Bible Study: From Grace to Peace

 

Bible Study Question – Romans 5:1-11

Give a definition for the word “grace.” How does your definition fit into 1 Corinthians 15:10?

What does faith do for us? Verses 1,2; Psalm 9:9-10; 1 Chronicles 20:20; Matthew 17:14-20; Hebrew 11:1-3; Ephesians 2:8, 6:16; 1 John 5:13-15

What is the “hope of the glory of God” that Paul refers to in vs. 2? Matthew 16:27;            Romans 8:16-19, 23; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; Colossians 3:4; 1 John 3:2

 What terms does Paul use to describe our condition prior to salvation? verses. 6,8,10. In your own words, summarize what these terms tell us about man’s condition apart from Christ.

How is God’s love for us so amazingly different than any human love? Verses 6-8 (Expand on this)

What are the benefits that this passage tells us we receive through Christ? Verses 1,2.9,10,11

 Paul speaks of the sufferings Christians encounter in vs 3. Where else do we hear of these tribulations? Matthew 13:21; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 6:4; 7:4; 8:2; Colossians 1:24; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; Hebrews 10:33; 2 Timothy 3:12. What, therefore, should we expect?

An end to suffering is NOT one of the things we are promised. How is it possible to rejoice in suffering?

What does it mean to be “reconciled” to God? Verses 10-11; Ephesians 2:14-16; Colossians

1:19-20

 Other versions translate the word weak in verse six as powerless, which is a more common translation. What are we powerless to do?

What does it mean that Christ died “at the right time”? Verse 6; Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 9:24-26

 The work of Jesus Christ on Calvary is the basis of all spiritual blessings as mentioned in verse 6-8. What does this do for us? 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:14-19; Colossians 1:17-22, 2:1-3, 3:1-4

 What has the blood of Jesus Justified us from? Romans 1:18 Describe what you think this wrath looks like?

What does reconciliation with God mean to you? How would you explain this to a non-believer?

 

The word that is translated “grace” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word “charis,” from which we get charity.  Here is how Zondervan’s NIV Bible Software Library describes this word:  “The biblical concept of grace is much greater than is suggested in the common definition of “unmerited favor.” “Grace” is a word that expresses a radical view of life and of relationship with God.  Grace teaches that God’s attitude toward us is one of acceptance and love; knowing God’s heart, we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence” (Heb 4:16) with every sin and need.  Grace is a dramatic statement about the human condition. Each person is helpless, trapped in sin and incapable of pleasing God or winning his favor.  Grace is a proclamation. It is the triumphant announcement that God in Christ has acted and has come to the aid of all who will trust him for their eternal salvation.  Grace is a way of life. Relying totally on Jesus to work within us, we experience God’s own unlimited power, vitalizing us and enabling us to live truly good lives…grace is not simply a basic orientation to relationship with God. It is also a practical approach to living the Christian life. This aspect of grace helps us to understand the warning found in Gal 5:4, that those “who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; [they] have fallen away from grace.” Any attempt by believers to struggle toward a life of goodness by works of the law means a return to the futile way of religion. It involves reliance on ourselves and an abandonment of reliance on Christ, who alone can enable us to live righteous lives. We cannot approach Christian experience from the old perspective, for grace and religion are contradictory. We can only live by full commitment to the way of grace and all that grace involves.”

 (Note:  Bible study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

 

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