Why We Rejoice in Hope
Scripture: Romans 5:1–5:11
Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
Why we rejoice in hope
We rejoice in hope because being reconciled to God by Christ’s death we’ll be saved by his life
1) Since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through Jesus Christ, 5:1.
How does “therefore” relate to the preceding context? What is the difference between being justified (right with God) and having peace with God?
2) Through Christ we have access by faith into the grace in which we stand and we rejoice in hope of God’s glory, 5:2.
What does Paul mean by “we rejoice in hope of the glory of God”? What is then connection between “the grace in which we stand” and hope of the glory of God?
3) Not only that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 5:3.
4) Endurance produces proven character and proven character produces hope, 5:4.
In vss.3-4, how does Paul instruct us to rejoice in our sufferings? What does this look like practically?
5) Hope does not shame us because God’s love has been poured in our hearts through the Spirit, 5:5.
Why does God’s pouring his love into our hearts mean hope will not put us to shame?
6) While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly, 5:6.
7) Rarely will one die for a righteous person, though one might die for a good person, 5:7.
8) God shows his own love for us in that while were still sinners, Christ died for us, 5:8.
Explain what Paul is saying in vss.6-8. How does it give us confidence in God’s love for us?
9) Much more, since we have been justified by his blood, we will be saved from wrath, 5:9.
10) If while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by his Son’s death, much more now that we are reconciled we will be saved by his life, 5:10.
How do vss.9-10 assure us that being justified and reconciled to God now means we will surely be saved from God’s final judgment?
11) Not only that, we rejoice in God through Jesus through whom we have now received the reconciliation, 5:11.
Paul focused on rejoicing in hope of our future, final salvation. Why does Paul say “we rejoice in God through Jesus through whom we have NOW received reconciliation”?