justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
(5:1) "Being justified by faith"|
Is Salvation by faith alone?
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and
rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:||
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our
hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.||
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good
man some would even dare to die.||
The guilty are "justified" and "saved from wrath" by the blood of an innocent victim.
(5:9) "Justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath."
(5:10) "If ... we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son", then God is truly a monster.
(5:12) "By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so
death passed upon all men."
God punishes everyone for someone else's sin; then he saves them by killing an innocent victim.
Are we punished for the sins of others?
"By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin."
Death didn't enter the world a few thousand years ago because of Adam's sin. Death has been a part
of life since life first arose (on this planet, at least) a few billion years ago.
Who was to blame for original sin?
Must everyone die?
(5:14) "Death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned."
Has everyone sinned?
(5:18-20) God punishes everyone for someone else's sin; then he saves them by killing an innocent victim.
(5:18) "By the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation."
(5:19) "By one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
It's difficult to imagine a more unjust system.
(5:20) "The law entered, that the offence might abound."
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of
his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom we have now received the atonement.
Wherefore, as by one
man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned:
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there
is no law.
reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned
after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that
was to come.
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the
offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by
grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was
by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which
receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in
life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore as by the
offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by
the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Moreover the law
entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace
did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through
righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.