January 30th, 2007
Imagine that you are on a plane which is about to crash. Your prospects of surviving are very small, but you have a chance to save someone else if you use your body to cushion their landing. Would you be prepared in your dying moment to save an attractive young woman? What would you do if instead of an attractive young woman, the passenger sitting opposition you was an ugly old man? Or someone who complained a lot and gave you a hard time? Or what about someone who you knew had just robbed your house? It’s easier to imagine sacrificing yourself for the attractive young woman.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans — Chapter 5
5:1 Because we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 5:2 Through him we have access into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 5:3 We also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering results in perseverance, 5:4 perseverance results in character, and character results in hope: 5:5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
5:6 While we were still powerless, Christ died at the right time for the ungodly. 5:7 It is unusual for someone to die for a righteous person, but maybe someone would dare to die for a good person. 5:8 But God proves his own love for us, because Christ died for us while we were still sinners. 5:9 All the more will we be saved from God’s wrath through him now that we are justified by his blood. 5:10 If we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son while we were enemies, how much more will we be saved by his life, now that we have been reconciled. 5:11 We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
5:12 Sin entered the world through one man, and death followed sin, so that death was passed on to all people because all have sinned. 5:13 Before the law, sin was in the world; but people are not accused of sin when there is no law. 5:14 Nevertheless death prevailed from Adam until Moses, even over people whose sins were not like the disobedience of Adam, who was a foreshadowing of the one who was to come. 5:15 But the free gift is not like the sin. If many people died as the result of the one sin, how much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ, overflow to many people. 5:16 The free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. The judgment following one sin brought condemnation, but the free gift following many sins brought justification. 5:17 If by the sin of one man death prevailed through the one man, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness prevail in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 5:18 Just as one sin led all people to condemnation, all one act of righteousness brings all people to justification leading to life. 5:19 Just as many people became sinners through one man’s disobedience, many will be made righteous through the obedience of one man. 5:20 The law came to make misdoings obvious, but where sins were plentiful, grace was even more plentiful. 5:21 Just as sin prevailed to bring death, grace can prevail through righteousness, bringing eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.