ISSL Reflections May 19 2024 Romans 5:1–11 Post 1

This week we continue our reflections on faith.

Let’s start with the first phrase in this week’s focus passage –

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have …..”

As you spend time with this passage, take note of what Paul suggests we have “… since we are justified by faith…

Romans 5:1-11 (NRSVue)

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely, therefore, since we have now been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

What does Paul say we have?

  • Peace with God
  • Access to this grace
  • Things we can boast in
  • God’s love
  • Proof of God’s love

What else?

What stands out to you the clearest or the loudest in what Paul says we have?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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