Monday, May 2, 2011

While we were...Christ died...we are now

I had the privilege to study Romans 5:6-11 recently and saw some amazing things in this text. One is that this text is written to believers. It is so easy to see the gospel in these verse because Paul is talking about the gospel but he is speaking to those who are followers of Christ. Second the pattern throughout the text helps us see who we once were and who are we are now in Christ. I call it this section of Scripture: "While we were...Christ died...we are now."

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through who we have now received reconciliation.

Did you see it?

While we were...weak (6), sinners (8), enemies (10)
Christ died for the...ungodly (6), sinners (8), enemies (10)
We are now...justified (9), saved from God's wrath (9), reconciled (10, 11)

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ this is the way the Father has demonstrated his great love for us. He sent his Son to died in our place. He took his enemies and made them his sons and daughters. What a great God!

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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