Let's turn back to Romans chapter 5 tonight. It was a number of months ago that I began to take a look with you at Romans 3, 4 and 5. We sort of really began in the middle of chapter 3 and we end in the middle of chapter 5 because this unit of truth from chapter 3 verse 21 through chapter 5 verse 11 features the glory of the great doctrine of justification by faith.
I want to read the opening 11 verses of chapter 5 just to set it in your mind.
"Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance and perseverance proven character, and proven character hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly, for one will hardly die for a righteous man though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die, but God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more than having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him, for while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled we shall be being saved by His life, and not only this but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received the reconciliation."...