(5:1) "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ."
(5:3) "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance..."
A) "Tribulation" = circumstances/situations which you would not choose, which you do not like, which you do not have control over; external circumstances which apply pressure on the inside of you!
Tribulation produces perseverance!!! (or patience!)
James 1:2-4, "Consider it all joy when you fall into various trials (or tribulation), knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (or perseverance). But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing."
B) Where were we apart from Christ? - (5:6-12)
-"when we were still without strength" (V6)
-"while were still sinners" (V8)
-"when we were His enemies" (V10)
What does "enemies" mean?
C) Two leaders, two paths (5:12-21)
You have two leaders in your life; two paths to follow!
Adam - one offense, one act of disobedience, sin entered the world, death entered the world through sin, death spread to all sin, because all sinned, judgment and condemnation, the wrath of God.
Christ - the free gift, the grace of God, one man's obedience, the gift of righteousness, reign in life, eternal life, peace with God!
the path of sin versus the path of God's righteousness!
Which leader do you follow and which path do you follow?
You must identify with both Adam and Christ, and with both paths, in order to receive salvation!!!
D) Sinner to Saint & Enemy to Friend! - What has Christ done for us?
Justification & Reconciliation
Justification = to render just or innocent; to deem to be right; to show to be right or righteous; to declare to be righteous, to pronounce righteous - NOT guilty as charged!
Reconciliation = to change mutually, or to exchange; to change from enmity to friendship
-Man's hostile attitude toward God changed to faith and love
-God's condemnation and wrath, turned to favor toward us!
By God's grace, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ:
-We are changed from sinner to righteous!
-We are changed from enemy to friend!