In chapter five, Paul begins to describe the results of being declared righteous by faith alone. Believers have been reconciled to God; we have peace with God. It is therefore false to assume that any suffering we encounter is a result of God’s wrath. Rather, our suffering will result in God’s glory if we endure it and remain opened to what God wants to teach us. In fact, we can rejoice not only that our relationship with God has been restored, but that our suffering is an opportunity to glorify the One who gave His Son to suffer and die for us. We rejoice in the hope of God’s glory.
For next time, read Romans 5:12-21.
PP. 545-550 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary.
PP. 139-146 in the New American Commentary.