|Romans 5:1-11 |
1 Therefore being declared righteous by faith,1 we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; [Faith is not belief that Jesus is the son of God based on the historical accuracy of the Bible; rather faith is hearing the word of God from within your heart, Rom 10:8,17, for faith is the gift of God and is authored by revelation from Jesus Christ, Eph 2:8, Heb 12:2, Rom 1:19. Until you are led (prompted, ordered, commanded) by the Spirit, the law is your schoolmaster, Gal 5:18. The imputed righteousness of Christ only comes to you after death of your selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial, when you receive faith with the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, to then walk in love, obeying the continuous commands of Christ. Until then we through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal. 5:5.]
2 By whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation works patience; [Paul is speaking to mature believers, those who have experienced tribulations, to work patience. Spirit imposed tribulation and suffering are part of the cross, and the only way you will ever be rid of sin. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you, 1 Pet 4:12. Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin, 1 Pet 4:1.]
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope;
5 And hope does not make ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given to us.
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous man; yet perhaps some would dare to die for a good man.
8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Many then will be declared righteous by the blood of Him to be saved through Him, separated from the wrath [of God]. 2
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the reconciliation.
2 now being declared righteous by his blood. Just as in Footnote 1 above, this is another case of translation error. Most Bibles are translated to say: now being justified by his blood. Again the Greek word in the Net Bible is dikaiwyentev, (1344) of which the root is dikaioo, and most commonly means to render righteous. "Just" is very remote in the choices for the translators, but most took it. This verse is simply restating the imputed righteousness of Christ that comes to you only after death of your selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial, when you receive faith with the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, to then walk in love, obeying the continuous commands of Christ. Until then we through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal. 5:5. See Footnote 2 in Romans 3 for the details of imputed righteousness.
Faith within justifies; faith within purifies. We are justified by his blood; we are cleansed from all sin by his blood; but we are not instantly justified or instantly cleansed. Justification, cleansing (to purity), and circumcision of the heart occur simultaneously, when the old man of sin has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, which circumcision puts off the body of sins of the flesh. Col 2:11.