Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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God's Love Poured Out
Romans 5:1-11 Commentary
by J.R. Daniel Kirk
Last week’s study of Romans 1:1-17 highlighted how our response of faith joins us to a story that has come before -- the story of God’s long fidelity to the people of Israel.
Today’s passage picks up with our being brought into the story through faith and propels our vision to the future, when we will enter fully into God’s own glory.
Romans 5:1-11 weaves together themes of faith, love, hope, and glory, threading them through the story of the Christ event, the past work of God on our behalf, our current standing as God’s beloved children, and the future God holds in trust for us.
Faith, hope, and glory (vv. 1-2)
Verse 1 passes the baton from the courtroom metaphor of justification to images that reflect on our ongoing relationship with God. Faith is not simply a matter of a one-off response to the gospel message. It places our entire life on new ground.
Having been justified by faith, we have peace. Peace with God.
Here we catch our first glimpse of an aspect of salvation that will become a main theme over the next four chapters: alienation from God is not merely a matter of breaking some rules, it is a signal of cosmic warfare. Humanity ...
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May 10, 2015
Narrative Lectionary podcast on readings for May 10, 2015: Romans 5:1-11 (Accompanying text: Matthew 11:28-30).