The Apostle Paul originally wrote his letter to the Romans to a particular people at a particular time; and even though it wasn’t written to us, many followers of Jesus return again and again to this letter because of all the truth it contains for us. The first few chapters of Romans articulated one central theme over and over again: Humans are sinful. In Romans 5-8 the good news of the Gospel, and the effect that it should have in the life of believers, bursts off the pages. Contained within these chapters are some of the most beloved and frequently quoted passages in all of Scripture:
“… we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Rom. 5:3)
“…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)
“…Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1)
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Rom. 8:18)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:31-32)
Over the next few months we will have the opportunity as a church to explore these, and other, truths within Romans 5-8.
While this letter wasn’t originally written to us, there is no doubt that the content of these chapters of Scripture makes the world of difference for us.