Romans 5 Ultimate Proof of God’s Love
In most of my posts, I speak about God’s love for us, how God loves us as we are without exception or limit but way too much to leave us that way. Romans 5:8 speaks to this when Paul writes, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God did not wait for us to clean our act up to become the people of God He took the initiative and in Jesus showed us how very much He loves us. God emphasized His love for us by offering his Son in death on a cross while we were his enemies. Jesus brought love to hate by giving up his life, so that each of us no matter who we are can and will experience the love and fellowship Jesus has with His Father. Jesus death on a cross is the final proof of God’s love, nothing else is needed to see how great God’s love is for his children.
N. T. Wright commentating on this verse writes, “God’s love has done everything we could need, everything we shall need. When we look at Jesus we are looking at the one who embodies God’s own love, God’s love-in-action.”
The wonder of Jesus is that He forsook heaven to reconcile all of creation back to God. The life, crucifixion, and resurrection Jesus makes no sense unless Jesus is God. Jesus makes us right so that we can come into right relationship with God. Jesus guides, strengthens and when we need it carries us on our journey with God towards our eternal fellowship. Through Jesus, our status with God and our state are changed. Though sinners, we are put into a right relationship with God. We need the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus for our redemption and liberation. It is all three. For in his life, Jesus showed us what it means to live life with and in God. In his crucifixion, Jesus redeems all of creation. In his resurrection, all rise in new life. Jesus starts with putting sinners into a right relationship with God; he goes on, by his grace to empower them to be better than they used to be and all they can be in Christ. The whole saving process— life, crucifixion, and resurrection—are the ultimate proof of God’s love.
Paul goes on to write, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:9-11)
Paul argues from big to small. If God would do for us the work of reconciliation, at the cost of the suffering and death of His Son, He will not withhold the final salvation. Keeping for final salvation those who have already been justified is simply God following through His initial purpose of love to them. The decisive, and more costly, expression of this loving purpose was Christ’s actual reconciling death.
By Jesus, we have been made right and are no longer in opposition with God in any way. If, when we were most deplorable, we were reconciled with God by Jesus’ sacrificial death, now that we’re better healed, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen. Now that we have actually received this grace, we are no longer content simply to trudge along. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus. We extend the same grace that has been lavished on us to others.
Robert Farrar Capon said, “Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears.”
God’s love is for all! All means all! No one is outside of the amazing, limitless, and unconditional love and grace of God found in Christ Jesus. May you experience this now stretching eternally forward and having experienced and experiencing God’s love and grace live lives that bring glory to God.
Grace and Peace