Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 34

This entry is part 34 of 35 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into
the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief
and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd
of the sheep…” Jesus later said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I
am the door of the sheep. And again: I am the door: by me if any
man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find
pasture (John 10:1-2,7,9).

Part 34

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not
only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”
(Romans 5:2-5). God has promised great things for the faithful
Christian, and has given him the Holy Spirit as a pledge that every
promise will be fulfilled. This can easily be found in 2nd Corinthians
chapter one which states: “Now he that establisheth us with you in
Christ, and anointed us, is God; who also sealed us, and gave us
the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (vs 21-22).
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ
died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). This of course means that God
died from the helpless. We of our selves are completely week, but
in Christ we are made strong.  His death granted us a way of
escape. We can escape from sin; an impossibility in the mind of
man.
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet
peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die”
(Romans 5:7). In this verse we understand that a familiar man
would give an exact amount or an exact portion to the person
regardless of what they needed. However, for such a one we would
not feel a sense of devotion to die for him; if needed. But the good

man is more than just, he is kind, friendly, and generous. He is
devoted to the welfare and happiness of others. He stirs our
emotions, gets hold of the deep affections of our heart. For such a
man some might dare to die, but that would be unusual.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Paul clearly
shows us how great God’s love is, by contrasting human beings’
sense of the word love, to God’s definition. Never had such a love
existed. He died to save those who mocked, scourged, and
crucified him. He died that those who shed his blood might live.
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall
be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:9). We as his friends
shall be saved from future wrath. The beauty seen in the gospel is
incomprehensible. We as God’s enemies are made into friends,
sons, or fellow heirs.
 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God
by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be
saved by his life” (Romans 5:9).  We were enemies, but were
reconciled to God by the death of Jesus. His death for us opened a
way through which we could be reconciled to God.

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