Rejoice In What God Does For Us Through Jesus! (Romans 5:6-11)

Terrel Kesterson, August 20, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

The Apostle Paul says, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I
have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I
want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Ro. 7:18-19, ESV). Paul’s frustrating,
disheartening battle is one that we all go through. Our text says that by nature we’re “ungodly.”
We don’t have the strength to stop sinning and save ourselves from our sins. But our text has
wonderful news: “When we were still without strength” (literally from the original text, “When
we ourselves continued to be without strength”), “in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
“Christ” is emphasized in the original text. We deserved eternal death in hell because of our
sins, but Jesus died for our sins on the cross in our place. Sometimes we’re deeply troubled by
our “ungodly” sinful nature. But our text assures us that “Christ died for the ungodly.” So each
of us can say, “Jesus died for me!”

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Romans 5:6-11

6For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath [of God] through him. 10For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life; 11and not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (ASV)

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