May 4, 2021

'Cause I Gotta Have Faith!

Romans 5–7

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Peace with God Through Faith

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we1 have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith2 into this grace in...

Peace with God Through Faith

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we1 have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith2 into this grace in which we stand, and we3 rejoice4 in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

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. 10 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. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men5 because all sinned—13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

18 Therefore, as one trespass6 led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness7 leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self8 was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free9 from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,10 you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Released from the Law

Or do you not know, brothers11—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.12 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.13

The Law and Sin

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Footnotes

[1] 5:1 Some manuscripts let us
[2] 5:2 Some manuscripts omit by faith
[3] 5:2 Or let us; also verse 3
[4] 5:2 Or boast; also verses 3, 11
[5] 5:12 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women; also twice in verse 18
[6] 5:18 Or the trespass of one
[7] 5:18 Or the act of righteousness of one
[8] 6:6 Greek man
[9] 6:7 Greek has been justified
[10] 6:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; twice in this verse; also verses 17, 19 (twice), 20
[11] 7:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 4
[12] 7:2 Greek law concerning the husband
[13] 7:6 Greek of the letter

'Cause I Gotta Have Faith!



Key Verse | Romans 5:1, 3-5

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Bio | Melissa von Goertz

Hello, all! I'm Melissa von Goertz—wife to the wonderful Paul; mom to two fabulous girls Emma and Ellie; and for the most part, a very busy professional volunteer. I dipped my toe back in to the working world this year, taking a job with  Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am currently the president of our elementary PTA. I have also had the honor to lead in the Watermark Women's Bible Study and serve with our School Impact ministry. I am a Colorado girl at heart, but I have been blessed to call Richardson and Watermark home for the last six years.

Central Truth

Christ chose to die for us, even in our sinfulness, and the only thing He asks for from us in return is trust and faith in Him. But He isn't content to leave us broken. He wants to use our brokenness to move us to eternal life and to grow us toward a deeper relationship with Him.

Devotional | Romans 5–7

Lately, it seems there is no escaping bad news. I am writing this in the fall of 2020, and bad news seems to be everywhere. However, at the beginning of this year, my family was praying over a word to focus on...

Lately, it seems there is no escaping bad news. I am writing this in the fall of 2020, and bad news seems to be everywhere. However, at the beginning of this year, my family was praying over a word to focus on for 2020, and a very clear winner emerged: trust. Boy, have we had the opportunity to practice trust. Personally, we are walking through a season of job loss and uncertainty, but the Lord has met us every step of the way, and I am grateful to say that more times than not we have been able to look to Philippians 4:5-7 to present our prayers to Him with thanksgiving and to experience a supernatural peace that is only available through the Holy Spirit in our lives.

In this portion of his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul makes it his goal to remind them that they have been offered a lifeline of salvation exclusively by trusting in Jesus Christ and the free gift of grace from His death on the cross. He repeats that it is simply by faith that they are saved—but also, God doesn't want to leave them there. It is in our weakness that God meets us (Romans 5:6). Because of this justification, we are no longer slaves to sin but under God's leadership (Romans 6:22), and the fruit we get leads us to sanctification and ultimately eternal life.

Romans 5:3-5 often comes up when parenting my soccer player through a tough game, but those verses are also applicable to every trial we face in life. We are reminded that with suffering comes endurance, and then character, and ultimately hope. I love the word hope because it is the confident expectation of receiving what God has promised, because of His faithfulness and thankfully not our own! God has promised us salvation from sin, but also a relationship with Him, which comes with knowing that when we walk in trust through refining trials, His outcome on the other side is that we can't lose. Eternal life is available to everyone; we just gotta have faith.

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Discussion Questions

1. What trials are you walking through that God wants you to turn over to Him and trust in His faithfulness? Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?

2. What does it look like to find joy and confidence in what God has done through the suffering you have faced in the past? Whom can you share that with today?

3. If you haven't yet trusted Christ with your life and accepted His free gift of grace, what is holding you back? Romans 5:8 says that "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Remember, Jesus isn't looking for perfection—He only wants your heart.

4. If you have put your faith in Christ, what sins are you still holding on to, and how can you cast them off in obedience to God? Whom can you count on to hold you accountable in doing so?

5 Comments available

Sue Bohlin 6 days ago

Thanks, Melissa!

I loved 5:2 in the NLT: “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”

“This place of undeserved privilege where we now stand.” Oh man. What an amazing description of GRACE, yes?! How God lavishes favor and blessing on us, people who don’t deserve it, people who receive privilege instead of the condemnation we do deserve.

I am so grateful for how God deepens my appreciation of His amazing gift of grace.

Hugh Stephenson 7 days ago

2 of 2

That morning’s devotion was Isaiah 30:20-21. When I read those two verses, I wanted to throw the book across the room.

Once I got into re:gen and Prodigal I came across James 1:2-4, Psalm 119:71, Hebrews 12:4-12, (read the whole passage).

Then I began to understand.

I have learned that God will use fire in purification and in judgement. The fire he put me in was the greatest blessing of my life. He still uses it from time to time when I need new purification.

Hugh Stephenson 7 days ago

1 of 2

Reflecting today on Romans 5:3-5

Sometimes in Prodigal I’m the one making announcements. Often, I’ll ask the group, “What’ the best thing that ever happened to you”.

Usually there’s some talk – and then I’ll ask,

“What if having a prodigal is the best thing that ever happened to you?“

Usually followed by dead silence.

Flashback to December 2012. Amy and I were in the midst of the deep insanity of prodigal chaos. We were dead-church box-checkers so I was constantly asking, “How could God let all this happen to us.” Our two older kids had graduated high school and were superstars.

We did everything right. Why would God give us a Prodigal ?!?!?!?!

Greg Jones 7 days ago

1/1

For I am speaking to those who know the law”(Romans7:1).

That is an important note for many scholars.

“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.”(Romans5:12)

Original sin, through Adam, is a thought that seems to be original with Paul. Through Adam is not taught in the OT, by Jesus, or found in any other Jewish teachings of Paul’s time. Therefore, many see Paul targeting his Gentile audience in chapter 5, then shifting in chapter 7 to target his Jewish audience.

I struggle to track with Paul as he goes back and forth within himself for who he is and what he does in chapter7.

Greg Jones 7 days ago

2/2

Imagining Paul as identifying with Shimei 1st account (2Samuel16:5-14) 2nd account (2Samuel19:16-23)helps me to see how wants his Jewish readers to understand what he is struggling with. As Jews, they understand the internal struggle of Shimei, they understand the condemnation he is under according to the law,

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