1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 How much more then, since we have now been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 And not only that, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation (Romans 5.1-11).
Memory Verse: But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5.8).
Because we have faith in God and Jesus Christ, we now have peace with God through Jesus Christ and we have access to God’s grace. It is God’s grace that lifts us up to a higher plane, a plane that we could have never obtained if it had not been for Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Grace—is the freely, unmerited favor and love of God—this is what God did for us. As we have already learned, “we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3.23). But because of God’s grace we were freely justified and given a new place, a new name, a new home, a new body, a new life (John 13.2-3; II Corinthians 5.17; Revelation 2.17; John 6.27; I Timothy 1.16; I John 5.11).
God’s grace transcends everything we are or could ever be and because of God’s grace we have an opportunity to show and share this amazing grace of God with others just as God gave it to us. We now can rejoice in the glory we have in God, why? Because we have hope in Him, not just any hope, but hope in His glory. Glory that we could not reach before because of our sin. Remember we had fallen short, but now because of the blood of His Son Jesus Christ we have been lifted up and moved from death to life, darkness to light, blindness to light where now we can see, feel and be in the presence of the glory of God.
Therefore, we have hope in the glory of God, which will move us, shake us, and cause us to be the children of God He wants us to be. So, now in God’s glory we can rejoice we can also rejoice in our afflictions, trials and tribulations. No matter what comes our way we can stand fast, firm and grounded because of the hope we have in the glory of God.
Think on this message from Paul to a dear friend Archippus and the church at Colossae, “Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it (Colossians 4.17, CSB). Why does this message to Archippus matter to us and rejoicing in the glory of God? God has called each of us into His family, to be part of whatever He is doing, wherever He is doing it. Hence, the ministry God has called us to is one we must ‘pay attention’ to, be diligent and obedient as God leads us along His path. It might not be easy or the way we want to go, but it will be God’s way and it will be the right way; therefore, it will be the obedient way and the way which leads to the glory of God.
So, we need to ‘pay attention’ and we need to accomplish what God has called us to. When we do, we will have a sense of joy in our hearts and a feeling of obedience that we did what God wanted and He used us to complete His goals. What a way to be in the glory of God.
Consequently, to remain in God’s glory we must be obedient to God; when we are obedient to God it can cause us to have afflictions, trials and/or tribulations in our life. However, in the end we can rejoice knowing we have paid attention to what God called us to, and have accomplished His task, His way. This is the greatest feeling we can have as God’s children after knowing not long before we had fallen short of the glory of God.
Our Heavenly Father, thank You for saving my soul, and bringing me into Your Glory. You did not have to change anything or do anything for me, yet Your amazing love and grace drew Your heart closer to me so I could have a chance to be a child of the King of Kings. I am amazed every day You would ever do such a thing for me, a sinful person who is not worthy of Your love. But You loved the world so much You sent Your Son so I could have eternal life. Lord, help me to hold onto this message, place it deep in my heart, and give me the words and strength to share Your gospel message to someone today. All this I pray in Your Son Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
 Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Ro 5:1–11). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
 Ibid., (Col 4:17).
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