April 20, 2018

True Love’s Rescue

Romans 5

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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 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.

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

True Love’s Rescue



Central Truth

We are justified—made right with God—because of Jesus and our faith in Him. Since we are reconciled to God, we can have a relationship with Him. Having a relationship with Him changes everything.

Devotional | Romans 5

I grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a beach town one hour from Disney World, which is basically every kid’s dream. As you can imagine, my childhood consisted of frequent trips to Disney World, Disney movies on...

I grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a beach town one hour from Disney World, which is basically every kid’s dream. As you can imagine, my childhood consisted of frequent trips to Disney World, Disney movies on repeat, and an overwhelming desire to be a Disney princess. As I got older, I realized that most love stories had a similar theme: rescue. A prince would rescue a princess, and everything about her life would change in an instant. She would go from having nothing to having it all.

Romans 5 is a love story far greater than any fairy tale. It’s a true story of rescue from the curse of sin and its consequence, death (Romans 6:23). The theme is that we are justified by Christ and made right with God (Romans 5:1), which immediately opens up a whole new world (cue the Aladdin music). When we accept Christ, our life changes in an instant. We not only cross over from death to life (John 5:24), but our justification comes with blessings beyond our wildest dreams. We have access to God’s grace (Romans 5:2a); we get to hope in a future that is unchangeable—an eternity with God in heaven (Romans 5:2b); we no longer get tossed around by our temporary circumstances, but instead can be strengthened by them (Romans 5:3-4); and our hearts become filled with the love of God through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Jesus’ death on the cross demonstrated His love for us and was the original and ultimate act of chivalry (Romans 5:6-11).

In the second half of Romans 5, we see our need for rescue in the first place. In Disney movies, “true love’s kiss” awakens the princess and frees her from a curse. As descendants of Adam, we are all cursed by our sin, but we’re justified and freed when we accept Christ (Romans 5:12-21). The “true love” of Disney has nothing on the true love of Christ (John 15:13). Jesus is far stronger than any curse, far better than any prince, and loves you more than you can imagine.

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Bio | Alaina Haas

Once upon a time, I was wandering through life looking for a happily ever after. God rescued me from my never-ending pursuit of happiness and showed me where true joy is found. Since then, my life has never been the same. I moved from Florida to Dallas for the Watermark Institute and now serve on staff with The Porch, Watermark’s young adult ministry, where I get to tell others like me how they can be rescued, too. That’s where I met my husband Jacob Haas. We celebrated our one-year anniversary on April 1! I consider him my Prince Charming, but together we remain focused on The One True King.

Discussion Questions

1. Read Romans 5:1. Peace with God is not something we can achieve, but something that was secured at the cross. Do you truly believe you have peace with God and are made right with Him? In what ways do you see yourself still trying to get right with God instead of resting in His free gift?

2. Read Romans 5:3-4. Think of a season in your life when you were experiencing a trial or difficulty. Looking back, how have you seen suffering produce character, and character produce endurance, and endurance produce hope in your life?

3. Read Romans 5:17-18. Do you believe God’s gift is for you specifically? Why or why not?

13 Comments available

Alaina Haas 3 months ago
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Thanks for sharing that, Hugh! God has been reminding me lately that I am homesick for Heaven and to keep an eternal perspective.

Alaina Haas 3 months ago
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Hey, Sue! Unfortunately, the sand in Cocoa Beach is not a chocolate brown, but that would be cool! Thank you for your encouragement!

Alaina Haas 3 months ago
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Great thoughts, Michael! Thanks for adding.

Alaina Haas 3 months ago
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I agree, Hope! Romans 5 has been a great reminder of God’s love.

Alaina Haas 3 months ago
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Thank you, John! Yes, feel free to claim it as your own. haha

Alaina Haas 3 months ago
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Thank you for the encouragement, Greg!

Shawn Foster 3 months ago

What an I incredible, beautiful and profound section of scripture! And I loved your analogy Alaina. It’s a very effective explanation that anyone can understand. Wow! I’m grateful for this and glad you and Jacob are here in DFW!

greg jones 3 months ago

question#2 Romans 5:3-4 there is a difference in having knowledge of a verse and believing it to be true and completing the process of making what the words say true about you. Great devotional today I love the contrast between fantasy and reality.

John Hill 3 months ago

Great job Alaina! I think your devotional makes a GREAT testimony! I hope you don’t mind if I print it off, use it, and claim it as my idea!

Of course, I will need to change the first part about growing up in Coco Beach, Fl and wanting to be a PRINCESS

Hope Harris 3 months ago

Love the curse, kiss, kingdom perspective. I am not much on the prince rescues princess stories; however I am living out a rescue story everyday I live and breath on this earth.

Romans five has reminded me how powerful God’s love is for this once enemy.

Michael Scaman 3 months ago

Micah 5:5 “…And he shall be their peace.”

The problems and difficulties are character shaping. Chisel blows cause the rough hewn stone to take shape in the image of Jesus. Peace partly from the reconciliation with God. Peace partly from assurance seen in the fruit and image of Jesus showing more - declared righteous and becoming righteous. 2 Corinthians 3:18

One man stands at ground zero where death enters the world through sin in real history - Adam. One man stands at the epicenter that ushers in righteousness and fulfills prophesy - Jesus. Daniel 9:24 says He is “… to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place…”

And the previously reign of sin both already supplanted and being supplanted by a new administration of righteousness.

Sue Bohlin 3 months ago

Alaina, if Bermuda has pink sand, does Cocoa Beach have chocolate brown sand?

What perspective you must have had, growing up in Mickey’s shadow! I appreciate your comparison of the true-life glory of life with Jesus with the fantasy life of Disney. Especially how the rescue motif of Disneyfied movies resonates with us because God has planted eternity in our hearts, and this is the eternal story of the gospel: curse | kiss | kingdom.

Hugh Stephenson 3 months ago

Q2 - The big passage for me is 5:3-5. One of my three “go to” verses on adversity along with Isaiah 30:20-22 and James 1:2-4.

Its prodigal Crazytown at the Stephenson house. Romans 5:3-5 and the other passages remind me that only in Jesus will I find true joy, (John 15:10-11). The daily prodigal challenges remind me this world is not my home. I love Phil Wickham’s “Heavensong”. My heart is worn out today, so I’ll just post the chorus:

“I want to run on greener pastures I want to dance on higher hills I want to drink from sweeter waters In the misty morning chill And my soul is getting restless For the place where I belong I can’t wait to join the angels and sing my heaven song.”

I long for Heaven. Jesus, please come soon.

Amen.

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