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This is What Love Looks Like-Part 2

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Romans 5:1–11 NIV
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Last week we considered Romans chapter 5 verse 8. In that verse, we were discussing love between two parties. We said the receiving party needed to have love outwardly shown or demonstrated.
We pointed out how God, that is God the Father, shows or demonstrates His love for us, in that while we were still sinners-Christ-died-for us. That is, Christ died on the cross for our sins.
The Demonstration of Love.
Results of Love.
Today we have 2 main points-we are going to look further about the Demonstration of love, and then the results of that love.
Demonstration of Love.
The People involved.
First of all, let us begin by looking at the two parties concerning this love. The first party is God the Father. God the Father is mentioned in some way nine times throughout this passage. On this slide, I highlighted God the Father in orange.
Next is the second party of this love is us. We are the recipients of the love of God the Father.
Demonstration of Love.
The People involved.
The value of the target.
Now, why do two parties love one another? Why would God love us? What is it about us? Normally the object of the love has some sort of value. Are we somehow good enough? Or smart enough? Or special enough? How are we described here concerning God's love? I highlighted us in pink.
Usually the person that you love has some sort of value to you. We talked about this last week, but on the contrary, we were powerless, ungodly, sinners, subject to God's wrath; we were God's enemies. Usually, the target of love has some value to person, but we did not exhibit any value to God.
Here is what both of those slides look like together-God the Father in orange-LOVES shown in pink right in the middle- Love ,US showed in a purple. What are we-powerless- ungodly -sinners- enemies, under God the wrath of God the Father,
This is important-God the Father Loves us- not because of who we are-because we are enemies, sinners, ungodly-But God the Father love us because of who He is!
Let me say that again-God the Father loves us not because of who we are-but because of who He is.
When love is shown or demonstrated, it is shown with something that has value to the giver. That indicates to the recipient how much they are valued by the giver.
Demonstration of Love.
The People involved.
The value of the target.
The value of the gift.
Usually, you show love to someone in proportion how much you value the person, or much the person has value to you. When you love someone, you may demonstrate your love for them by doing something for them, or giving them something. Of course, this isn't necessarily monetary though it could be. But whatever it is it costs the giver something.
For instance, Perhaps, there is someone in your life you have only a superficial relationship with, a business relationship. A small token of your appreciation like a gift certificate or box of candy might be appropriate.
However, if it someone you love dearly, you give something of great value to you. Like a diamond engagement ring. Or our time, and our life as people come together in marriage. We are demonstrating that they are the most important person to us. We give something of great value our life.
God gives a gift to those He loves. But, the difference is that we should not have any value to him, we are enemies yet the gift God gives to us, His demonstration of his love is the life of Jesus.
John 3:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
If we highlight in yellow where Paul mentions Jesus we see that Paul mentions Jesus ten times, in 11 verses. 6 times in the last two verses alone.
Paul is telling us that God the Father demonstrated to us, who certainly did not deserve it -that He loves us, and demonstrated that with incredibly precious gift of the life of His son Jesus.
God the Father, shows the magnitude of His love to the sinner by giving Jesus, the most valuable person that he can give. The perfect, sinless life of the son of God. The One who was with God in the beginning, Who being in very nature God. As it says in Colossians
Colossians 1:15–19 NIV
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
God the Father gives the most valuable thing he can give us, the gift of life in Jesus Christ. God the Father gave the life of God the son the second member of the trinity to be this visible expression of His love,.
Now, with this full picture of God the Father’s love.
The Results of that Love.
Now, what does that do for us? Does God the Father’s love have any impact or does it change anything in anyway. Is this demonstration of God the Father’s love, nice and all, and we are justified, and good for us? I’m justified, that’s great I’ll see you later, great for me, I have a in to free to heaven, it is past tense, I can now live however I want. I have my justification, I have all theses blessings now it doesn’t matter.
In these next two verses, Paul will state that Justification by Faith, when properly understood, will result in an assurance that will last our lifetime. Let me say that again, slightly different, when we fully understand what God the Father did for us through Jesus Christ, that will result in assurance that will last our lifetime.
Our Assurance is the fuel that feeds the Christian walk. Our assurance is what propels us forward. Our assurance is the rope that keeps us from falling. It is the reason why you CANNOT stay away from Church. It is what motivates your worship, what sustains your generosity, it is what drives your prayer, and your devotional time.
Romans 5:9 NIV
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
We brothers and Sisters, have been justified by the blood of the most valuable person God the Father can give. We have been justified by his Blood is this sacrificial language.It was by the blood sacrifice of Jesus that we were justifed.
Ephesians 2:13 NIV
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
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Romans 5:9 NIV
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Since we have now been justified, by the sacrifice of Jesus, God’s most precious and most valuable sacrifice, Since we have been brought near, then---How much more- shall we be saved from God’s wrath.
You were bought with a price-The blood of the most precious Son of God-Therefore if God has purchased someone with such a high price as the life of His son-don’t you think he would hold on to it. Don’t you think you will be saved.
Saved-past- moved from a state of God’s wrath to God’s grace-justified.
Being Saved-Saved now from the power of sin in our life gradually more each day-sanctified
Will be saved-At the last judgement when God pours out his wrath saved from that to glory-glorification
The Bible uses the word saved in several different ways.
First the Bible speaks of being saved as an event that has occurred to us one time in the past -past tense. This is justification. You are saved past tense done-you are justified.
Second the Bible also talks about us being saved in the present-you are in the process of being saved from sin having the victory over your life. Those justified by faith are in the process of being saved from the ravages of sin in your life. Sanctified.
Then lastly the Bible speaks of will be saved in the future. You will be saved at the final judgement when God’s wrath is pouted out on those that do not know Christ. You will be saved at judgement you will be glorified.
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Romans 5:9 NIV
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Paul says think about it Brothers and Sister, If you place your faith in Christ you were bought with His precious blood-the blood of the King, he was willing to go through the awful agony of the cross for you. If he was willing to do that to purchase you-Why wouldn’t he maintain his purchase. How much more will He be sure to save those he died for at the judgement.
It is like this-what if you could afford your dream car, wouldn’t you maintain it? You wouldn’t drive it without an oil change, you wouldn’t park it in a field. No you worked hard for it, you saved for it, it cost you dearly aren’t you then going to make sure that it stays nice?
If we do that with material things, that cost us only money how much more will God the Father keep those He purchased with the precious blood of His Son?He is going to see you to the end.
Then Paul writes the same type of argument but adds some new words, and has a a slightly different outlook.
Romans 5:10 NIV
10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
This time Paul mentions our relationship to God the Father being reconciled. Reconciled means the coming together of two parties who were at war with one one another.
For, while we were enemies, the death of Jesus did something to our relationship with God the Father. The death of Jesus satisfied the wrath of God, changing the relationship. The death of Christ allowed us to be reconciled with God the Father.
Paul states, since that is true-since we are reconciled-Since God is on our side, since we have now crossed over from being under the wrath of God to being under the grace of God, won’t we be saved through the life of Jesus.
Let me restate it a bit-God saved us while we His enemies, now that we are friends won’t he now save us?
This is that second definition of saved. We are presently being saved through the life of Christ.
Let me explain what that means- Everyone in the world is captive to sin. We are all under sin, sin has a hold on us, a power over us. The bible says the wages of sin is death. Everyone human is under this power of death and sin.
Christ came, and lived a sinless life. Christ went to the cross and died, but unlike us he had no sin of his own, therefore sin had no power over him. He conquered the power of sin and death in this life.
1 Corinthians 15:56–57 NIV
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
That is why the grave could not hold him, sin and death had no power over Jesus.
Now we place our faith IN Jesus. Since we have been justified by faith, and are reconciled to God the Father through Jesus, will not God the Father help you have the victory over sin in your life in the here and now. Since Christ has already conquered sin on your behalf?
If God saved you when you were His enemy-Won’t He now save you from the sins of today?
Then, Paul writes
Romans 5:11 NIV
11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
This verse is the last verse of this opening section of Chapter 5. And Paul starts off with-Not Only is this so---
I think Paul is referring to all of the first 10 verses of Chapter 5. What Paul is saying, is Since we have been justified through faith, we have all these blessings, Peace with God access to grace, Hope, even when we suffer God gives us something perseverance and character and hope. Not only that God pours out his love into us by giving us the Holy Spirit.
Then, Paul says because God does because of who He is not because of who we are, it produces in us an assurance.
The Paul writes verse 11, NOT ONLY IS ALL THIS SO-but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the same word from the beginning of the chapter.
We boast in the hope of the glory of God. (v2)
We also boast in our sufferings. (v3)
Now, Paul says we BOAST in God. (v11)
The end result is that we boast in God, because of who He is. While we were His enemy, sinners ungodly deserving of death, deserving of the wrath of God, helpless without hope and without God in the world. At just the right time, God the Father sent God, the son to die and suffer the wrath of God in your place.
Then he showers these blessings on you like peace, and reconciliation, and hope and access to grace. Even when things of this world press in and it looks like he doesn’t care he is refining you , making you into his giving you a faith that has meaning a concrete faith with hope.
And don’t think for a second that God will abandon you. He bought you with the blood of his son. He will see you through to the end. Not only so but he will see you through the sin struggles of your life, because Jesus conquered sin.
This is God the Father Boast IN HIM-Glory IN HIM Rejoice In HIm.
Worship Him, pray to Him, He doesn’t let you go.
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