John reads to us Romans 5:1-11 and asks three questions:
Does our faith measure up under oppression and persecution? Rom 5: 1-5
How do we know God loves us? evidence Rom 5: 6-8
Can we be sure we are saved from Gods wrath. Rom 5:9-11 Can we rely upon Jesus?
In considering this passage he also reflects upon the recent controversy generated by Israel Folau.
Is it hateful to give someone a warning? The truth is that it is hateful to be indifferent and to say nothing. The opposite of love is not hate but indifference. What John concludes though is that the message in Folau’s tweet wasn’t untrue but rather it is incomplete. The remedy needs to be given as well. He suggests the followup Tweet needs to be ‘For all have sinned including me, and fallen but the gift of god is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord’
Vs 1 says ‘Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’'
The benefits of the righteousness we have in Christ when we believe is very good news.
We have peace with God; we have been reconciled.
We stand in Grace through whom we have access by faith
We can rejoice or boast in the hope of the glory of God
God has poured his love into our hearts; we are not separate or independent from God, He indwells us with His Holy Spirit.
We have been reconciled with God.