Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” Paul is further explaining, as he did in Romans 4, how by our faith in Jesus Christ we are able to stand in God’s grace. And we can apply this truth to our lives by rejoicing even in our sufferings, as Paul writes in verse 3-4. Our sufferings reveal the glory of God even more by producing hope and stronger faith.
Romans 6 takes a new turn and Paul begins to write about the depths of love of our amazing God. Paul, in verses 6-8, describes our powerlessness and how awful we are and the true love it would take to make such a huge sacrifice for people like us. I believe that this example of love is how we should love each other. Most would say it does not make any sense, and honestly, it doesn’t. It doesn’t make sense that someone would die, not for a good person or even an okay person, but for us: sinners. But that is what Jesus did. He demonstrated how deeply he loved us despite our sin, and he died for us. We are awful people who do awful things, but somehow God loved us so much that he sent his son to die for us. This example of love is what we should think of when someone makes us mad or frustrates us. We should love people despite every inner selfish desire that says it’s too hard. We should love people unconditionally no matter what it has to offer us in return. Because what did God get in return for his love? God got cheated on, denied, hated, and persecuted for his love. He still receives that every single day. But for some reason, God loves us anyway and desires our love. Society around us loves those who love them back or make them happy, but we should be the examples of true, unconditional, selfless love.
In verses 12 to the end of the chapter, Paul explains the concept known as Original Sin, and we attempt to understand. This passage is deeply disputed and very confusing, but maybe my thoughts on this passage could be of service. So verse 12 is pretty simple, explaining how sin entered the world through Adam. When sin entered the world, so did death. This doctrine reveals that, like verse 13-14 explains, we don’t need a law to be sinners. The law written on our hearts makes us sinners. Even though there was no written law until Moses, we had laws written on our hearts. Because Adam sinned, and became aware of his sin, he then had laws written on his heart even though there was no written law. So, like Paul says in verse 14, nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses. Verses 15-17 explains how the justification was much needed through Jesus, and because of that we should be grateful.
Verse 20 explains that the Law of Moses was established so our sins might increase. When laws were written, humanity stumbled even more trying to follow them. But where we stumbled even more, God’s love and grace abounded even more! Romans 5 explains the revelation of God’s gigantic love for us through his son, Jesus Christ.
Today’s author: Jade Hart