Text: Romans 5:6-11 June 5, 2011.
1) The desire to be loved: A young woman posted these words on her facebook: “I just want to be loved----and he has to be amazing!” Isn’t that what we all want----to be loved, to feel cared for and wanted by someone? And so much the better if he or she is amazing!
2) The pouring out of love: The one who fits that description most fully is Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “Because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5) In human history, no one else has shown us the amazing love than the love of God through the life and death of His Son, Jesus Christ. If you are looking for that amazing love, Jesus is the one you need to meet.
LOVE IMPOSSIBLE: (Romans 5:6-7)
1) When we are powerless: “While we were still powerless.” (5:6) We are powerless to achieve our own righteousness, powerless to work our way to reach God. When we were powerless to understand the love of God, Christ came to show us God’s love. We were powerless a-shenon without strength, weak, worthless, helpless, useless and destitute, to elevate ourselves God showed us His love in His Son Jesus Christ. It is useless for anyone to try to save himself or to gain the love of God, because we are powerless, we cannot do anything about it.
2) When we are ungodly: “Christ died for the ungodly.” (5:6) Ungodly, a-sebon, not like God, different from God, different in nature of God, unrighteous as God is righteous. The amazing love of God is poured on us when we are unworthy, unlovable and unjust to receive such love. No one is saved because of his merit of any kind. Our best work is just like a piece of filthy rag. But God did the impossible to pour His love to save us from our sin. Ungodly is equivalent to sinner in Chinese.
3) When it is in due time: Due time, kata-kairon means at the right time God has set. In the wisdom of God, Christ came to this world to open a path so man may find his way back to God. In a personal sense, God has a time for everyone to hear the gospel, to feel the touch of His love, to repent of his sin and to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Just as God set the time for salvation at the time of Noah, God has also set a time for each one of us to be saved. It is our response to His love that will seal our fate. Do not ignore the due time God sets for you to receive His love.
4) When Christ died for us: The price God paid to show us his love is the ultimate no one else could pay, the life of His only Son. Jesus died for us. For, huper, means for our benefit. On our behalf, in our place as our substitute on the punishment of our sin. We all will pay a price to show our love to someone we dearly love, but none of us could have paid what God had paid. God has done the ultimate impossible to show us His love.
LOVE UNDESERVED: (5:8-9)
1) While we were still sinners: Sinners, hamartolon, include those who are sinful, guilty of ignoring God and disobey His Word and will, (Romans 1:29-31) living in evil, reckless and unrighteous life style, breaking all God’s commandments, with selfish purpose, in lustful pursue. Sin is the outward expression of the inward sinful nature. It comes to us from our ancestors and is part of our being human. No one may do anything about it. We can’t stop anyone from sin by education or self-control or even religion. Before we have done any changes, anything good, God sent his Son to show us his love.
2) God demonstrated his love: Demonstrate, sunistemi means to prove, to show evidence, to exhibit. God did not just tell us He loves us, He did something extraordinary to prove to us He truly loves us so much. The way God proves His love is by sending His son to die for us. In our lifetime, we have heard and seen many promises that have broken miserably. Some of them fail because of human inability. Others fail because those who made them didn’t mean it. But that is not the case with God. When God makes a promise, He always fulfills that promise.
3) We are justified with his blood. Justified, dikaithentes, is in past tense which means God has pronounced the judgment that we are righteous and therefore saved. This is a legal term that means God did not justify anyone without a legal procedure. The legal procedure is the price of our sin was paid in full by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus took on himself the punishment of all the sins of the world, ancient, present and in the future.
4) We are saved from God’s wrath: Wrath, orges, means anger or vengeance against evil and injustice, just like when we see some evil things happen and have a boiling feeling. God is all just and righteous and He will not and cannot tolerate sin and evil. He cannot see sin as not sin or evil as good. We put ourselves in the anger of God because of our sin but the blood of Jesus has saved us from the anger or punishment of our sin. Without accepting the cover of the blood of Jesus, no one is saved from the anger of God no matter what they may try or believe.
LOVE’S AMAZING RESULTS: (5:10-11)
1) We are no longer enemies: Enemies of God doesn’t mean we have the power to fight God but means we stand on the opposite side of God, working to disobey God and His will. If one is not on God’s side, he is on Satan’s side, an enemy of God. But since you are saved by the death of Christ, our status before God has been changed from enemies of God to children of God. This is a very important doctrine of salvation.
2) We have been reconciled: Having been reconciled, katallagen means to erase antagonism, to remove dividing issues and make peace of both sides. The best passage on reconciliation is in Eph 2:13-16 where Jesus has torn down the dividing walls between the Gentiles and the Jews as the wall that divides God and sinful men. The result of the blood of Jesus is to bring sinful men back to God in peace. We are now in the family of God so can call him our Father in heaven. This is a guarantee of our position in God’s kingdom, the ultimate purpose of the sacrifice of Jesus.
3) We receive more than that: “If we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life.” (5:10) If God has the power and the will to redeem us in the death of Jesus in the first place, how much more does he have the power and will to keep us saved in His hands? This is in answer to those who are in doubt on the security of salvation in Jesus Christ. Can the death of Jesus keep us saved after the initial salvation? If Jesus says we are saved in his hand, no one needs to worry about that. “My sheep listen to my voice and I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28)
4) We also rejoice in God’s love: “Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have received reconciliation.” (5:11) To rejoice means to show gratitude in praise, adoration and thanksgiving. If we really understand how much God in Jesus has done fore us, the price He has paid for us and the results of all of these have brought to us; we should rejoice, sing praise and give thanks to God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Just as King David expressed the joy he had after he was forgiven of his sin. “Restore in me the joy of salvation,” (Psalm 51:12) we also rejoice on the love of God.
1) Don’t get disillusioned: Most of us are not as lucky as we want to be loved and cared by someone amazing because there is no one who can offer such a love relationship to us. If we are serious about love by someone amazing, you have to ask Jesus to be your ultimate fulfillment. God has shown us all his amazing love in the person of Jesus. Looking for that amazing love anywhere else is unwise and impossible. When you have the perfect desire, you need to have the perfect match. Looking for true love in the wrongly place or person is not a laughing matter. It is a dead end without hope.
2) Don’t miss the boat: The love of God in Jesus Christ is for everyone in the world, but not everyone will respond to the invitation to receive. When God speaks to your heart and you know it is time to receive that gift, don’t hesitate to act and reserve a place in the heavenly home of God. This is about your salvation, you soul in eternity. Make sure you don’t push it away until you miss the boat, either because you will not respond or you run out of time. Either way you will lose big.
3) Don’t try the DIY formula: The world has developed many fun projects for those who love to do it themselves and many of them have done pretty well. But saving your soul is not some fun thing you can do it yourself. This is a life and death matter in the most serious level and no one has proven to do it and succeed in it by oneself. You can’t pull yourself up in the air by stepping your right foot on your left. You have to have someone outside of you to pull you up. Same principle applies to your salvation and that someone is Jesus Christ. Don’t mistaken and lose your soul.