Daily Devotional Thursday 12th January 2023by William Moody
Peace with God Through Faith
5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we1 have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 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. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 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.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 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.
Some manuscripts let us
Some manuscripts omit by faith
Or let us; also verse 3
Or boast; also verses 3, 11
The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women; also twice in verse 18
Or the trespass of one
Or the act of righteousness of one
Being justified (right with God) by faith in Jesus leads the believer into much more blessing. There is peace with God (v1) and then the wonderful hope of coming into the glory of God (v2) which finds final fulfilment in heaven. Behind what happens to them in this life, Christians see a plan at work even in difficult days which prepares them for this (v3-4). When the Bible speaks of hope it means something absolutely certain of being fulfilled. The Christian’s certainty comes from the Holy Spirit making us aware of God’s love (v5).
God’s love is truly amazing. We see this from the cross. It was while we were still bound in the sin that is so detestable to God, that Jesus died for us (v6-8). God knew the worse about us; His response was love that sent His Son.
You can see Paul getting excited by this theme. Paul wants us to be aware that if as enemies we received such wonderful reconciling love through Jesus’ death, Jesus lives to give to those who are now His friends blessing upon blessing (v9-10). Jesus lives to watch, protect and meet all the needs of those He died to save. Have we not someone to rejoice about constantly (v11)?
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