Romans 5:6-9

In Romans 5:6-9 Paul continues to talk about the benefits of God’s love and plan for us. Paul describes the greatness of God’s love. It is love given to the undeserving, to those without strength, to the ungodly, to sinners. This emphasizes the fact that the reasons for God’s love are found in Him, not in us. We are definitely not deserving. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” God sent His Son at the right time to accomplish His plan. He died when we were sinners who needed a Savior. His timing was just right for us. We are all still in need of Him as Savior!

Paul reminds us of the fact that Jesus dies as a substitutionary sacrifice or propitiation as he wrote of it earlier in Romans. Here, he makes the point again by saying that Christ died for the ungodly. The ancient Greek word for is the word huper, which means “for the sake of, in behalf of, instead of.” Jesus didn’t have to die for us – He didn’t owe us anything – but freely chose to do so. “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die…”. God’s love is a love beyond even the best love among humans. A good man might die a as a martyr for the “right” person –but Jesus died for those who were neither righteous nor good.

The work of Jesus on the cross for us is God’s ultimate proof of His love for you. He may give additional proof, but He can give no greater proof. If the cross is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love, it is also the ultimate demonstration of man’s hatred. It also proves that the height of man’s hatred can’t defeat the height of God’s love. “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died for us as sinners – not worthy of that sacrifice at all. The demonstration of God’s love isn’t displayed so much in that Jesus died, but it is seen in whom Jesus died for – undeserving sinners and rebels against Him.

Since we are justified by the death of Jesus on the Cross, we can be assured that we are also saved from wrath through Him. The wrath of God that was revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men was placed on Jesus as a substitute in the place of the believer. “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Whose wrath? God’s righteous wrath. It is true that we must be saved from the world, the flesh, and the devil but most of all we must be rescued from the righteous wrath of God.

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