Romans 5:1-11 – Peace and Hope

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Core Message:

Throughout the book of Romans, faith is the dominant theme. The passage describes the difference between a righteous man and a wicked man, the work of Jesus on the cross, and the forgiveness and justification of those who believe. The passage also discusses the work of propitiation and expiation, and the hope that fills the Christian.

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Opening Prayer:

God of the living,
through baptism we pass from the shadow of death
to the light of the resurrection.
Remain with us and give us hope
that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit
who gives life to our mortal flesh,
we may be clothed with the garment of immortality,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 – Peace and Hope

5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Intercessory Prayer:

My Friends, in this season of repentance and healing,
we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others,
offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

Prayers of the People:

Fill us with your strength
to resist the seductions of our foolish desires
and the tempter’s vain delights,
that we may walk in obedience and righteousness,
rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.

The Sermon: Peace and Hope


Those who have been saved by faith are assured that their relationship with God is secure. This assures them of peace and hope. This is the result of being justified. The Holy Spirit seals that salvation by causing believers to appreciate the great act of redemption.

Justification is the process by which God deals with men in a way that honors and praises the grace and work of Christ. It is a way of releasing the justified man from the legal turmoil of being guilty. It is also a one-time event that provides a place of security and standing with God. This is the result of a change in God’s mind about sin and a transformation of the sinner’s mind about sin.

The work of Jesus on the cross for us is God’s ultimate proof of His love for you

During the Easter season, we celebrate the risen Christ and reflect on the work of Jesus on the cross. It is God’s ultimate proof that He loves you. His love is not dependent on where you have been or what people have said about you. Rather, His love is immovable and is a constant source of blessing and hope.

In the Bible, there are many references to the cross. But this is not simply a coincidence. The Bible tells us that the ultimate proof of God’s love is found on the cross.

The reign of life through Jesus is more certain than death or taxes

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he preached that the kingdom of God would come. He did not affirm the common Jewish expectation that the kingdom of God would be brought through a revolt against Rome. Rather, he taught that the kingdom of God would arrive through his death. He would offer his life as a ransom for many.

In order to fulfill his mission as the Son of Man, he had to undergo a radical paradoxical act. He took the penalty for the sin of all people, including himself. Rather than waging war against Rome or establishing a political state, he became a suffering servant.

The difference between a righteous man and a good man

Despite the common belief that salvation is only possible through works, the Bible clearly says that nobody is righteous. In fact, even the best among us are still sinners.

Righteous people are those who have achieved harmony with God. These are people who depend on their faith in Jesus to live in His grace and to impart harmony to the world. They do not follow the advice of wicked or ungodly people. Instead, they rely on God’s Word for guidance in their situation.

The Bible describes the life of a righteous man in a number of ways. A good man is one who is large in heart and benevolent. He also has a deep appreciation for honesty and integrity.

Propitiation and expiation

Among the myriad of blessings that Paul gives his readers in the next few chapters, one of the most notable is peace and hope. These blessings are the results of a complete work of God in Christ.

Propitiation is a term that refers to an act of satisfying God’s holiness. It is also a component of the work of reconciliation in Christ.

Reconciliation or justification is an important aspect of God’s work in the gospel. It removes the barrier between man and God. Specifically, it removes the specter of sin and death.

Faith is a dominant theme in Romans 5:1-11

Throughout the book of Romans, Paul addresses various conflicts between the law and grace. His intent is to explain the good news of Jesus Christ in clear and accurate terms. This is especially true in Romans 5:1-11, where justification is viewed from a more comprehensive perspective.

This chapter is one of the most detailed in the Bible. It looks at the benefits of justification from the point of view of God.

The first and most obvious benefit of justification is that the person is declared righteous. This is a legal not guilty declaration that frees him or her from the impending punishment that was enacted upon them.

Christian hope fills believers

Continuing from the end of Romans 4, Paul focuses his attention on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. He speaks of the believer’s peace and hope. These are the foundations for Christian life. The believer’s rejoicing in the glory of God, and his exulting in the lordship of Jesus Christ. These are the things that keep the believer steadfast in trials. Those trials are an expression of the believer’s faith.

In Conclusion:

Throughout this passage, Paul is using a narrative style. He touches on seven important subjects. Each is spoken of in a definite and certain manner. The first is dikaiothentes, a word that means “made righteous.” It is a word that has two different English translations. In one it refers to believers who have been made righteous and in the other to those who are justified.

Closing Prayer:

God of mercy,
your word was the sure defense of Jesus in his time of testing.
Minister to us in the wilderness of our temptation,
that we who have been set free from sin by Christ
may serve you well into life everlasting. Amen.

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