Day 20: 40 Day Love Challenge
Day 20: Christ died for us when we were unable to help ourselves. We were living against God, but at just the right time Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6)
New Living Translation
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
What Does Romans 5:6 Mean? ►
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
We are made in the image of God to be god fearing, but as humans we have been born sinners weak and ungodly helpless and unable to help ourselves living in wrongs of the worldly living against God and God saw trouble and death for us as man kind and at the right time Christ came and died to save us all the godly and ungodly alike
Paul’s passion is to share the good news of justification by grace in simple steps, which gently lead to a conclusion. He explains that having been eternally saved by grace, we should glory in the trials and tribulations of life, which God uses to develop in us perseverance; a godly character and an unshakable and eternal hope in the loving promises of God
The precious promises of God are poured into our hearts by the Spirit and Paul cements his argument with the assurance that while we were weak and ungodly, without strength and without hope – Christ, the good and gracious God died for us – ungodly sinners who were dead in trespasses and sins.
Oh, what an astonishing contrast from our former selves is this glorious state of being in Christ. Our weakness is in opposition to His strength – our lack lies in contradistinction to His great bounty – our disinterested ungodliness starkly contrasts with His goodness, gracious, humility and deep, deep love.
God is never late but is always there at the right time; the best time; the needed time – His appointed time. And so, it was at the right time that Christ died. Some wonder why so long from the fall of Adam to the sacrifice of Christ? – but in God’s economy it was the right time for you and me and the right time for humanity as a whole.
How can we doubt His love, for He died for us when we were undesirable, unlovely and unlovable? But because of His great love He came as our representative man to be a pattern for our learning – living His life in the power of the Spirit to demonstrate how we too should live.
Let us be comforted in our own lives when we desire His workings and it seems that He has delayed or is long overdue. In God’s economy He will act at the right time – the best time.
– Romans 5:6-11
Christ died for the ungodly—those who actually were His enemies (on their part). We are all enemies of God until we are justified through faith in the person and work of Christ. God demonstrated the full scope of His redemption and love by having His Son die for the unrighteous. Jesus died for you and me. That is where God revealed His love. God does not save us by love. He saves us by grace because the guilt of sin has been removed by the death of Christ. As believers, we will escape God’s wrath, not because we are worthy, but because we have been saved by the grace of God. The fact that God hates sin does not make Him the enemy of sinners or seek their ill. His desire is for all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4). This truth concerning God’s grace allows us to experience a joy that can only come from being right with God. Peace, grace and hope are all experienced because of this wonderful doctrine of justification by faith.
The Big Question
How does your faith in Jesus impact the here-and-now? How do the benefits of justification shape your life (peace with God, access to God’s grace, hope, love of God, triumph in troubles, God’s Spirit, deliverance from wrath and eternal joy)?
Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.
What does Romans 5:6 mean?
Paul, writing in the previous verse, urged his readers to be confident that our hope in God will never be disappointed or put to shame. Why? Because God loves us. More specifically, He has poured His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Paul pictures God’s love for us as something we carry with us all the time, not merely the feelings of a distant deity.
Now, in this and the following verses, Paul provides evidence of God’s love for us. First, Christ died for the ungodly, which Paul clearly defined in earlier passages as all of humanity (Romans 3:10, 23). This sacrifice was made while we were still weak, or “powerless,” or “helpless,” depending on the translation. This comes from the Greek word asthenōn, which implies something feeble or sickly. Nothing about us earned this salvation. It was entirely offered on the basis of God’s grace, and at just the right moment.
This huge idea is key to the good news—the gospel—which Paul preached all over the world. First, it shows that God, the Father, and Christ, the Son, are so closely connected that Christ dying for us is evidence of God’s love for us. Together with the Holy Spirit, mentioned in the previous verse, the three are mysteriously united as one God.
Second, God proved His love for us by acting first. He didn’t make arrangements with us ahead of time, or wait for us to become strong and godly and worthy of being saved. He loved us and took action to save us while we were still helpless to save ourselves because of our sin.
Third, God showed His power by sending Christ to die for us at exactly the right time. Jesus arrived, lived, died, and was resurrected at the moment in history when His action would accomplish the most good for God’s plan. God’s timing, too, was motivated by His love for all of us godless people.
Romans 5:1–11 describes the amazing benefits that come with being declared righteous before God by faith in Christ’s death for our sin. God has made peace with us. We stand in His grace, and we rejoice in the sure hope that we will share in His glory. Our suffering brings growth, which leads to even more potent hope. God has proven His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We are saved from God’s wrath and reconciled to God in Christ.
Romans 5 begins by describing some of the benefits that come with being declared righteous by God because of our faith in Christ. We have peace with God, and we stand in His grace. We rejoice both in the hope of God’s glory and in our temporary suffering. We have hope that will not disappoint, because God has already proved His love for us. Paul then compares the work of Adam in bringing sin and death into the world with the work of Christ in dying for sin in order to offer God’s free gift of grace to all who believe