1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
<b>Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God. The peace (wholeness in every aspect of life) of God that Jesus gives is available to us. (John 14:27)
This points back to (Rom 3:21-4:25) in which Paul reveals justification by the faith of Christ and not by our own works.
Either works by our own attempts at 'goodness' to become right with God, or by obeying the law of Moses, by circumcision.
The righteousness of God came to David and Abraham by faith and not by works.
Likewise today we are justified and receive forgiveness of sins by the faith of Christ, not by works of the law.</b>
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
<b>We have access by faith through Jesus, the door (John 10:7-9, Eph 3:12).
We have access through Christ into the very presence of God by faith (Eph. 2: 18) which opens up for us the storehouse of God's abundant grace and blessing in which we firmly stand.
We have a joy (joy which is the joy of Christ, John 15:11) that enables us to rejoice in the hope that we now have.
The object of this hope is the "glory of God" i.e. the blessings that He bestows on us now and in the future.</b>
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
<b>We have victory in the midst of tribulation (trouble) because we rejoice in the midst of trouble.
Why glory in trouble?
Because we know that we can have total confidence in Jesus that He has already overcome the world.and deprived the world of power to harm us.
He has conquered the world for you. (John 16:33) by providing to us His faith in which He conquers. (1 Joh 5:4)
Patience is a force that will cause a believer to stand and endure as he or she works toward success.
In (Mark 4), Jesus talks about the seed being sown and the harvest received. The seed takes time to grow and requires patience to endure through to the harvest.
When the word is sown, satan comes to steal the word to prevent the seed growing. (Mark 4:14-20) describes four types of trouble that comes to prevent growth. Growth is hindered when:-
1. There is no understanding. (Matt 13:18, Mark 4:15)
2. There is no root. (Mark 4:16)
3. There is offence. (Mark 4:17)
4. There is deceitfulness of riches. (Mark 4:18)
This means that the seed takes time to grow and we must stand in endurance through to harvest. (Mark 4:26-29)
Patience means to remain consistently, constantly the same no matter how things may appear.
Patience will cause your confession of faith to remain the same no matter what the circumstances are.</b>
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
<b>There is a process of standing in the faith of Christ, that takes us from the planting of the seed (see notes in Mark 4:14-20) to the harvest and that process in which we endure trouble is patience, which brings experience to develop maturity (the building of character), and character produces hope.
Faith is the proof of what we do not see and yet stand in hope for. (Heb 11:1)
Many hope for things and yet never realize their hopes because they never moved into faith.
Faith is the victory that causes people to overcome the world (1 Jo 5:4), yet faith won't work without hope.
Patience will eventually produce the actual experience (harvest) of what you are believing God for. </b>
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
<b>Hope does not make us ashamed, because hope is the confidence in Gods promises. Hope is the certainty that He fulfills His promises. Hope does not fear, because it rests on the character of God.
You will never be put to shame when hoping for something you are believing for from Gods Word.</b>
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
<b>Before a person is 'born again', they are powerless to save themselves and are enemies in the things of God. Yet the Lord didn't save us because we deserved it, it was an act of grace.
Therefore, if God loved us enough to die for us when we were weak or powerless, without God, sinners, and enemies, then much more now that we are justified and reconciled back to God, is He is willing to save us in spite of our actions.</b>
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
<b>The greatest love that we can ever know, is when one person lays down their life for another (Joh 15:13). However, it is almost unthinkable that someone would lay down their life for their enemies. Yet God sacrificed His own Son that we might live in Him (1 Joh 4:9).</b>
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
<b>Total proof of God's infinite goodness to us, Jesus Christ died for our sins. He paid the price so that we would not die, but live forever in Him.
We begin our walk and continue with God through faith in His grace (Col 2:6).
Human love is based upon people loving each other, but God's love is not based upon what we do or how we do it.
He does not love us only so long as we love Him, His love is total and unconditional.
God proved this by sacrificing His Son for us, confirming that His love does not depend on who and what we are.
We love Him, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)</b>
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
<b>We are saved from the wrath to come; therefore, we can rejoice and be of good cheer.</b>
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
<b>Many people think that God loves us less when we are saved, yet, if we are brought into a loving fellowship and right relationship with God through the cross of Christ, while we were His enemies, how much more shall we be saved (daily delivered from sin's dominion (amp)) by His resurrection life.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb 7: 25)
Jesus continually intercedes for the believers to be sanctified (set apart) and He will do so until we are ultimately set apart in glorification.</b>
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
<b>In the same way that we inherited the sin nature independently of our actions, from Adam's transgression, we in turn inherit God's righteous nature, not based on our actions, but through His grace being 'born again'.
If we became sinners through what one man did, then we can now become righteous through the second and last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ.</b>
13 For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
<b>Between the time of Adam and that of Moses there was no Law to show the abundance of sin. But just because there was no Law does not mean that there was no sin. Death held its unbroken power over men because men continued in sin.</b>
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
<b>Death was the ruler among men, even amongst those who did not sin exactly like Adam did.
Men still died, not because of their own sin, but, because of the sin of Adam.
Adam is a type of Christ who was to come, through Adam, calamity comes over all. Through Christ, the blessing comes upon all. </b>
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
<b>God's grace is greater than mans sin. The power of death can be broken, but the power of Christ cannot be broken. The state of a believer in Christ is far better than what we had in Adam.
Adam's actions resulted in things going from good to bad, but Jesus reversed this and brought things from bad to good.
In the same way that Adam's transgression passed on sin and its consequences on to his descendants, so Jesus is able to pass righteousness, the blessing and all its benefits to all who will stand in His faith. (see notes at Rom 6:4)</b>
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
<b>By Adams transgression came condemnation, but the gift through Christ brought justification with God (Just as if we had never sinned), to all who would now stand in Him.</b>
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
<b>By Adams disobedience many were made sinners, by the obedience of Christ many are made righteous.</b>
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
<b>When the Law was given this made sin all the more obvious and the trespass increased.
But the more we see our sinfulness, the more we see God's abounding grace forgiving us (nlb).</b>
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
<b>So as sin has reigned bringing death, grace now reigns through a right standing with God to give us eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.</b>