HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

June 21/Romans 5

Paul told us in chapter how to be made right with God. This being made right is called Justification. We have been acquitted of all wrong doing because of our belief in what Jesus did for us on the cross. There is more to being justified than being guaranteed of heaven. In these first eleven verses Paul tells us about the 7 blessing we have because we have been justified.

Verse 1 > We have peace with God. The unsaved person is still at odds with God. They cannot no matter how hard they try to get on God’s good side. No one can live up to his perfect standard. So what ever they try to make peace with themselves or the life hereafter or some higher power or with nature it just doesn’t work. There will always be some inner turmoil or uncertainty. But for us Christians the war is over we are at complete rest in our relationship with God because of Jesus! We don’t have to wonder if we have done enough or are good enough for when this life is over. They is no uncertainty about our relationship with God. Jesus did it all for us so we can be certain. I sure like being at peace don’t you?

Isaiah 48:22 (NLT) — 22 “But there is no peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.

Verse 2a > “where we now stand” means that we have total access to God. We don’t need a backstage pass we can go to God anytime we want to. He is now our Father just as he is Jesus’ Father. And He loves us as much as he loved Jesus. Jesus said so!

John 17:23 (NLT) — 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Ephesians 2:18 (NLT) — 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

When I pastored a church in Bloomington I had an office and my secretary had an office. I instructed my secretary that whenever a call came for me for Cleo or Jeremy, no matter what I was involved in she was to put the call through. They were my family and they had complete access. We have complete access to Father God.

Verse 2b > Peace takes care of our past. Access takes care or present and “looking forward to sharing God’s glory” this takes care of our future; we are going to share in God’s glory, his goodness and greatness!

Verses 3-4 > Godly Character. God allows the tough times of life to grow us up and get rid of the junk in our character! As we trust God through these times they bring us closer to him and make us more like Jesus. This also makes us better people to be around. I don’t want to be one of those people who ‘never grow up’ do you? God doesn’t want us to be one of those people either.

Romans 8:29 (NLT) — 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Verses 5-8 > We get God’s love! The Holy Spirit fills us with the love of God and all we have to do is remember to use it. Be patient and begin to use it. It is a bit like learning to play a musical instrument; it takes practice. When I start to learn how to play the piano I am a pianist. With a lesson book and practice I will be a better pianist. With practice I will learn to relax in the fact that God loves me and little by little I will be able to give this love away to others. I Corinthians 13:4-7 is our love practice lesson.

1 Corinthians 13:4–7 (NLT) — 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Verses 9-10 > We are saved from future wrath. There is a wrath to come when God judges those who have not believed in him. But that wrath will not come on us because Jesus already suffered God’s wrath for our sin!

1 Thessalonians 1:10 (NLT) — 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.

1 Thessalonians 5:8–10 (NLT) — 8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. 9 For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.

Verse 11 > We are Friends with God! Wow! A friend is someone you can tell your deepest secrets to and he or she will never repeat them or make fun of you. A friend always has a listening ear. A friend hugs you when you need it and won’t let you get away with stupid stuff. A friend will keep you honest and hold you to your word. A friend will laugh with you and cry with you. A friend will never run out on you no matter what. A friend is interested in all the details of your life.  A friend will not take revenge or hold a grudge. A friend will not condemn you. A friend will spur you on to do your best. A friend will always love you. Will you trust God as your friend? Will you develop this new found friendship?

Proverbs 17:17 (NLT) — 17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Proverbs 27:6 (NLT) — 6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

Proverbs 27:9 (NLT) — 9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) — 17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

We are truly blessed > Peace with God, Access to God, Share God’s glory, Develop Godly Character, Filled with God’s love, Escape the wrath to come. Friends of God.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Adam made 1 mistake and sin was manifested in the world. In the Garden Adam had few rules to live by. He needed to be fruitful and multiply, he needed to be a steward over creation and he needed to leave 2 trees alone. Adam failed in this and there was separation from God. Jesus on the other hand had to make many right choices. He needed to follow God’s law completely, i.e. lead a sinless life, and allow himself to be the ultimate sacrifice for all mankind. This allowed for the restoration of the relationship between God and man. This surpasses the law in that the law let’s us know we have sinned where grace allows us to know we are forgiven.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    There is so much meat to chew on in this chapter of Romans. I love how Paul explains the relationship between Adam and Jesus. In vs 17 we find that we have triumph over (the word “basileuo”means to reign or to exercise the highest control over) sin through this one man ,Jesus! How can we not rejoice over this wonderful grace our Father has given to us while we were yet sinners …..