FOR THERE TO BE PEACE THERE MUST BE A TREATY
ROMANS 5: 1 - 10
I.CONDITIONS REQUIRING A TREATY
Without strength (vs. 6) (Describe fatigue from 5 basketball
games in one day).
Without strength of character - moral reform can't get you up.
Without strength of purpose.
Receiving Christ does not automatically mean we have strength,
but we have access to His power. Can exert strength over habits.
UNGODLY (Vs. 6b) - not only helpless creatures are likely to
perish, but guilty sinners and therefore deserving to perish.
GOOD MAN = useful man.
RIGHTEOUS MAN = innocent man (Damon and Pithias)
SINNERS (vs. 8)
II.BENEFITS OF THE TREATY
PEACE INSTEAD OF ENMITY (Vs. 1). It means the fellowship between
us an God which was broken by sin is one more re-established.
"Peace" means to put back together that which is broken. Peace
with God (vs. 1) results in the peace of God (Phil. 4:7).
"Being justified" is an aorist participle, the action of which
must occur before the action of the main verb "we have" = PEACE
- of the Christian way of life. Literally, "let us keep on
ADMISSION INSTEAD OF EXCLUSION (Vs. 2). "Access" was a word
usedto describe admission into the presence of a king who could
not be approached without special favor.
HOPE INSTEAD OF DESPAIR (Vs. 2). Today HOPE often means "I
expect not." This usage means certainty. Hope is happy
anticipation regarding reality. We "rejoice in hope" because of ...
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