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"Therefore" (Romans 5:1-11)Rev Gareth James, February 3, 2019
Part of the Romans series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
The devil uses many forms of attack on us all. We can end up doubting our salvation and what God offers us in the gospel and has done for us as believers. With an eye on such things, I want to work through Romans 5 to consider not only the great truths concerning our salvation, but also to try and apply the comforts, the sweet and wholesome comforts this glorious chapter contains concerning the certainty, the assurance of our salvation and our final salvation.
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5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (ESV)