- The Passover. In Rom. 1-3 the leading features are the guilt of man, and the means by which God can righteously pass over sin; i.e. the shed blood of Christ.
- The Red Sea. In Rom. 4 we get the death & resurrection of Christ bringing us into a perfect standing before God.
- The Wilderness. In Rom. 5:1-11 we are brought into a place of peace and reconciliation, and yet experience trials as we experience His love, and learn many lessons in the school of God.
- The Red Sea (again). In Rom. 5:12 – 7 we get the death & resurrection of Christ again in the aspect of deliverance from sin and Satan.
- The Wilderness (again). In Rom. 8 we are brought again into a place that is characterized by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, the adoption of Sonship, and our cries of “Abba Father”, and above all, communion with God.
|Passover||Ch.1-3… man’s guilt and the blood of Christ|
|Red Sea||Ch.4… justification||Ch.5b – 7… deliverance|
|Wilderness||Ch.5a… peace, joy||Ch.8:1-17… communion|
Result #1: Peace with God (Past) (5:1)
- Peace with God (Rom. 5:1) – our standing.
- Peace of God (Phil. 4:7) – our state.
Result #3: Hope (Future) (5:2b)
2b and we boast in hope of the glory of God. v.2b We have a hope of future glorification (Rom. 8:30; 12:12). Our actual glorification will take place at the Rapture (Rom. 8:17, Phil. 3:21) when our bodies will be changed, and the moral transformation of our souls will be complete. But this hope includes not only that moment, but also the everlasting state that follows; the prospect of being face to face with the glory of God, and being perfectly suited to that environment! Hope in scripture is a deferred certainty; totally unlike the vain hopes of the people of this world.
Result #4: The Holy Ghost & Spiritual Education (5:3-8)
Result #5: Future Salvation (5:9)
Result #6: Present Salvation (5:10)
- High Priest (Aaron the priest) – The sympathetic sufferings of Christ as a man on earth fit Him to be our High Priest. Hebrews presents Christ as our High Priest maintaining us in the pathway.
- Advocate (Hur means “white” or “purity”) – His atoning sufferings which put away sin are the basis of His advocacy. 1 John presents Christ as our Advocate restoring communion if we sin.
- Redemption (Rom. 3:24). God has bought us back and set us free from judgment.
- Forgiveness (Rom. 4:7). God has removed the guilt of our sins.
- Justification (Rom. 5:1). God has brought us into a new position before God “in Christ”, where He declared us perfectly righteous.
- Reconciliation (Rom. 5:10-11). God has brought us back to Himself will all the old feelings of enmity exchanged for “joy in God“.
- Justification has to do with a change of thinking in God’s mind. God reckons the believer as righteous.
- Reconciliation has to do with a change of thinking in the believer’s mind. The sinner’s thoughts of enmity toward God are replaced with a believer’s rejoicing in God.