New Testament: Romans 5:6-21
Summary: Peace with God Through Faith, Death in Adam, Life in Christ
July 19th, our reading in the New Testament for today will be in the Book of Romans, chapter 5, verses 6 through 21. Now, in chapter 4, you may recall, Paul went back to Abraham and David to explain how God declares believing, sinners righteous. Now, he goes all the way back to Adam. Adam’s sin passed sin and death onto the whole human race.
But Christ’s obedience gives righteousness and life to all who trust in Him. In our first birth, we became condemned children of Adam. But in our second birth, we are the forgiven children of God. Note the blessings of justification. We have riches, peace, access into God’s grace, joy, hope, love, the Holy Spirit.
What riches we have in Christ. And trials work for us, not against us. Develop Christian character. How rich we truly are. We’ll read about reconciliation.
We’re at peace with God, and we need to not be afraid. If he did so much for us when we were his enemies, well, just think what he’ll do for us now that we are his children. When we belonged to the old creation under Adam, well, death and sin reigned. Now that we’re in Christ, in the new creation, grace is reigning and we are reigning in life. Listen, you can live like a king by the grace of God.
Well, let’s read about it now in the New Testament.