Let's look together at the Word of God in the fifth chapter of Romans, as we continue looking at the heart of the book of Romans. We started in chapter 3 and we're going to get at least into the middle of chapter 5 which really grips the soul of the gospel, and we'll get as far anyway as chapter 5 verse 11 in the next week, tonight and next Sunday.
The subject that is addressed in the opening eleven verses of Romans 5 can be summed up in the notion of the security of our salvation. There are many gospel themes in this section. In fact, you can take just about any verse and expand it almost infinitely, "Be justified by faith," that statement in verse 1, there could be an almost endless series of discussions and instructions on that. The idea of peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, the idea of faith that enters us into grace in which we stand, the idea of hope, tribulation, perseverance, proven character. Verse 5, the love of God, the work of the Holy Spirit, and then in verse 6, the marvelous realization that while we were helpless at the right time Christ died for the ungodly, brings to us the whole essence of in the purposes of God at the right place at the right time, Christ came to be a sacrifice for sin, and it goes on. The demonstration of love at the cross in verse 8, and on and on. This section of Scripture, verses 1 through 11, is loaded with gospel truths, gospel realities.
And in one sense, you might even conclude that you can sort of build this text around a whole lot of different themes. But it seems to me that the core of all of this is in fact as we noted for you, the security of our salvation. All the truths that are here connect back to the fact that we have a secure salvation. Peter said in 1 Peter 1:5, "We are kept by the power of God. We are kept by the power of God." That really says it all....