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1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 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. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 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. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 12 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: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death 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. 15 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. 16 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 justification. 17 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.) 18 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 of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

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1 Sarah R = "See Charles Spurgeon´s sermon on this verse at:http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/3392.htm"
2 Deena E = ""Justified by faith"This justification was prophesied of by Isaiah (53:11).Not that those who believe in Christ are innocent, but by Christ's righteousness are we rendered us righteous."
3 Sarah Mangum = ""
4 Enakshi Ganguly = "Expounding the Faith"
5 Sarah R = "By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.- Romans 5:1-2 The Message version"
6 Cary W = "When we are joined to God through Christ, we will experience His very same griefs with the sin of man, which continues until the perfect is revealed.  Until then, we can count it all joy, even give thanks for another opportunity to clean with God, to redeem with God, to forgive and sanctify with Him through the working of His Own Spirit within us."
7 Sarah R = "For so it is: you stand before God as accepted as Christ is accepted: and notwithstanding the inbred sin and corruption of your heart, you are as dear to God as Christ is dear, and as accepted in the righteousness of Christ as Christ is accepted in his own obedience.- Charles Spurgeonhttp://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/3392.htm"
8 Enakshi Ganguly = "Lesson from the Book of Romans"
9 Sarah R = "Acts 5:41 ¨The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.¨"
10 Enakshi Ganguly = ""of the glory of God," as prepared for us. Thus have we hope in two distinct ways, and at two successive stages of the Christian life: first, immediately on believing, along with the sense of peace and abiding access to God ( Romans 5:1 ); next, after the reality of this faith has been "proved," particularly by the patient endurance of trials sent to test it. We first get it by looking away from ourselves to the Lamb of God; next by looking into or upon ourselves as transformed by that "looking unto Jesus." In the one case, the mind acts (as they say) objectively; in the other, subjectively. The one is (as divines say) the assurance of faith; the other, the assurance of sense.Source: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/romans/romans-5.html "
11 Cary W = "God's work in us is a total gift of grace, mercy and the abundance of having His very own Holy Spirit dwell in our hearts and shower us with the love of God, which alone strengthens, patience and hope."
12 Enakshi Ganguly = "The Reason for Hope"
13 Enakshi Ganguly = "Bible Lesson"
14 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Christ died for sinners; not only such as were useless, but such as were guilty and hateful; such that their everlasting destruction would be to the glory of God's justice. Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us. Nay, the carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself, Romans 8:7Colossians 1:21. But God designed to deliver from sin, and to work a great change. While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God, Zechariah 11:8. And that for such as these Christ should die, is a mystery; no other such an instance of love is known, so that it may well be the employment of eternity to adore and wonder at it. Again; what idea had the apostle when he supposed the case of some one dying for a righteous man? And yet he only put it as a thing that might be. Was it not the undergoing this suffering, that the person intended to be benefitted might be released therefrom? But from what are believers in Christ released by his death? Not from bodily death; for that they all do and must endure. The evil, from which the deliverance could be effected only in this astonishing manner, must be more dreadful than natural death. There is no evil, to which the argument can be applied, except that which the apostle actually affirms, sin, and wrath, the punishment of sin, determined by the unerring justice of God. And if, by Divine grace, they were thus brought to repent, and to believe in Christ, and thus were justified by the price of his bloodshedding, and by faith in that atonement, much more through Him who died for them and rose again, would they be kept from falling under the power of sin and Satan, or departing finally from him. The living Lord of all, will complete the purpose of his dying love, by saving all true believers to the uttermost. Having such a pledge of salvation in the love of God through Christ, the apostle declared that believers not only rejoiced in the hope of heaven, and even in their tribulations for Christ's sake, but they gloried in God also, as their unchangeable Friend and all-sufficient Portion, through Christ only."Source: http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=45&c=5"
15 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Three signal properties of God's love are here given: First, "Christ diedfor the ungodly," whose character, so far from meriting any interposition in their behalf, was altogether repulsive to the eye of God; second, He did this "when they were without strength"--with nothing between them and perdition but that self-originating divine compassion; third, He did this "at the due time," when it was most fitting that it should take place (compare Galatians 4:4 ), The two former of these properties the apostle now proceeds to illustrate."Source: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/romans/romans-5.html"
16 Deena E = "This is truly some crazy kind of love! Paul was saying that people generally are unwilling to lay their lives down for a good man, but God loved us so much that he sent Christ (the only good [perfect, sinless] man) to die for us while we were clearly in the wrong."
17 Cary W = "This one truth crucifies all our own efforts to seek God, Spirit, truth or eternal life.  The foundation Stone for all men is now Christ, who replaced the old man of sin (Adam) with the new man, Christ.What we were incapable of doing, pleasing God, God performed for us, so that while yet fallen, weak and dead in our trespasses, He has made us alive in His Beloved Son."
18 Sarah Mangum = ""
19 Enakshi Ganguly = "Romans 5:8 (Pinterest)"
20 Deena E = "Reconciliation:One of God's ultimate goals for sending Christ was to reconcile believers back to a right relationship with him. Adam and Eve once shared a perfect relationship with God; Christ came to restore that."
21 Deena E = "The word atonement means at-one with. Through Jesus and his finished work on the cross, believers are considered to be at one with God."
22 Sarah R = "This refers to the sin committed by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. See Genesis 3."
23 Sarah R = "This refers to what the church calls the doctrine of original sin:¨Original sin is the doctrine which holds that human nature has been morally and ethically corrupted due to the disobedience of mankind's first parents to the revealed will of God. In the Bible, the first human transgression of God's command is described as the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden resulting in what theology calls the Fall of mankind. The doctrine of original sin holds that every person born into the world is tainted by the Fall such that all of humanity is ethically debilitated, and people are powerless to rehabilitate themselves, unless rescued by God.¨There are wide-ranging disagreements among Christian groups as to the exact understanding of this doctrine, with some so-called Christian groups denying it altogether. Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, and Islam acknowledge that the introduction of sin into the human race affected the subsequent environment for mankind, but deny any inherited guilt or necessary corruption of man's nature.¨http://www.theopedia.com/Original_sin"
24 Deena E = "Although sin existed, there was no blame placed on people for sin until the Law was given by Moses. For example: I'm driving 100mph on a freeway, but there are no speed limit signs. This is considered extremely unsafe, but not an offense against any law, if the law is not given. Likewise, there was no blame for sin until it was written on tablets and recited for fall to plainly understand.Well after Adam's disobedience, was the law given through Moses. "
25 Deena E = "Here Paul portrays the polarity between Christ's obedience and Adam's disobedience. Genesis 3 references the Great Fall of mankind by the disobedience of Adam and Eve. God gave them a food provision for everything in Eden except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve was deceived by the serpent, and then ate from it and gave some fruit of the tree to Adam.The affects of eating the fruit of the tree were tragic--the scripture says that Adam and Eve's eyes became opened and they knew of their nakedness and were ashamed. Feeling shame is a horrible aftermath of sin. Shame could very well be one of the worst feelings one has to endure: it can lead to guilt, sadness, [self-]hatred, anger, blame, etc. And as we continue reading the story, we see these other things coming into play."
26 Deena E = "Adam's disobedience gave every human to come after him the nature of sin. Christ however, is found thousands of years after Adam, in another garden: the Garden of Gethsemane. The night before Jesus would be crucified, he is found praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt," (Matthew 26:39). It is apparent here that Jesus did not want to be crucified or endure the pain, rejection, full weight of sin, the judgment and wrath that Adam's disobedience brought upon all humanity. Nonetheless, Jesus was unwilling to disobey God. It is this obedience and the belief in it that makes many righteous or in right-standing with God."
27 Cary W = "Talk about a complete, turn the world upside down miracle.  Even as sin greatly abounded, grace raced past it all, placing us all not just at peace with God by grace, but also giving a share in the dominion of life with Jesus, for all eternity.We deserved wrath and punishment, yet God, in His great wisdom and mercy, wills to make us fellow kings and priests!"