Saturday, October 03, 2009

Romans 5:6-11
"We Rejoice in God"

[The index for the series is here.]

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The text:

(NET) Romans 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.)7 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous8 by his blood,9 we will be saved through him from God’s wrath.10 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? 11 Not11 only this, but we also rejoice12 in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.

7 sn Verse 7 forms something of a parenthetical comment in Paul’s argument.

8 tn Grk “having now been declared righteous.” The participle δικαιωθέντες (dikaiōthentes) has been translated as a causal adverbial participle.

9tn Or, according to BDF §219.3, “at the price of his blood.”
10 tn Grk “the wrath,” referring to God’s wrath as v. 10 shows
11tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
12 tn Or “exult, boast.”

Biblical Studies Press. (2006; 2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.

Sermon Notes: Carl Palmer goes back and reviews 5:1-5 to see the amazing results of being justified by faith:

  1. We have peace with God. (5:1)
  2. We have gained access by faith. (5:2)
  3. We now stand in grace. (5:2)
  4. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (5:2)
  5. We rejoice in sufferings (5:3)
  6. We experience God’s love being poured out into our hearts by the (indwelling) presence of the Holy Spirit. (5:5); and then continues into this week's passage:
  7. We have confidence God has done all to bring us into a secure relationship with Him.
The point of all this:

The essence of real Christianity and the truest form of worship is to
“rejoice in God”
We should be the most joyful and hopeful of people

Going Deeper into the Word:

  1. What are the reasons we find it so difficult to “rejoice in our sufferings”?
  2. Do you know that God has “poured out His love” into your heart “by the Holy Spirit”? How do we know this?
  3. What hinders the development of “character” and greater “hope” in us?
  4. How do you understand and explain “reconciliation”? (5:10‐11)
  5. What does it mean to be “saved through His life”? (5:10)
Next: 5:12-21 -- "The Reign of Grace"

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