17
Feb
2016

ROMANS 5:6-11 OUR SECURITY IN CHRIST/11 BENEFITS OF TRUSTING CHRIST PART 3

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Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

 1.    V-5-8 We have the Love of God poured out in our hearts:

Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved

Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

v-6 While we were without strength (helpless in our sin) Christ died for us( the ungodly)

Isaiah 25:4 For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat;

v-7 Scarcely for a righteous man, perhaps a good man...and we are neither of these.

 Kid feeding brother in Africa

John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

v-8 God demonstrates his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

1John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

2.    We have the Holy Spirit from God: The evidence that we have been saved

Eph 1:12-14 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

It is the Holy Spirit living in us which gives us the peace of God, the ability to hope, the strength to carry on during hard times

3.    v-9  We have a pardon from wrath by God: Changed our status(justification- being declared righteous) & our state(sanctification- being made more and more like Christ)

Eph 2:1-3 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

v10 Before we were enemies with God

4.    We have Reconciliation with God: We are saved by his death and atoning work. Jesus paid for our sins

Colossians 1:19-22 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight

Much more shall we be Saved by Christ's life: His resurrection proved God accepted His sacrifice and He is a living Christ

Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

5.    V-11 We have Joy in God and from God:

Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Joy which of his grace and goodness, He has provided for us, and not which we have merited and earned for ourselves:

Psalms 45:7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

 Illustration: He is there and He is alive:

 Fog has a way of hiding things. The view from our window may give us a feeling of security because we can see everything around us. But let a heavy fog roll in and we tend to feel trapped and isolated. Sometimes this can happen to a Christian. We fail to see God at work in our lives when troubles and sorrows come.

 

     In Napoleon's day a great sea battle took place and the British were waiting to see if their Duke of Wellington would be able to defeat the great French Commander Napoleon. Men on shore waited to read the message given by flags. The message came in "Wellington defeated" and then a fog rolled in. Britain believing the worst fell into despair. Later the fog lifted and they were able to read the full message "Wellington defeated the enemy". The same thing happened when Jesus died. The message read Jesus defeated, but three days later they were able to see the full message was Jesus defeated the enemy. Are you living today like you are defeated or are you living in the power and might of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:35-39

 Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

3
Feb
2016

ROMANS 5:3-5 OUR SECURITY IN CHRIST/11 BENEFITS OF TRUSTING CHRIST PART 2

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Romans 5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 1.     V-3 We are able to Glory or rejoice in Tribulations through the Strength of God: We will have troubles because we are believers. Our troubles in life as believers allow us to not only endure trials but grow stronger through them

It is strange that Paul should move from the brightness of our future hope to the darkness which so often envelopes our present circumstances. But he may have done this in order to counteract Jewish antagonists who denied that Christians enjoyed the justified life now since they are still struggling with suffering and problems. Paul contradicts this thesis by showing that the present in no way jeopardizes the future (5:5).

Whatever the particular reason was that Paul decided to talk about our present experience, one should not fail to see the implied comparison with Abraham in 4:19-21 and his hope in the midst of hopeless circumstances. Even though we as Christians are in the midst of enormous trials, and we believe in hope against hope, as it were, we like Abraham will overcome and we will see the promise of our glorification realized (Rom 8:30).

John 16:33b In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

·       Psalms 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Ro 5:4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

2.     V-3-4 We have Perseverance (patience or endurance), Character, and Hope from God:

2corinth 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

·       Our Character is tested and proven by trials. The word character should be translated proven character and it is the word that means a metal purified by fire.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

The Divine design, in this life, is to fit us for the next by enlarging our present spiritual capacity for hope!

"Our English word 'tribulation' comes from a Latin word tribulum. In Paul's day, a tribulum was a heavy piece of timber with spikes in it, used for threshing the grain. The tribulum was drawn over the grain and it separated the wheat from the chaff."

"The newborn child of God is precious in His sight, but the tested and proven saint means even more to Him because such a one is a living demonstration of the character developing power of the gospel. When we stand in the presence of God, all material possessions will have been left behind, but all that we have gained by way of spiritual advance will be retained."

Ro 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

3.     V-5-8 We have the Love of God poured out in our hearts:

Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved

Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Paul is not talking about the objective love of God shown to us in the cross (3:25; 5:8), but rather the subjective apprehension (i.e., in our hearts) of God’s love. For Paul this is primarily an emotional experience with a force greater than the doubt inflicted through trials (cf. Phil 4:6-7).

This hope, the focal point of this section, will not suffer disappointment, because God loves us and enables us to withstand tribulations. He does this by His Holy Spirit whom He has given to indwell every justified sinner in the church age (cf. Acts 2:33; Rom. 8:9). Paul developed the Holy Spirit's ministry to the believer later (ch. 8) .

4.     We have the Holy Spirit from God: The evidence that we have been saved

Eph 1:12-14 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

It is the Holy Spirit living in us which gives us the peace of God, the ability to hope, the strength to carry on during hard times

 Note the progression in these verses from faith (v. 1) to hope (vv. 2-5) to love (v. 5; cf. 1 Cor.

13:13).