romans 5:1 meaning
It is now. This word prosagogen suggests more than mere access. It's simply not in our power to do that, for our state of reconciliation with God was never in our hands to begin with. It is appropriate to shout it from the housetops. Paul is endeavouring to assure his readers of the existence and reality of this objective peace with God. Right now, we possess reconciliation with God. Again, this fits our experience. The Christian's confidence is not in him/herself, but in the certain assurance of God's 'glory'. No more enmity. 2 Christ has also introduced us[b] to God’s undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. Right now, at this existential moment, we have this access.  'we have now received reconciliation ... ' Note the little word 'now'. The Greek word is 'hupomone'. This fits our experience. “Christ died for the ungodly” (v. 6c). This 'hope' is not the uncertain, wishful thinking such as we express in 'I hope it doesn't rain' or 'I hope I get this position'. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Romans 5 begins a new section of Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome. 38A (Dallas: Word Books, 1988), Gaventa, Beverly R. in Brueggemann, Walter; Cousar, Charles B.; Gaventa, Beverly R.; and Newsome, James D., Texts for Preaching: A Lectionary Commentary Based on the NRSV — Year A (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995), Hunsinger, George, in Van Harn, Roger E. It doesn’t seem to make sense that Christ would die for sinners, but Jesus says, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do” (Matthew 9:12). Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society, Contemporary English Version (CEV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access, CEV Economical Bible, Paper, Blue - Imperfectly Imprinted Bibles, The Holy Bible: CEV Giant Print Easy Reading Bible, Flex cover, The Holy Bible: CEV Your Young Christian's First Bible, Hardcover. The hope in verses 4 and 5 stands in contrast with the hope in verse 2. This site affirms that God has provided in and through Jesus Christ his eternal Son, a way of forgiveness in which we can live in his presence guilt free, acquitted and at peace. Paul uses the Greek word for peace—eirenen—but as a Jew his understanding of peace with God is grows out of the Hebrew shalom. God, not our own actions, put us on his side; our own actions cannot undo this work of God, as Paul is about to point out. “But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”(v. 8). 3:9). The unexpectedness of this statement surprises us.  'we rejoice in God ... ' With the grand assurance that comes with Paul's argument in this passage, he now notes another focus of' rejoicing/boasting/glorying: 'we rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.' Beginning in chapter two, he addresses the Jews and makes the same case against them. This is the subjective peace with God that issues from a firm grasp of the gospel. 6For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. We rejoice in God. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God’s wrath through him” (v. 9).  Christ died for us 'when we were God's enemies ... ' Not only were we powerless, ungodly and sinners, we were also God's enemies when he did this amazing thing for us. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. Dokimen has to do with testing, so Paul is saying that endurance produces a tested or a proven character—the solid character of a veteran rather than the uncertain character of a recruit (Morris, 221). Beginning in chapter two, he addresses the Jews and makes the same case against them. Similarly, if our past enmity towards God did not prevent him from reconciling us to himself through the death of his Son, how much more impossible is it for us to prevent his present and future friendship with us, now that he has already reconciled us to himself! After the introductory greeting, Paul takes up the charge against Gentiles (1:18-32). 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. We are made righteous- by faith! All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.
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