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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Romans 5:8-21 Monday - Justifed by Jesus’ blood. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him (Romans 5:8-9). What an amazing thing! While we were still sinners, Christ died for us!  What an amazing demonstration of God’s love toward us!  And notice Romans 5:9.  We are justified by Christ’s blood. This word justified.  What does it really mean?  Youngs literal Translation uses the word "reconciled."  I looked up the Strongs definition of the word translated “justified” and I found: “To render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent: - free, justify (-ier), be righteous.”  God regards us as righteous, just, and innocent by the blood of Jesus Christ. So today, go forward believing you are declared righteous!  Live in the joy and freedom God provides! Tuesday - Reconciled and saved by His life. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10). The word translated “reconciled” implies reconciliation on both sides.  Here are some thoughts on this reconciliation by commentator Albert Barnes: [Reconciliation] means that there were obstacles existing on both sides to a reconciliation; and that these have been removed by the death of Christ; and that a union has thus been effected. This has been done in removing the obstacles on the part of God - by maintaining the honor of his Law; showing his hatred of sin; upholding his justice, and maintaining his truth, at the same time that he pardons; Note, Romans 3:26. And on the part of man, by removing his unwillingness to be reconciled; by subduing, changing, and sanctifying his heart; by overcoming his hatred of God, and of his Law; and bringing him into submission to the government of God. So that the Christian is in fact reconciled to God; he is his friend; he is pleased with his Law, his character, and his plan of salvation. And all this has been accomplished by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus as an offering in our place (Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible: Romans 5:10). If God loves us so much He died for us while we were His enemies, how much more can we expect salvation once we accept His sacrifice and are reconciled, no longer hostile enemies. He declares us clean and righteous because we trust in Jesus’ blood which He shed in our place. Have you put your trust in God’s love?  Have you put your trust in Jesus who died for you?  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16, KJV). Wednesday  - Joy in God because we are united as one. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement (Romans 5:11, KJV). In our studies the last couple of days, we’ve reviewed the meaning and import of two words: justified and reconciled.  These two words have a lot of significance when describing our relationship with God. We are “justified, “treated as innocent, just as if we have never sinned. We are “reconciled,” the obstacles that sin placed between God and ourselves are removed.  Removed from God’s perspective because the awful debt of sin was paid by Jesus Christ.  Removed from our perspective because we are no longer in rebellion against God. Today’s text brings up a new word: “atonement.”  We “joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”  The word transalted “atonement” comes from a derivative of the word translated “reconciliation” in the preceding verses.  In fact, in both the King James Version and Young’s Literal Translation, it is indeed translated “the reconciliation.”  Atonement simply means we are no longer enemies.  The price was paid and we are now At One.  We are united.  We are reconciled. And so we rejoice!  We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the atonement or the reconciliation.  We are forgiven, we are cleansed, we are justified, treated just as if we had never sinned, and we rejoice!  Nothing beats the joy we find as we experience union with God!  We are As One. Thursday  - Sin came by one and so did salvation. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. . . .  For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many (Romans 5:12,15) Paul teaches with an interesting analogy here.  Sin came through one human being, and as a result, the entire world became filled with sin.  Its like watching a rotten spot on an apple spread until it consumes all the apples in the container.  Sin is like that rotten spot on the fruit.  Sin, when unchecked spreads everywhere.  It devours everything in its area sparing nothing. Paul reminds us. Once our first parent rebelled against God, way back there in the Garden of Eden, sin spread to all human beings, and death came along with sin.  Like the rotten spot on the apple, sin spread to all and all have sinned. The good news is just as sin and death came through one human, salvation and life came through one human, Jesus Christ.  “For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.”  “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Friday/Weekend - While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:20-21).. Did you catch that? Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more!  I’m SO thankful for that!  God’s grace is abundantly sufficient!  Our text tells us when sin presses in and abounds, God’s grace abounds much more.  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV). My friend, no matter what the temptation, no matter what Satan is pressing in on you today, God has provided all you need to walk away free! No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).  [W]here sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:20). s.” Press <Control>+D to bookmark this page 2010-2012 Marvin Glass, Inc. And now back to more great Southern Gospel Music!