subject to God’s wrath, and we have a present reconciliation with God.
You can’t accept that God was willing to so all the work of justification and then worry that everything might fall apart while you wait for glory simply because you didn’t so the right things, or because you make mistakes, or because you have doubts or even periods where you turn your back on God in various ways. Paul says of course He will, having done the harder things already, God will certainly do the easier things as well. And not only this, but in the meantime Paul says in verse 8 that we exult, boast, take pride in our relationship with God through Christ. We are living out the blessing of our new life even now.
So question one is addressed – assuredly we have peace with God.
Question 2 was how can the process of justification by faith actually work simply on the basis of the life and death of one man?