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).
So here we are with God’s love coursing through us, what an amazing thing. He chosen us, but we did not come to a full understanding of who He was through His gospel only, but also in the power of the Holy Spirit, and with full assurance” (I Thessalonians 1.4-5, CSB, emphasis added). The Holy Spirit, has testified to us about what Christ did as He sanctified us forever by His one and only sacrifice on the cross (Hebrews 10.9-18). The Holy Spirit provides us with comfort, wisdom and understanding (John 14.26, 15.26), He can even intercede for us when we do not know what to pray for (Romans 8.26).
Paul has taken the time to remind us what we have been given under Christ’s sacrifice, and through God’s righteousness. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are sealed until the day of redemption, but we must never take any of this for granted. We must always remember how we got here and continue to be thankful for the sacrifice that was made.
Verse six begins by saying, “You see, at just the right time…” Look here, pay attention to this, when the time was right, when all the proper things were set. It is interesting how God waited so many years before He sent His Son into the world to clean up our mess. Think about it for a minute; Adam and Eve sinned at the very beginning (Genesis 3) why did not God just wipe them out and start over, or just send His Son there and pay the price for our sins. Or instead of the great flood (Genesis 6-10) with Noah, why not send His Son here, or how about when He brought the children of Israel out of Egypt and they sinned, moaning and groaning before going into the promise land, why not there. Or During King David’s time, David was known as the “Man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13.22). Surly Daniel would have been a great time, he was a righteous man, always praying always seeking God and obeying Him no matter what, why not then. Why was the right time 4 B.C. during the reign of King Herod, a man who would slaughter all the male children under two years of age in Bethlehem (Matthew 2.16).
The answer of course is simple yet complicated, it is in God’s timing, it must show God’s mercy and grace and be able to have the greatest impact on humanity. It also must fulfill scripture, the Old Testament was not completed until about 400 years before Christ was born, and man was not ready for Christ to come into the world. John the Baptist’s parents were not born, Romans were not in full control over the Jews, to put it simply, the time was not right. But as the verse says, ‘just at the right time…’
‘We were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly’ (Romans 5.6, NIV). We were powerless to do what? We were powerless to save ourselves, we could not escape Satan, we could not escape sin, we could not escape our punishment, we could not please God in anyway, we were powerless to do anything about our condition. What a terrible feeling to be powerless, knowing there is nothing we can do to fix the situation we are in; we must rely on someone else to help us out. It is hard, especially when we have to ask for that help.
However, Christ did not wait for us to ask, God did not wait for us to ask, ‘in the right time…’ God sent His Son, His one and Only Son, to be the Propitiation for our sins. As Paul said, “Christ died for the ungodly.” How much greater love can someone have than this? How can anyone demonstrate their love for anyone better than dying for someone else? This is exactly what Christ did for us.
It is hard to imagine someone dying for a righteous person, or even a good person, someone might die for. Many years ago; to be exact it has been 24 years this past September I donated a kidney to my youngest brother. He had many medical problems throughout his life and without this kidney he would not be alive today. Four years ago, his son donated his kidney to his dad, extending his fathers life. Kidney donation is not a huge sacrifice but it does require some life style changes, and there is a lot of pain with it (at least when I donated mine in 1996). The point is; sacrifices are difficult to make, and require scares, pain and giving up something. They are never free, they always cost the donor something usually much more than the recipient.
Praise is rightfully Yours, God, In Zion; vows to You will be fulfilled. You answer us in righteousness, with awe-inspiring works, God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the distant seas. You establish the mountains by Your power, robed with strength (Psalm 65.1, 5-6). Lord You are the only One to be Praised, You brought Christ into the world at the right time, I can look throughout all history and say, “why not here?” but You know why not. I thank You for Your timing, for Your love and mercy and care. I thank You that You did not just discard us, but had a plan from the very beginning. When Adam sinned, You said, “I will make a way to bring you back into right relationship with Me.” I thank You, You never forgot us, and I ask You for strength, wisdom, and courage to show Your love and mercy to all I see today. Lord, may I have opportunities to share the gospel today and will You prepare those hearts to hear Your word. 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.,. (1 Th 1:4–5).
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