Romans 5 Rejoicing!
As a minister of the gospel appointed by Jesus Christ Himself, Paul turns the tables on those who say hope is ethereal, sufferings are heavy, and we can never be reconciled to God in this present age. Paul says “phooey,” as we would say in our vernacular. Instead, Paul reminds the Romans that hope is eternal; sufferings teach us to rejoice because they help us to endure and develop our character. Lastly, we can be reconciled to God even now. That is why both Paul wrote to Titus; “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.” [Tit 2:11] and again in Romans 5:6, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” And further, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” [Rom 5:8]
Now because of that one step, we can rejoice that we are eternally saved, and “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” [Rom 8:1] Satan would have us believe that we are condemned for all eternity, but Jesus paid our sin debt so that now we are free to walk in the newness of life.
Have you met Jesus and received his gift of salvation so you can rejoice?