Romans Chapter 5: The Grace Chapter
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
This chapter starts out by affirming salvation by grace through faith. This is the glorious hope to all that believe.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
It goes on to say, that we should glory in tribulation, because it creates Godly virtue in us. In the midst of tribulation we have to wait on God to get us out of it. When he does, it gives us hope that he is in control and we have nothing to worry about.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Again, we are shown that by no works of our own do we earn salvation. It is by the death of an innocent man (Jesus) that we are saved. Christ died for us as payment for all of our sins. Paul illustrates the fact that no human man would ever do something like that, even a righteous man. Christ's shed blood justifies us and saves us from hell.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
These verses dive into how Jesus is the last Adam. Let me explain. By Adams sinning against God in the Garden of Eden, death and sin fell upon all of man kind. No one that is born into sin did anything to deserve it. Likewise being born again in Christ is something that no sinner deserves. It is a gift from God to all man kind, so that none may perish. By Adam sin entered the world and by Christ the world is saved from sin. A beautiful illustration of the grace and mercy of God.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
These last verses further illustrate the juxtaposition of Adam and Christ. Adam was disobedient and plunged us into sin. Christ was obedient and saved us from sin. Grace has power over sin. Through Christs selfless act, we may all have the grace of God and eternal life.
I hope this was a blessing to you. Thank you for reading my blog.