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

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (ESV)

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