Romans 5: Grace All The More!

Down at the core of the gospel that this book of Romans is so much about (1:16-17) are two truths:

  • We are all a bunch of rascals.
  • But God can save us anyway.

The first point we don’t like to accept, especially in a culture where we grew up on self-esteem slogans and a foundational belief that all people are good.  The second point we absolutely love.  We deem it an inalienable right.  Though, I wonder if we can really appreciate the second point if we don’t fully accept the first.  Maybe that is why some of my favorite verses in the Bible are right here in this chapter:

While we were still weak, at that very moment he died on behalf of the ungodly. (5:6)

This is how God demonstrates his own love for us: the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners. (5:8)

When we were enemies, you see, we were reconciled to God through the death of his son. (5:10)

Where sin increased, grace increased all the more. (5:20)

It’s all about grace, and when we forget that we get out of alignment.  Then we sell our uniqueness and settle for something that is just like everything else.

Thank God for His abundant grace!

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8 thoughts on “Romans 5: Grace All The More!

  1. I cant get over

    “when I was God’s enemy He reconciled with me”

    even I, cannot reconcile with myself when I sin.
    now God has reconciled with me while I am Hi enemy?

    indeed, He demonstrated His love for me while I am unlovable
    that when I think I am lovable I am reminded that I can never earn
    and that God will never let me earn His love.

    He loved me when I was unlovable.

    amen

    – grace and peace

  2. Pat

    Today I am reading from The Message. Your idea of reading from an unfamilar version is so right; it really makes us see ideas and scenes in a new way.

    I am so overcome with the way The Message presents the idea of grace here that I just have to share these few verses.
    ———————————–
    6-8 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us
    to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak
    and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak,
    we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person
    worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to
    selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in
    sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

    9-11Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the
    consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God
    in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by
    the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our
    lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have
    actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to
    simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through
    Jesus, the Messiah!

    20-21All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin
    didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness
    we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do
    is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting
    everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life–a life that
    goes on and on and on, world without end.
    ————————————-
    Wow! Grace wins hands down. Praise to my God through my Messiah, Jesus.

    Pat

  3. Saved: Amen! So too do the truly godly people in my life too. Oh, to imitate that kind of love!

    Pat: What a great way to say it! Thanks for including that here. Praise God!

  4. Melanie Semore

    You said, “I wonder if we can really appreciate the second point if we don’t fully accept the first.” My grandmother never wanted to sing “Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified,” because she didn’t think she had ever not cared. She had grown up with godly, faithful parents and had been a believer all her life. It’s not my favorite song, either, but I’ve thought a lot about how we fail to see ourselves as enemies of God and how that failure (ironically) serves only to separate us from God further. Acknowledging that in my sin, I am God’s enemy allows me to appreciate more fully his grace and the fact that I do not deserve one smidgen of it.

    • “I’ve thought a lot about how we fail to see ourselves as enemies of God and how that failure (ironically) serves only to separate us from God further.”

      Such a truly ironic fact. Well stated! We don’t need to lapse into self-hatred, but we need to remember the facts. Thanks Melanie!

  5. This chapter is one of my favorites in the whole Bible. Peterson says so many familiar things in beautiful, wonderfully new ways. Here are two great ones:

    “We can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit.”

    “When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.”

    Praise God!

  6. Eddy

    I could not agree more.

    ** But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace.

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