"We also rejoice in God..."
Text: Romans 5:11
SO MANY REASONS TO BRING ABOUT A SPIRIT OF REJOICING
What should characterize the spirit of the genuine believer in the Lord Jesus Christ? Paul certainly exemplified this spirit in life and ministry. He radiated this powerful spirit of joy in all his writings! Let us ponder what he suggests in the following text.
“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now
received the reconciliation.”
Let us make a list of reasons why we should maintain this spirit of rejoicing! Seven reasons may be highlighted:-
1. We have been justified by faith (Romans 5:1)
2. We have peace with God (Romans 5:1)
3. We have bold access to God (Romans 5:2)
4. We have a glorious hope (Romans 5:2)
5. We have the love of God (Romans 5:5, 8)
6. We have been saved from wrath (Romans 5:9)
7. We have been reconciled to God (Romans 5:10)
WHY THE EMPHASIS ON THE SUBJECT OF REJOICING?
There may be many reasons why Paul emphasized on the challenge to have this spirit of rejoicing. The following thoughts may be suggested.