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Romans 5:1-8 brings out an interesting juxtaposition. We are justified by faith. What do we do then? We rejoice in hope of God’s glory. What else? We live in a world full of activities. Those activities involve suffering. But the suffering leads eventually to a great hope in Christ.
How does that hope and rejoicing in God’s glory work out? Throughout the Bible we find that God’s idea of wisdom seems like foolishness to us. His idea of strength is accomplished through what we might consider weakness. He conquers death by dying. He overcomes opposition through forgiveness. He brings children where there was nothing but barrenness. He creates things out of nothing, by his word. So where will we find hope? We find it as we realize that we who were week, we who were sinners, have been rescued from sin and death. Here is God’s glory - to forgive sin and to bring life through his death.
In this world full of work we are finally brought to faith, which, after all, is the only thing that can justify us.
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