Paul​ ​was​ ​not​ ​only​ ​an​ ​apostle,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​also​ ​a​ ​teacher​ ​(1​ ​Timothy​ ​2:7​ ​and​ ​2​ ​Timothy 1:11).​ ​When​ ​spoken​ ​of,​ ​Paul​ ​is​ ​most​ ​commonly​ ​noted​ ​for​ ​his​ ​apostleship,​ ​being​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​as “Paul​ ​the​ ​Apostle.”​ ​We​ ​elevate​ ​his​ ​apostleship​ ​because​ ​he​ ​did​ ​so​ ​himself.​ ​Paul​ ​referred​ ​to himself​ ​as​ ​an​ ​apostle​ ​quite​ ​emphatically​ ​and​ ​more​ ​frequently​ ​than​ ​any​ ​other​ ​office​ ​he​ ​held. While​ ​Paul​ ​was​ ​sent​ ​forward​ ​by​ ​Christ​ ​to​ ​uncharted​ ​areas,​ ​we​ ​see​ ​him​ ​as​ ​he​ ​goes​ ​forward​ ​in the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​an​ ​apostle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​hearld,​ ​a​ ​preacher​ ​of​ ​the​ ​gospel.​ ​But​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​Scripture what​ ​is​ ​captured​ ​of​ ​his​ ​life​ ​is​ ​Paul’s​ ​full,​ ​broad​ ​perspective​ ​of​ ​the​ ​gospel​ ​of​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ.​ ​His understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​gospel​ ​is​ ​the​ ​heavenly​ ​bank​ ​vault​ ​from​ ​which​ ​he​ ​taught​ ​tirelessly.​ ​A storehouse​ ​of​ ​understanding​ ​that​ ​is​ ​readily​ ​acknowledged​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​captured​ ​for ourselves​ ​as​ ​we​ ​read​ ​his​ ​writings.

We​ ​all​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​taught.​ ​It​ ​stands​ ​to​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​those​ ​who​ ​are​ ​in​ ​Christ​ ​Jesus​ ​are​ ​all “taught​ ​of​ ​God”​ ​under​ ​this​ ​newly​ ​arrived​ ​covenant​ ​of​ ​grace​ ​(1​ ​Thessalonians​ ​4:9,​ ​1​ ​John 2:20,​ ​Isaiah​ ​54:13​ ​and​ ​Hebrews​ ​8:11).​ ​God​ ​has​ ​still​ ​set​ ​in​ ​our​ ​midst​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​preserved for​ ​us​ ​the​ ​written​ ​teaching​ ​of​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​who​ ​have​ ​ever​ ​lived​ ​since​ ​Christ’s​ ​ascension into​ ​heaven.​ ​As​ ​we​ ​read​ ​through​ ​this​ ​section​ ​of​ ​Romans​ ​5:1-11,​ ​let​ ​us​ ​approach​ ​this​ ​text considering​ ​Paul​ ​as​ ​a​ ​teacher.

Romans​ ​5:1​ ​and​ ​2:
Therefore,​ ​since​ ​we​ ​are​ ​justified​ ​by​ ​faith,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​peace​ ​with​ ​God​ ​through our​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ,
Through​ ​whom​ ​we​ ​have​ ​obtained​ ​access​ ​to​ ​this​ ​grace​ ​in​ ​which​ ​we​ ​stand;​ ​and we​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​our​ ​hope​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​the​ ​glory​ ​of​ ​God.

We​ ​are​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​one​ ​day​ ​we​ ​will​ ​share​ ​in​ ​the​ ​glory​ ​of​ ​God​ ​through Jesus​ ​Christ.​ ​This​ ​hope​ ​is​ ​ours.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​all​ ​made​ ​possible​ ​because​ ​through​ ​the​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus Christ​ ​we​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​grace,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​justified​ ​by​ ​faith,​ ​and​ ​therefore,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​peace​ ​with God.​ ​What​ ​was​ ​done​ ​that​ ​was​ ​so​ ​great​ ​that​ ​all​ ​of​ ​mankind​ ​can​ ​now​ ​have​ ​peace​ ​with​ ​God through​ ​faith?​ ​How​ ​were​ ​we​ ​justified​ ​and​ ​set​ ​free​ ​from​ ​guilt​ ​before​ ​God’s​ ​judgment?

Romans​ ​4:24​ ​and​ ​25:
But​ ​for​ ​ours​ ​also.​ ​It​ ​will​ ​be​ ​reckoned​ ​to​ ​us​ ​who​ ​believe​ ​in​ ​him​ ​who​ ​raised Jesus​ ​our​ ​Lord​ ​from​ ​the​ ​dead,
Who​ ​was​ ​handed​ ​over​ ​to​ ​death​ ​for​ ​our​ ​trespasses​ ​and​ ​was​ ​raised​ ​for​ ​our justification.

The​ ​death​ ​and​ ​resurrection​ ​of​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ​ ​is​ ​where​ ​we​ ​find​ ​our​ ​justification​ ​and
a​ ​future​ ​hope​ ​of​ ​resurrection.​ The​ ​fourth​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book​ ​of​ ​Romans​ ​depicts​ ​Abraham, the​ ​father​ ​of​ ​the​ ​nation​ ​of​ ​Israel,​ ​being​ ​called​ ​of​ ​God​ ​while​ ​he​ ​was​ ​still​ ​uncircumcised. Abraham​ ​was​ ​called​ ​by​ ​God​ ​in​ ​Genesis​ ​chapter​ ​12.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​not​ ​until​ ​chapter​ ​17​ ​that​ ​Abraham is​ ​given​ ​the​ ​covenant​ ​token​ ​of​ ​circumcision.​ ​Paul​ ​is​ ​bringing​ ​Abraham​ ​to​ ​the​ ​table​ ​in​ ​the book​ ​of​ ​Romans​ ​to​ ​show​ ​the​ ​Jews​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Gentiles​ ​that​ ​even​ ​Abraham​ ​was​ ​called​ ​of​ ​God outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​token​ ​of​ ​circumcision.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​church​ ​at​ ​Rome​ ​there​ ​was​ ​a​ ​conflict​ ​between the​ ​Jewish​ ​people​ ​who​ ​had​ ​accepted​ ​Jesus​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Messiah​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Gentiles​ ​who​ ​had​ ​also been​ ​included​ ​in​ ​the​ ​blessing​ ​of​ ​Jesus​ ​the​ ​Messiah.​ ​Paul​ ​introduces​ ​Abraham​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the point​ ​that​ ​in​ ​the​ ​reading​ ​of​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​Abraham​ ​and​ ​circumcision​ ​there​ ​was​ ​a​ ​previously hidden​ ​understanding.​ ​This​ ​hidden​ ​understanding​ ​was​ ​a​ ​mystery,​ ​the​ ​understanding​ ​that the​ ​Gentiles,​ ​the​ ​nations​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​would​ ​be​ ​included​ ​fully​ ​in​ ​the​ ​call​ ​of​ ​God​ ​through Jesus​ ​the​ ​Messiah.

This​ ​is​ ​why​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​4:24​ ​that​ ​Paul​ ​points​ ​to​ ​this​ ​story​ ​being​ ​written​ ​for​ ​us​ ​(Gentiles included)​ ​who​ ​believe​ ​in​ ​God​ ​who​ ​raised​ ​the​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus​ ​from​ ​the​ ​dead.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​because​ ​Jesus was​ ​handed​ ​over​ ​to​ ​death,​ ​blotting​ ​out​ ​and​ ​canceling​ ​the​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​our​ ​trespasses,​ ​and​ ​in the​ ​following​ ​resurrection​ ​we​ ​were​ ​made​ ​right​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sight​ ​of​ ​God.​ ​Paul​ ​will​ ​later​ ​move​ ​into chapter​ ​5​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book​ ​of​ ​Romans​ ​to​ ​show​ ​how​ ​this​ ​salvation​ ​goes​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​back​ ​to​ ​Adam, not​ ​just​ ​Abraham.​ ​That​ ​this​ ​Jesus​ ​the​ ​Messiah’s​ ​saving​ ​work​ ​goes​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the sin​ ​of​ ​Adam,​ ​expanding​ ​God’s​ ​salvation​ ​through​ ​justification​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​mankind.​ ​But​ ​before Paul​ ​gets​ ​into​ ​the​ ​details​ ​of​ ​Adam,​ ​human​ ​sin,​ ​and​ ​redemption​ ​beginning​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:12, we​ ​have​ ​to​ ​deal​ ​with​ ​the​ ​section​ ​of​ ​teaching​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:1-11.

Romans​ ​5:1​ ​and​ ​2:
Therefore,​ ​since​ ​we​ ​are​ ​justified​ ​by​ ​faith,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​peace​ ​with​ ​God​ ​through our​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ,
Through​ ​whom​ ​we​ ​have​ ​obtained​ ​access​ ​to​ ​this​ ​grace​ ​in​ ​which​ ​we​ ​stand;​ ​and we​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​our​ ​hope​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​the​ ​glory​ ​of​ ​God.

This​ ​“peace”​ ​is​ ​a​ ​state​ ​of​ ​resolve.​ ​​ ​A​ ​dispute​ ​had​ ​to​ ​be​ ​handled.​ ​This​ ​peace​ ​is​ ​a​ ​state of​ ​reconciliation​ ​based​ ​on​ ​atonement.​ ​Peace​ ​has​ ​now​ ​been​ ​put​ ​into​ ​effect​ ​where​ ​there​ ​was separation​ ​and​ ​strife​ ​before​ ​between​ ​God​ ​and​ ​man.​ ​The​ ​concept​ ​of​ ​“atonement”​ ​will​ ​be mentioned​ ​later​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:11.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​also​ ​see​ ​Ephesians​ ​chapter​ ​2​ ​for​ ​this​ ​concept​ ​of “peace”​ ​as​ ​a​ ​dispute​ ​being​ ​settled.​ ​In​ ​Ephesians​ ​chapter​ ​2​ ​the​ ​reconciliation​ ​is​ ​between​ ​the nations​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​and​ ​Israel,​ ​Jews​ ​and​ ​Gentiles.​ ​In​ ​Ephesians​ ​2​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​Romans​ ​5​ ​the peacemaker​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ.​ ​For​ ​our​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​having​ ​peace​ ​with​ ​God,​ ​we must​ ​keep​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​that​ ​justification​ ​by​ ​faith​ ​is​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​grace.​ ​The​ ​salvation​ ​that​ ​has appeared​ ​to​ ​us​ ​through​ ​our​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ​ ​was​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​God.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​God​ ​who​ ​made peace​ ​with​ ​us​ ​through​ ​sending​ ​His​ ​Son​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ.​ ​The​ ​obedience​ ​of​ ​Jesus​ ​as​ ​he​ ​gave his​ ​life,​ ​cancelling​ ​the​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​our​ ​tresspasses​ ​in​ ​the​ ​shedding​ ​of​ ​his​ ​blood,​ ​has​ ​made​ ​this all​ ​possible.​ ​This​ ​justification​ ​“through​ ​his​ ​blood”​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​mentioned​ ​later​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:9, a​ ​most​ ​unique​ ​usage​ ​of​ ​words.

Some​ ​argue​ ​that​ ​we​ ​were​ ​justified​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​the​ ​resurrection​ ​of​ ​Christ​ ​based​ ​on a​ ​reading​ ​of​ ​Romans​ ​4:32.​ ​Some​ ​even​ ​would​ ​point​ ​to​ ​this​ ​and​ ​state​ ​it​ ​enthusiastically.​ ​What about​ ​Romans​ ​5:9​ ​where​ ​it​ ​says​ ​that​ ​we​ ​were​ ​justified​ ​by​ ​his​ ​blood?​ ​Can​ ​we​ ​truly​ ​delineate our​ ​justification​ ​in​ ​this​ ​way?​ ​In​ ​other​ ​portions​ ​of​ ​teaching,​ ​Paul​ ​even​ ​points​ ​to​ ​our justification​ ​being​ ​realized​ ​in​ ​its​ ​totality​ ​only​ ​at​ ​a​ ​future​ ​time​ ​in​ ​resurrection​ ​and​ ​judgment. All​ ​three​ ​of​ ​these​ ​aspects​ ​must​ ​be​ ​held​ ​tightly​ ​together,​ ​all​ ​being​ ​valid​ ​and​ ​bringing​ ​to​ ​light different​ ​facets​ ​of​ ​justification.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​in​ ​grace​ ​that​ ​we​ ​stand​ ​before​ ​God,​ ​now​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the future.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​what​ ​He​ ​has​ ​done​ ​(Romans​ ​4:1-9).​ ​It​ ​is​ ​for​ ​this​ ​reason​ ​alone​ ​that we​ ​can​ ​anticipate​ ​sharing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​glory​ ​of​ ​God.

Romans​ ​5:3:
And​ ​not​ ​only​ ​that,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​also​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​our​ ​sufferings,​ ​knowing​ ​that​ ​suffering produces​ ​endurance.

Here​ ​Paul​ ​does​ ​something​ ​unpredictable.​ ​From​ ​the​ ​heights​ ​of​ ​a​ ​future​ ​sharing​ ​in​ ​the glory​ ​of​ ​God,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​now​ ​faced​ ​with​ ​human​ ​suffering​ ​in​ ​the​ ​here​ ​and​ ​now.​ ​Paul​ ​says​ ​that we​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​hope​ ​of​ ​glory,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​also​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​our​ ​sufferings.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​not​ ​one​ ​or​ ​the​ ​other. While​ ​we​ ​boast​ ​of​ ​a​ ​future​ ​sharing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​glory​ ​of​ ​God​ ​we​ ​are​ ​also​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​our​ ​sufferings now.​ ​As​ ​we​ ​will​ ​see​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:4,​ ​we​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​these​ ​present​ ​human​ ​sufferings​ ​because these​ ​sufferings​ ​produce​ ​hope​ ​itself.​ ​Watch​ ​it​ ​develop.

In​ ​verses​ ​3​ ​and​ ​4,​ ​Paul​ ​will​ ​lay​ ​out​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​experiences​ ​that​ ​are​ ​stacked​ ​one​ ​on top​ ​of​ ​the​ ​other.​ ​First,​ ​that​ ​suffering​ ​produces​ ​endurance.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​to​ ​know, to​ ​be​ ​aware​ ​of,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​not​ ​only​ ​acknowledge​ ​but​ ​appreciate.​ ​While​ ​we​ ​suffer,​ ​we​ ​boast​ ​in suffering​ ​and​ ​troublesome​ ​times​ ​because​ ​this​ ​same​ ​suffering​ ​we​ ​experience​ ​will​ ​produce​ ​in us​ ​endurance.​ ​This​ ​logic,​ ​or​ ​illogic​ ​from​ ​a​ ​human,​ ​natural​ ​perspective,​ ​is​ ​exactly​ ​what​ ​the kingdom​ ​of​ ​God​ ​looks​ ​like​ ​in​ ​so​ ​many​ ​different​ ​categories.

The​ ​kingdom​ ​of​ ​God​ ​is​ ​not​ ​what​ ​we​ ​expect​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be.​ ​The​ ​kingdom​ ​of​ ​God​ ​is​ ​many times​ ​the​ ​opposite​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​would​ ​anticipate.​ ​The​ ​rules​ ​of​ ​the​ ​kingdom​ ​demand​ ​of​ ​us that​ ​we​ ​act​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​completely​ ​different​ ​from​ ​how​ ​we​ ​would​ ​react​ ​naturally.​ ​How​ ​a​ ​human would​ ​normally​ ​react​ ​is​ ​fundamentally​ ​in​ ​opposition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​teachings​ ​of​ ​Christ​ ​in​ ​almost every​ ​way.​ ​From​ ​a​ ​cursory​ ​reading​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Sermon​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Mount​ ​in​ ​Matthew​ ​chapters​ ​5-7, we​ ​can​ ​clearly​ ​see​ ​this​ ​surprising​ ​perspective​ ​held​ ​in​ ​the​ ​kingdom​ ​of​ ​God.​ ​But​ ​should​ ​it surprise​ ​us​ ​that​ ​God’s​ ​ways​ ​are​ ​not​ ​our​ ​ways?​ ​That​ ​His​ ​ways​ ​are​ ​higher​ ​than​ ​our​ ​ways?​ ​It should​ ​not.

2​ ​Corinthians​ ​4:17:
For​ ​this​ ​slight​ ​momentary​ ​affliction​ ​is​ ​preparing​ ​us​ ​for​ ​an​ ​eternal​ ​weight​ ​of glory​ ​beyond​ ​all​ ​measure.

Here​ ​in​ ​the​ ​second​ ​letter​ ​to​ ​the​ ​church​ ​at​ ​Corinth​ ​we​ ​see​ ​Paul​ ​make​ ​a​ ​similar​ ​move in​ ​his​ ​teaching​ ​of​ ​the​ ​gospel.​ ​This​ ​verse,​ ​like​ ​our​ ​verses​ ​of​ ​focus​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:3​ ​and​ ​4,​ ​is drawing​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​contrast.​ ​Here​ ​in​ ​2​ ​Corinthians​ ​4:17,​ ​“slight”​ ​is​ ​being​ ​compared​ ​with “weight,”​ ​“momentary”​ ​is​ ​being​ ​compared​ ​with​ ​“eternal,”​ ​and​ ​“affliction”​ ​is​ ​being​ ​compared with​ ​“glory.”​ ​While​ ​we​ ​can​ ​observe​ ​these​ ​comparisons,​ ​what​ ​interests​ ​me​ ​the​ ​most​ ​in​ ​the words​ ​that​ ​sit​ ​in-between​ ​these​ ​compared​ ​phrases.​ ​The​ ​words​ ​“is​ ​preparing​ ​us​ ​for”​ ​show​ ​us that​ ​while​ ​we​ ​are​ ​encountering​ ​affliction,​ ​that​ ​pressure​ ​and​ ​suffering​ ​that​ ​we​ ​feel​ ​is​ ​actually the​ ​feeling​ ​of​ ​preparation​ ​for​ ​eternal​ ​glory​ ​beyond​ ​all​ ​measure.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​read​ ​previously​ ​in chapter​ ​4​ ​of​ ​the​ ​second​ ​letter​ ​to​ ​Corinth​ ​the​ ​perplexing​ ​hardship​ ​faced​ ​by​ ​these​ ​men.​ ​We know​ ​that​ ​Paul​ ​does​ ​not​ ​mean​ ​that​ ​the​ ​suffering​ ​isn’t​ ​real​ ​from​ ​what​ ​is​ ​stated​ ​earlier​ ​in​ ​this chapter.​ ​The​ ​pain,​ ​the​ ​pressure,​ ​whatever​ ​form​ ​our​ ​struggles​ ​are​ ​coming​ ​in​ ​is​ ​very​ ​real;​ ​it​ ​is tangible.​ ​What​ ​Paul​ ​is​ ​saying​ ​is​ ​that​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​greater​ ​reality​ ​in​ ​play​ ​here.​ ​When​ ​we​ ​suffer, what​ ​we​ ​are​ ​actually​ ​experiencing​ ​is​ ​preparation.​ ​The​ ​suffering​ ​may​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​an​ ​incredible burden,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​is​ ​declared​ ​to​ ​be​ ​“slight”​ ​because​ ​Paul​ ​has​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​a​ ​future​ ​weight​ ​of​ ​glory that​ ​will​ ​be​ ​laid​ ​upon​ ​us.​ ​The​ ​suffering​ ​may​ ​truly​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​it​ ​is​ ​unrelenting​ ​and​ ​will​ ​never cease,​ ​but​ ​for​ ​Paul,​ ​he​ ​calls​ ​the​ ​suffering​ ​we​ ​face​ ​as​ ​momentary,​ ​for​ ​Paul​ ​has​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​the eternal​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​the​ ​glory​ ​in​ ​store​ ​for​ ​us.

Romans​ ​5:3-5:
And​ ​not​ ​only​ ​that,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​also​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​our​ ​sufferings,​ ​knowing​ ​that​ ​suffering produces​ ​endurance,
And​ ​endurance​ ​produces​ ​character,​ ​and​ ​character​ ​produces​ ​hope.
And​ ​hope​ ​does​ ​not​ ​disappoint​ ​us,​ ​because​ ​God’s​ ​love​ ​has​ ​been​ ​poured​ ​into our​ ​hearts​ ​through​ ​the​ ​Holy​ ​Spirit​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been​ ​given​ ​to​ ​us.

The​ ​character​ ​that​ ​is​ ​developing​ ​from​ ​enduring​ ​hardships​ ​produces​ ​hope. Endurance​ ​through​ ​suffering​ ​builds​ ​within​ ​us​ ​a​ ​resolve,​ ​it​ ​changes​ ​the​ ​way​ ​we​ ​process​ ​life itself​ ​and​ ​produces​ ​within​ ​us​ ​a​ ​colorful​ ​view​ ​of​ ​a​ ​future​ ​glory.​ ​While​ ​suffering​ ​may​ ​be disappointing,​ ​hope​ ​does​ ​not​ ​disappoint​ ​us.​ ​God’s​ ​love​ ​has​ ​been​ ​poured​ ​into​ ​our​ ​hearts,​ ​a love​ ​that​ ​Paul​ ​will​ ​now​ ​describe​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:6-8.​ ​There​ ​must​ ​be​ ​a​ ​connection​ ​between​ ​our hope​ ​and​ ​the​ ​love​ ​of​ ​God​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been​ ​poured​ ​into​ ​our​ ​hearts.​ ​Why​ ​else​ ​would​ ​Paul transition​ ​into​ ​love​ ​from​ ​what​ ​was​ ​such​ ​a​ ​clear​ ​line​ ​of​ ​thought​ ​concerning​ ​hope?​ ​This​ ​love must​ ​be​ ​specifically​ ​calibrated​ ​to​ ​show​ ​us​ ​the​ ​hope​ ​of​ ​a​ ​glorious​ ​future​ ​that​ ​will​ ​never​ ​be​ ​a disappointment​ ​to​ ​us.

Romans​ ​5:6-8:
For​ ​while​ ​we​ ​were​ ​still​ ​weak,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​right​ ​time​ ​Christ​ ​died​ ​for​ ​the​ ​ungodly. Indeed,​ ​rarely​ ​will​ ​anyone​ ​die​ ​for​ ​a​ ​righteous​ ​person—though​ ​perhaps​ ​for​ ​a good​ ​person​ ​someone​ ​might​ ​actually​ ​dare​ ​to​ ​die.

But​ ​God​ ​proves​ ​his​ ​love​ ​for​ ​us​ ​in​ ​that​ ​while​ ​we​ ​still​ ​were​ ​sinners​ ​Christ​ ​died for​ ​us.
This​ ​love​ ​given​ ​to​ ​us​ ​shows​ ​us​ ​that​ ​our​ ​hope​ ​in​ ​God​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​a​ ​disappointment. Our​ ​hope​ ​in​ ​God​ ​goes​ ​beyond​ ​our​ ​weaknesses​ ​and​ ​shortcomings.​ ​The​ ​love​ ​that​ ​was poured​ ​out​ ​into​ ​our​ ​hearts​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​Christ’s​ ​death​ ​for​ ​the​ ​undeserving.​ ​The​ ​emphasis​ ​in these​ ​two​ ​verses​ ​is​ ​on​ ​the​ ​death​ ​of​ ​Christ​ ​as​ ​the​ ​expression​ ​of​ ​God’s​ ​love.​ ​Our​ ​hope despite​ ​suffering,​ ​our​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​we​ ​will​ ​share​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future​ ​glory​ ​of​ ​God,​ ​is​ ​equally​ ​as undeserving​ ​as​ ​the​ ​giving​ ​of​ ​Christ’s​ ​life.​ ​Our​ ​hope​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​same​ ​factors​ ​as​ ​our salvation.​ ​We​ ​were​ ​not​ ​righteous,​ ​worthy,​ ​or​ ​exceptional,​ ​and​ ​yet​ ​Christ​ ​died​ ​for​ ​us.​ ​This same​ ​love​ ​is​ ​why​ ​we​ ​can​ ​endure​ ​suffering​ ​and​ ​have​ ​hope,​ ​standing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​grace​ ​of​ ​God.

Romans​ ​5:9​ ​and​ ​10:
Much​ ​more​ ​surely​ ​then,​ ​now​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​been​ ​justified​ ​by​ ​his​ ​blood,​ ​will​ ​we be​ ​saved​ ​through​ ​him​ ​from​ ​the​ ​wrath​ ​of​ ​God.
For​ ​if​ ​while​ ​we​ ​were​ ​enemies,​ ​we​ ​were​ ​reconciled​ ​to​ ​God​ ​through​ ​the​ ​death of​ ​his​ ​Son,​ ​much​ ​more​ ​surely,​ ​having​ ​been​ ​reconciled,​ ​will​ ​we​ ​be​ ​saved​ ​by​ ​his life.

Now​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​been​ ​justified​ ​through​ ​the​ ​blood​ ​of​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ,​ ​made​ ​right​ ​with God​ ​and​ ​given​ ​peace​ ​in​ ​our​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​Him​ ​as​ ​a​ ​holy​ ​God​ ​and​ ​we​ ​as​ ​sinful​ ​men​ ​(Romans chapters​ ​1-3),​ ​how​ ​much​ ​more​ ​now​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​been​ ​justified​ ​can​ ​we​ ​have​ ​hope?​ ​Now that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​been​ ​justified​ ​even​ ​though​ ​we​ ​were​ ​enemies​ ​with​ ​God,​ ​now​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are reconciled​ ​and​ ​in​ ​a​ ​better​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​God,​ ​can​ ​we​ ​not​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​He​ ​will​ ​save​ ​us​ ​from wrath?​ ​If​ ​the​ ​death​ ​of​ ​His​ ​Son​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ​ ​saved​ ​us,​ ​will​ ​not​ ​the​ ​living​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ also​ ​save​ ​us?

Romans​ ​5:11:
But​ ​more​ ​than​ ​that,​ ​we​ ​even​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​God​ ​through​ ​our​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ, through​ ​whom​ ​we​ ​have​ ​now​ ​received​ ​reconciliation.

More​ ​than​ ​our​ ​hope​ ​and​ ​sufferings,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​the​ ​act​ ​of​ ​God​ ​and​ ​our reconciliation.​ ​Paul​ ​brings​ ​our​ ​mind​ ​into​ ​sharp​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​boasting​ ​in​ ​God​ ​for​ ​His​ ​redemptive work.​ ​Just​ ​as​ ​Paul​ ​told​ ​us​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:2​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​our​ ​hope,​ ​just​ ​as​ ​we​ ​are told​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:3​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​suffering,​ ​more​ ​than​ ​all​ ​of​ ​this​ ​we​ ​are​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in God.​ ​More​ ​than​ ​boasting​ ​in​ ​hope​ ​itself​ ​we​ ​are​ ​to​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​God​ ​through​ ​our​ ​Lord​ ​Jesus Christ.​ ​God​ ​redeemed​ ​us​ ​when​ ​we​ ​were​ ​His​ ​enemies​ ​in​ ​His​ ​great​ ​love.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​received reconciliation.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​three​ ​reasons​ ​for​ ​boasting​ ​in​ ​Romans​ ​5:1-11:​ ​future​ ​hope,​ ​present suffering,​ ​and​ ​God​ ​Himself​ ​for​ ​His​ ​redemptive​ ​work.​ ​While​ ​we​ ​can​ ​boast​ ​in​ ​suffering because​ ​we​ ​know​ ​it​ ​produces​ ​hope,​ ​nothing​ ​compares​ ​to​ ​the​ ​praises​ ​and​ ​confessing​ ​the greatness​ ​of​ ​God​ ​as​ ​to​ ​His​ ​act​ ​of​ ​love​ ​in​ ​sending​ ​His​ ​Son​ ​to​ ​atone​ ​for​ ​us,​ ​even​ ​when​ ​we were​ ​completely​ ​undeserving.

Psalms​ ​150:6:
​​Let​ ​everything​ ​that​ ​breathes​ ​praise​ ​the​ ​Lord!​ ​Praise​ ​the​ ​Lord!

Receive Updates and Education Material

Add your email below to receive teachings as they are released. We will also send you updates on the ongoing projects in the communities we serve.

You have Successfully Subscribed!