Week of April 1 - Day 2

Day 2  Read: Romans 5:7-8

7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Reflect:  To what extent does God demonstrate His love for us?

Consider: But God has shown us how much he loves us is literally “but God shows his own love for us.” Several things should be said about this part of the verse. The verb rendered “shows” appears in 3:5 with the meaning “to show clearly.” In Greek, the verb appears in the present tense, which is to indicate for the readers that God’s love for us is not limited to the past, but has its relevance for the present as well. It is interesting to note, in this light, that the verb used in verse 5, has poured out, is in the perfect tense in Greek as in English. In Greek, this tense always throws emphasis on the relevance of a past action for the present.[1]

Respond: As you think about the words used to describe the relationship between God and man in verses 6, 8, and 10 of chapter 5, how does the death of Christ change that relationship? How would you describe the gap God has crossed to show his love for you?

 

[1] Barclay Moon Newman and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1973), 98.