Saturday, 2 October 2010

Romans 5

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.17 ... how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

God's provision of grace is abundant - not barely enough or sufficient but abundant. We can reign in life because of God's abundant provision of grace.

Susan said...

v.1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God

We have peace with God. No longer is peace something we have to strive for but rather something we accept from God.

Susan said...

v.6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

We were powerless to save ourselves.

Susan said...


Benefits of justification: peace with God; access into grace; know that suffering isn't wasted; Holy Spirit given to us.

Susan said...

v.9-11 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! ...Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Saved from our past (v.9) and saved from future judgement (v.9). And enjoying present reconciliation (v.11).

Susan said...

v.12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.

Here is the doctrine of original sin. We are born in sin.

(From Constable’s Commentary) ”People died before God gave the Mosaic Law. If there is no law, there can be no transgression of law. Since death is the penalty for transgression of law, why did those people die? The answer is they died because they sinned "in" Adam. Adam transgressed God's law in the Garden of Eden, and ever since his descendants have transgressed God's law, not just the Mosaic Law. This accounts for the universality of death.”

Susan said...

v.15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

(From Constable’s Commentary) "Much more" here shows that Jesus Christ did not just cancel the effects of Adam's sin, but he provided more than Adam lost or even possessed before the Fall, namely, the righteousness of God!

Susan said...

From the Message:
v.1-2 By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

What God has always wanted to do for us is set us right with himself, and we find ourselves where we always hoped we would be.