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Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Romans 5:1-11

The phrase signed, sealed, and delivered has been around in the English language for the past couple of hundred years. It seems to have originally referred to validating an actual property deed. In order for the deed to be considered valid, the seller had to sign it, affix his seal on it and ensure it was delivered to the new owner.

Once the new owner had the signed, sealed, and delivered deed in his or her possession they now owned that piece of property. As such, the new owner could begin to live, find joy in and flourish on his or her new property.

Romans 5 begins a new section of Paul’s letter in which he makes the clear and compelling case for why those who’ve been declared to be in a perfect, permanent right standing before the living God through faith in Jesus Christ can be absolutely sure of our standing in Christ.

In other words, our redeemer Jesus Christ has signed, sealed, and delivered us into the grace, love, peace, and eternal care of the living God through His sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection.

As such we can now begin to live, find joy, and flourish in our new relationship with the living God. With that in mind, what does this passage reveal concerning living, enjoying, and flourishing in our new life with God through faith in Christ.

We rest completely in our absolute security.

We rejoice in God’s glorious hope.

We receive God’s purpose for suffering.

We revel in God’s amazing love

We rest completely in our absolute security.  Vss. 1-2. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Our absolute eternal security is spelled out in the first phrase of vs. 1.

Justified - we have Christ's own right standing.

By faith - not based on our own morality but through belief in His sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection.

Peace - we now exist in a harmonious relationship with the living God in which in Christ we’re perfectly aligned with His design and purpose.

In connection and union with Christ, we exist now and forever as objects of God’s unmerited favor.

Absolute eternal security is an important key in flourishing in our relationship with God since we’re assured He’s no longer angry with us and will never give up on us.

He’s granted us salvation, not probation.

In what are you absolutely certain?

We rejoice in God’s glorious hope. Vs. 2. Paul used the phrase God’s glory to refer to Christ’s return at which evil will be destroyed, those in Christ will be rescued and the entire universe will be renewed with a new heaven and new earth.

The word rejoice or boast simply means to speak well of or commend privately or publicly. Paul used it three times in this passage to highlight how we now have a consistent attitude of speaking well of the living God because of what He’s done for us in Jesus Christ.

So, we speak well of the living God because in Christ He’s guaranteed our participation in the new heaven and new earth.

What are you looking forward to?

We receive God’s purpose for suffering. Vss. 3-5. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Suffering here as in 1st Peter 1 speaks of the specific trouble that comes with our allegiance to and witness for our Lord Jesus Christ.

We don’t rejoice in the pain of suffering, rather for God’s purpose in it which is to have us more and more reflect the character of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We can speak well of our gracious God even as we endure the grief of suffering since we know His way of getting back at us, trying to further punish us or show us that He’s somehow displeased with us.

We can do so knowing that one of the main reasons God allows suffering in our lives is to highlight our focus on our one true hope in Christ.

Our focus on our hope always leads us to reflect on God’s love for us. It does so since most of us will admit we don’t like to suffer and would do everything we could to avoid it.

But not our Lord Jesus Christ. He knew the suffering that awaited Him and still went through with the Father’s plan that took Him to the cross.

For whom would you suffer?

For example, we might even donate a kidney to a stranger who needed it.

We revel in God’s amazing love. Vss. 6-9.  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

We revel in, that is we speak well of and commend the living God privately and publicly because He demonstrated His amazing loving grace to us by sending His one and unique Son to die for us so that we’d be His now and forevermore.