(1-11) Peace with God Through Faith
When we are justified by faith in Jesus the Christ, we are immediately given peace with God, access into His grace, and the ability to rejoice in hope of His glory. Being justified does not free us from sufferings. We can, however, rejoice in our sufferings because we know they are not in vain. Sufferings that are endured for Christ beings about character in our lives, and character brings about hope.
Rarely will someone die for a good person, but Christ showed His love for us by dying for us when we were far from good. We were still sinners, ungodly, weak, and without hope when Christ gave His life for us on the cross. We were still enemies of God when Christ justified us by His blood and reconciled us to God. We can now rejoice in our reconciliation because we are no longer cut off from our Creator.
(12-21) Death in Adam, Life in Christ
Because of the sin of one man – Adam, death reigned over all men. But the work of Christ on the cross and in the grave broke the power of death forever. Death no longer reigns in the lives of those who have been justified by faith. An abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reigns instead. In Adam, there is sin and judgement. In Christ, there is grace and justification. And grace abounds over sin. In Adam, there is death. In Christ, there is life. And life overcomes death.
Favorite verse: (8) But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.