Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Romans 5: 1-11 outlines seven things that happen in the life of a saved, born again believer.
Verse 1 --Peace with God – Before a man is saved, the Bible teaches that he is an enemy of God. One great benefit of being saved is that God no longer views us as his enemies. The Bible clearly points out that this peace comes only "through our Lord Jesus Christ".
Verse 2a – Access into grace – The grace of God is "amazing" as the song says. Someone has described grace as Gods Riches At Christ’s Expense. The grace of God is so wonderful that it defies definition. My feeble attempt is as follows: "All the good things God wants to give His children". It thrills me to know that I have access into Gods Grace by faith in Jesus Christ.
Verse 2b – Rejoice in hope of the glory of God—True Christians have a deep abiding sense of rejoicing, knowing that we will one day be glorified together with our saviour Jesus Christ. Although everyday may not be a mountain top experience, whatever we must endure here on this earth is tempered by the promise of heaven.
Verse 3 – Glory in tribulations – This is one of the most peculiar things about justification, I would be tempted to doubt it if I had not seen it so much in my experience with saved people. Saved people glory in tribulations because they know that "tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."Rom. 5:3-5
Verse 9—Shall be saved from wrath – The Bible teaches clearly that the unsaved man is abiding in the "Wrath of God". We know that part of Gods plan of wrath for those who reject him is the Lake Of Fire described in Revelation. What a blessing to know that I will not face the wrath of God because of my relationship to Jesus.
Verse 11a – We Joy in God—A man who is an enemy of Gods does not get any joy in thinking about God. And unsaved mans thoughts of God are accompanied by guilt, conviction and horror. To him, God represents judgment, not joy.
Verse 11b—We have now received the atonement—Dividing the word atonement into three parts, one can see "at one ment". This is the essence of the old English word atonement. Through Jesus blood Christians have been reconciled (made at one) to God. In other words, the blood of Jesus is what has mediated peace between God and man. Some people are offended that too much talk about the blood of Jesus, I find myself being very thankful for it.