Summary: Unfortunately, the impression of Christianity we followers of Jesus Christ sometimes give to the unsaved world is one of laboring under some huge burden. This viewis totally contrary to the impression we should be giving according to Rom 5
Rom 5:1-11 - A Warm Haven
Walking the Overland track in Tasmania
Went ahead of others
Optimistic about weather
Sky started to lower, mist, rain, sleet
Bypassed climbing Mt Ossa
Arrived at hut
Others arrived to a warm fire
This is how Christianity should be presented to the world. Christianity should stand in sharp contrast to the world. It should be a warm safe haven away from the freezing cold darkness of the world
Unfortunately, the impression of Christianity we followers of Jesus Christ sometimes give to the unsaved world is one of laboring under some huge burden.
This is totally contrary to the impression we should be giving according to Rom 5
One of the main themes of this chapter in Romans is ‘rejoice’.
Paul tells the Roman Church in verse 2: “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”
And following that, he goes straight in to saying: “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings.”
And only a little further on in verse 11, Paul says a third time: “Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Background so far
First three chapters talk about man’s hopeless condition of living apart from God in the darkness of the world
Chapter 4 talks about how God saves us through the saving work of Jesus Christ
In Chapter 5 he tells us the good news of what this salvation means to the redeemed Christian
The contrast he is making is like standing out in the cold on one side of the door, yet with a simple step through the door, one can come into the warmth and coziness of the heated room
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Not speaking about peaceful feelings, but rather our relationship with God in no longer one of hostility
We are in the middle of a war. A war between God and mankind, a war between the Creator and the Created
Not a pleasant thought is it
Notice too how this peace was achieved – What did we contribute to the process
There was a man who wanted to give his son a brand new Mercedes Benz. He only wanted to do it in order to demonstrate his love. His son did nothing to earn it. When the boy saw the car he was overjoyed! He couldn’t believe his father loved him that much. Later he noticed that the car had no hubcaps. When he asked his father about this, his father replied, “Well son, I think you had better earn those! I’m not going to just give them to you!” It is silly to think that someone would act that way.
In the same way, Paul says, God has already given us His Son, so to think we would expect us to buy the hubcaps would be ridiculous
Titus 3:5 “He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy’
2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
Grace is not a one off thing, it’s a state of being
In contrast to the state of being that an unrepentant humanity is in
They are in a state of war with God, Christians are in a state of peace provided by the grace of God
Now we see the first thing we are to rejoice in – Hope of the Glory of God
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Who are the ones supposed to be rejoicing and creating this atmosphere of warmth and acceptance?
What is this “hope of glory?” – the promise of the future
Membership in the family of God – relationship, glorified body, eternal life
So here we see the three great links between Faith, Hope and Love Paul talks about in 1 Cor 13
Our relationship with God begins with Faith, (delivered from our past by Christ’s death)
Hope grows as we learn all that God has in store for us, (the promise of the future)
And God’s love fills our lives through grace as we live this life
Notice the Second thing we are to rejoice in - suffering
3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope.
The first thing we were asks to rejoice about was fairly easy – all the positive aspects of Christianity
But now he talks about going to a deeper level of rejoicing – rejoicing when things aren’t so pleasant