Romans Project Week #3

Jasmine Timm teaching on Romans 5:1-5, talking about how hope is a benefit we receive when we’re justified by Christ and how even suffering can serve to deepen our hope. Hope is the receipt that we’ve been justified—it proves that we have already been purchased, and that something really great is awaiting us in eternity.

Intro:

Who’s purchased something recently?

Maybe you bought your lunch today. Maybe you just bought a new shirt. But they probably tried to give you a receipt, right?

Now I think the best receipts are the ones that are for something really big and really exciting. Like the confirmation email you get after booking a trip somewhere. They send you a receipt in an email to prove that you’ve purchased something and that you’re going to receive something, right?

I think one of the most exciting receipts I ever received was during my senior year of high school. My aunt wanted to take me on a graduation trip, and she bought a ticket for me to go to Hawaii. So not only was I going to Hawaii, but I didn’t even have to pay for it myself. Awesome, right? It was a pretty good receipt.

But I still had to get through school before I could go, and the year was not super smooth. I had a relationship that blew up which made everything messy. Then I went out of town for three weeks to serve at a camp to get out of Eugene, but even that was hard. Life just got kind of hard after I graduated.

But I still had that receipt to Hawaii. Things were messy, but I still had hope that I was about to go to an awesome place. The receipt that was under my name, and I didn’t even have to pay for it. I could get through all the hard stuff because I knew I was going to Hawaii for free.

Now here’s the thing: there’s a receipt thats even better. And here’s a prize that’s even better than Hawaii.

The greatest prize ever is that Jesus Christ justified us. He paid the price for us to be made right with God, the greatest treasure in all of the universe. God is the greatest thing in existence—even better than Hawaii—and Christ died in order for us to have him. He paid for us to be justified. It was free. We didn’t pay a dime.

And there is a receipt for this transaction. And that receipt is hope.

The justification Christ purchased for us also came with a receipt. Our justification brings hope that since we have already been made right with God, there are even better things that are coming. We have hope because we’ve been justified. Hope is the receipt of our transaction.

What I want us to see in this passage of Romans today is that our hope is the receipt of our justification. We’ve already been justified, but that justification has also provides hope. We’re going to look at what hope is, how it shows us what we already have now, and how it shows us what we have to look forward to.

Hope is the receipt of our justification.

So we’ve seen that God is glorious, and we are not. We’ve traded his glory for fake glory. We’ve surpassed the truth of his glory with lies.

And we’ve seen that in his glory—in his revealed perfection—he is still good and faithful and willing to save us. This glory is seen most clearly on the cross where Christ absorbed the wrath we deserved and turned God’s wrath toward us into favor.

So now we find ourselves in Romans 5. In the chapter before, Paul explains how this justification we’ve been talking about came by faith. Christ took bore penalty we deserved on the cross, and all we can do in response is acknowledge that we are in desperate need of a justifier and that Christ alone is that justifier. God is both just and the justifier, and when we see his love, justice and glory displayed on the cross of Christ, we respond in faith. Faith is saying that we can do nothing to save ourselves from the wrath of God and that Christ has done everything necessary for us to be brought near to God in a restored, loving relationship. It’s saying that Christ is the only one who can turn God’s wrath toward us into complete favor. It’s trusting that our sacrifices could never be enough, but that Christ’s sacrifice for us was enough to save us eternally.

And then comes Romans 5. Paul says, “Since we have been justified—[that is, made right with God]—by faith…we have hope.”

Why do we have hope? Romans 5:1-5 is showing us that one of the benefits of being made right with God is that we receive hope. Paul is introducing a theme that he will build out throughout chapter 8.

When we’re justified by faith, we have an unshakable hope because we know that on the last day we will be saved since it rests on Christ’s completed and perfect work and not our own.

This hope becomes the receipt of our justification, giving us the strength we need to move forward in trust that we have already been justified, and we have hope that we will be saved in the end.

What kind of hope is it? What are the good things to come? We’ll look more at this as we break it down.

Romans 5:1-5 diagram.jpg1.Basis: verses 1-2

Since we have been justified by faith through Christ we have:

  • peace with God
  • access into his grace, all the time

Remember, we’ve been justified. We’re been made legally right with God through Christ, by faith. And here’s what that justification has done for us:

2. Peace

It’s given us peace with God. When he says we have peace with God, he’s saying that we have friendship with God. Christ has not only made us right in a legal sense with God, but he has made us right in our relationship with God. We were once enemies, but through faith in Christ’s work for us we now have friendship with God.

Not only do we have that, but…

3. Access into his grace.

Remember, grace means unmerited favor. We have access into God’s favor, all of the time. These are things that Christ has already purchased for us. We have peace with God, and we have access to his favor. He have his friendship and we have his favor.

This basis of what Christ has purchased for us provides us with hope. It makes us look forward to the object of hope: God’s glory, his revealed perfection, that will come when we see Christ face to face after this life.

4. Object: verse 2b

Remember what hope is: the confident expectation of good things to come. God’s glory is coming in full, so we wait with confident expectation of the greatest thing to come: God’s glory flooding the entire universe.

5. Builder: verse 3-4

So now we’re faced with another question. How in the world does suffering end in hope?

My sister died in a car accident a year ago. She was 23 years old, the same age as I am right now. That morning when I woke up, I wasn’t expecting to get hit by suffering, but I did.

So what do we do with that? How does that end in hope?

Because God has designed it that way. Without Christ, suffering would crush us. If I hadn’t have known that I was purchased by Christ and brought near to God in the dark moments after my sister had passed, I wouldn’t have had any hope. But the sole fact that I belonged to God gave me hope. It was the basis for my hope.

And then the hope that I gained became a receipt of the relationship I had with God. Suffering began to serve me, instead of crush me.

How? Because it produced in me endurance. My faith was tested. This faith that we saw Paul talk about in chapter 4, it can be tested, and when it is, it learns how to endure. It learns how to ask questions like, is God really enough? Do I believe that he loves me deeply in this? And the answer is always yes. That’s what endurance does.

And then endurance builds character. We start to change. Who we are is transformed. We become the type of people who can say, “it is well with my soul.”

Do you know the story behind the guy who wrote that song? The man who wrote this song was a successful business man with a wife and 5 children. All of their children died tragically, one from pneumonia and four in a shipwreck. Then the wrote the song, “It is well with my soul.” And in his suffering he learned this. He learned that there was still hope to be had because he was purchased by Christ and belonged to God.

Through suffering, we become the type of people who hold onto hope. Hope becomes our anthem. It becomes our receipt, saying, “Look! This is proof that I have already been purchased and that I will be saved on the last day. I have something even greater coming.

You have probably experienced suffering at some point in your life, and you probably will in the future. Maybe you are:

Suffering for the sake of Jesus;

You lost a family member or a friend

Your mind just doesn’t work the way it was supposed to.

Some Christians will even be martyred for their faith

We are faced with death, pain, depression, anxiety, the possibility of being killed for the sake of Jesus. And all of this serves to build our hope. You see, the thing is, this life is a short little blip.

Imagine a rope that goes on forever—you cant see the end of it. And then you see this tiny, almost microscopic, red blip on that rope. That is how short our lives are here. We have hope because this isn’t all there is—more is coming, and what is coming is even greater.

Our hope is the expectation that greater things are coming, and that greater thing, the greatest thing, is Christ. He is coming. Life will be made well. But right now, we can say, “it is well with my soul” because we know that all will be made new when he returns.

Even more than this, God gives us greater reason to have confidence in this hope. Look with me at verse 5.

6. Confidence: verse 5

God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit

This hope does not put us to shame BECAUSE God gives us confidence that this hope is worth having. He does so by confirming in our hearts through his Spirit that he loves us.

Summary:

We can have hope because:

1. Justification provides our basis for hope

2. God’s glory is the object of our hope

3. Everything in this life, including suffering, can serve to build our hope

4. God’s Spirit gives us confidence that this hope is worth having

How do we respond?

  • with joy (go back and circle rejoice)
  • with hope

Our hope is that we wait with confident expectation for the greatest thing—God’s glory—to come in full.

And not just that. He purchased joy for you. He purchased hope for you. FOR ETERNITY. Eternal joy and eternal hope.

Christ died on a cross for our sins—for us—because he was driven by God’s love and because he wanted to bring us near to God.

He lived a perfect life that was filled with suffering, yet he never sinned. And he suffered on that cross so we could be free from sin. He suffered so we wouldn’t have to suffer eternally. He suffered so our suffering would result in triumph at the last day. He suffered so we could have hope. So we could have the unshakable hope of one day being with God, enjoying him and rejoicing over him and glorifying him forever:

So there is hope, this confident expectation we have of good things to come. We have hope that is coming, and hope now, if we choose to accept this hope that our justification is offering.

If you choose to accept Christ who loves you as the only one who can save you, hope is already yours.

Your hope is the receipt of your justification, and it is the proof that something even better is coming for you in the future.

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