Minute Meditations of Hope and Encouragement #113

The book of Romans is like a symphony that has several crescendo movements. One of those the fifth chapter. Chapter 5 is a key chapter in Romans where Paul alludes to the peace offering made after the offering for sin. The peace offering was a celebration for the reconciliation achieved via the lamb. He said, “therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through him we have obtained access to his grace in which we stand and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” Rom 5:1-2 Then follows the hardest line in the book of Romans. V:3 “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance…” James said something similar, “Count it all joy my brothers and sisters when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces patience…” (James 1:2-3). Remember the new testament was mostly written in times of impending danger. It wasn’t safe to be a Christian, and the second and thrird centuries got even worse. So what was the answer? “Rejoice in your reconciliation and the abundance of grace v17. In verses 15 – 17 Paul five times talks about the free gift ” through our Lord Jesus Christ “

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