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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

 Started fire

 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

Romans 5:1-11 (quickview) 

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[1] 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 (quickview)  “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.


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