High Performance Requires Stress

ODB July 18, 2017 – Romans 5:1-11

Romans 5:1-11 is another one of the great Theological passages from the pen of the Apostle Paul and inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. By using the style of comparative relevance, Paul establishes a fact, analyzes the fact, then uses that analysis as a stepping stone to an even more valuable fact.  Let us take a look.

Verses 1-2 & 10-11 state four basic facts.

  1. We have been justified through Faith.
  2. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. We have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
  4. And in verses 10-11, we have received reconciliation through Jesus.

He spends the next few verses analyzing, explaining, and elaborating on the three basic facts.

We boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Here He speaks of the ultimate glory that is reserved for when we will be “physically” in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forever (2 Corinthians 3:18)

With a sharp tug on the strings of our mind, just as we see ourselves already crossing the finish line, he brings us back to the present reality  of the race that is set before us and that we must faithfully run. Verse 3 reminds us that we must glory in our sufferings, and gives the reasons.

Verse 6 returns to the core basic facts. Having stated the fact of our justification, Paul now emphasizes the absolute absurdity of what Jesus did by contrasting what He did, with what a reasonable man would be expected to do. He died for us while we were His enemies, powerless and condemned to die. In this way he elaborates on and highlights the basic fact in verse 1-2.

Now in verses 9-11, Paul uses his enhanced basic fact as the springboard for a logical conclusion. Since Christ has already completed the hardest part of the transaction which our justification by sacrificing His Holy life for totally condemned sinners, it is a logical conclusion that He will also now do the less difficult part of the assignment for His high-priced justified Sons and Daughters. Paul identifies these as saving us from God’s wrath and saving us through His life.

High performance in any area of life requires stressful effort which does not come without tension. This is also true of the Christian’s course on earth, but with one awesome difference. We enjoy the comfort and peace that comes with knowing that in Christ we are already victorious and have crossed the finish line.

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