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Romans Chapter Five

By believing unequivocally that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, we place our faith in God himself and can therefore be reconciled to God. (v1) If we remain in the grace extended to our faults whilst we still repent (in the knowledge that we are God's creations under His authority.) (v2) we are certain of this. We believe we share in the resurrection and eternal life given to Christ. We endure much ridicule, and persecution also, so that we can be refined and share in good works (v3) by being grounded in the truth of the gospel, that we love one another and learn more importantly to love the truth of the Father's words. (v4)

By hoping towards our eternal reward our knowledge of the person of God is further grounded within us, and our misconceptions and our sins are blotted out if we display our love for the truth to be stronger than our love for the world.(v5) When all the world had lacked the strength for this; in the truth of God's person the world showed us that it hated Christ first. Yet Christ laid down his life for us (v6) so that we could share in His life being gifted to us as His righteousness also is; by faith. (So that we might have eternal life.) God did this for His children, while we yet we sinners; and not esteemed (v7) - a fulfilled promise which showed His boundless love towards all those whom He would justify - being in Christ our hope and our faith perfected. (v8).

In His obedient faith (even to death) we hope therefore all the more to escape the judgement that is upon every one of us under the law; because by our corrected faith we do not treasure up in wrath against the day of judgement, but we are reconciled to God in the knowledge of His sovereignty - (that liberty of His own) over us we do not wish to force into an image of our own licentiousness.(v9)

God would reconcile us to Him while we were yet in fault, not knowing God. When we are corrected and our faith is given back its savour, we shall be justified all the more before God when the life in us is the eternal life gifted through Christ. Life in Christ is not to condemnation but is for eternal repentance from sin - that we have much the longer to emulate perfection ourselves, so we will be able to be justified all the more. (v10) The Father's will is not that of the son who agrees to do something and does it not, but in the son who doesn't say he will do it and eventually turns and does.

Through Jesus Christ our faith is perfected so that we may eternally rest in the grace of God whilst He writes His laws upon our hearts and minds; by Him and through Him are we imputed His righteousness which allows us to come before the Father.(v11)

Through one man (Adam) came death and the curse of death (v12) from which as a first cause all of us are party to evil and temptation and fall short of the law of God. The carnal nature of man has been present since the first sin (v13) and yet without the law given, for the condemnation by law can only be imputed when there is law. The penalty for loving the creature more than loving the creator is enough for death to reign in the world, (even over those few that had not sinned in a like fashion) up to the time of Moses (v14). Innocents die, but even so the gift of God by Christ, (eternal life and our repentance in it) is such as to far exceed the penalty of our faults.

By faith, Christ being made sin for us in the opposite fashion to our faults, that rather than us requiring instant repentance for our continuing faults, grace is extended by God over our faults (whilst we do not yet repent.) In the knowledge that we will do so eventually we are heirs to the justification of faith; (for all before God) that is, Christ's righteousness. (v15)

And also by considering Adam, not as on one fault by one man causing the death of many, but by the justification of many faults (eventually for all in Christ) for many individuals as by that one man, Jesus Christ.(v16) For this reason, that Christ is God and blameless He will far exceed the curse of death because His own obedience is more fruitful - "greater" than Adam's disobedience. Being perfect, Christ will justify each believer more so than the condemnation of their sin, so that grace is the more abundant. More abundant when it leads to repentance (v17). In this way, eternal life is the gift and the method by which all whom believe on Christ can be justified - through His exampled obedience showing Him blameless before all.(v18).

By one man many became sinners and had not the righteousness to stand before God. By Christ many can stand in the knowledge of the perfection of His example. (v21) - To reciprocate is to love God and keep His commandments, and to be sure that eternal life is an easy yoke, and a light burden (v21). There is much joy to be had in God's presence. Our faith is a shallow comparison of God's glory - but by the righteousness we have by faith, extending grace allows God to be glorified all the more.


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