Romans 5:1-11 Exaltation in Jesus [Sermon Notes]

Romans 5:1-11 Exaltation in Christ

  • Topic
    • Exaltation: To lift up something in admiration and confidence.
    • Ex: Eagle in flight… surprise.. how great the creation and creator are…
    • >>> when heart lifts up in admiration… confidence…
  • Text
    • Theme= Exaltation… see v 2b, 3, 11…
    • Key Word: καυχώμεθα,
      • NASB: exalt KJV/ESV = rejoice,   NIV = Boast
      • Literally: to lift up
      • Figuratively: to Boast, exalt, lift heart and admire, put confidence in…
      • FCF: We lift our hearts in Self Confidence… self admiration… self worship…
        • Ex: negative sinful boasting… Rom 2:17, 3:27… boast in self-salvation…
    • Point: to boast/exalt in the Lord…
      • >>>Jesus must be our confidence… admiration… object to which we must lift our hearts
      • Ex: Positive boasting… in Jesus,
        • 1 Cor 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” Quoting Jer 9:24
        • 2 Cor 10:17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
        • Gal 6:14, May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
    • This Text gives three places to which we should lift our hearts….
  1. 1.      The Hope of Glory v. 2b

a)      2b Hope

  • Mis: Not a Wish… not a dream… not a vision…
  • Faith in Promise of the Future, Rom 8:24
  • Certainty about the Future…

b)      2b Of Glory

  • “Of” – The content “of” the future promise = Glory…
  • Glory/Doxa = The heaven and the resurrection… life in Paradise
  • Ex: Doxology… means the glorious shining beauty of the Lord in his work…

c)      ***Have the “Perspective of Hope”- puritan heavenly mind…

  • ***Not just wishful thinking….
  • ***Make decision now based on the future reality…
  • ***Matt 6:31-33…
  • Q: What lasts forever? Relationships, sanctification, doing what’s right!
  • Q: What lasts only in this life—  you eat, drink, wear do not!

d)      ***Lift your Heart to the Hope of Glory!!!

  • When lose loved ones,
  • When facing your own death
  • When being weaned from this life…
  1. The Love of God

a)      3a “And not only this, but we exalt in our tribulations”

  • Mis– We don’t boast about them… “I am soo awesome because I endure so much”
  • Mis– We don’t exalt them and worship them…
  • >>>We exalt in them…

b)      3b4, Because Trials bring growth…

  • One leads to the other…

c)      5-10, Because Trials confirm God’s Love to Us!

  • Q: If we exalt in trial, but not the trial itself,What do we lift up when we endure trial?
  • A: We lift up the Love of God !
  • 5, >>> Love of God poured out…
  • 6-7 Love’s Extent…  he died for enemies…
  • 8 Love’s cost
  • 9-10, Loves certainty (God loves while sinners… how much more when he has removed sin…)
  • 1John 4:9-10, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
  • >>>Our Trials remind us of the Cross!!!

d)      ***Exalt, admire, and lift up your hearts to God’s love!

  • When you suffer realize you have a mission!!!
  • *** that God is working on you
  • *** lift your heart to Christ who suffered!
  1. The Triune God

a)      Segue: remember in v 1-2a we learned about a new standing…. Which means peace and access to God….

  • >>>Here is the access again!

b)      11, “And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ”— cf. 5 Holy Spirit poured out…

  • >>>The Trinity!

c)      ***Lift your Hearts to God!!!

  • Ex: Questions and thoughts from Sunday school… how do we lift our hearts….
  • ***Don’t just go through motions— worship
  • Worship= lifting up your heart in admiration, adoration, exaltation…

d)     ***Be careful to Lift up to the Lord, not self!!!

e)      ***Be careful to Lift up in light of the Gospel of Grace

  • 11b.. “Through whom we received reconcilation”
  • Danger: Lifitng heart to earn something—
    • >>>Going to church to get a sin license
  • Conclusion
    • ***God calls you to humble your hearts before him….
    • ***Humbling your heart lifts him high!!!
    • Ex: Seesaw… one side down and one side up…. When we go down God lifted up…
    • FCF: the danger of self exaltation…
      • By works, by religion, by knowledge
    • Ex: Nebuchadnezzar… tree… lifted heart cut down… He did it… became a donkey man… hair nails and mind lost… finally when humbled… God restored him to his place…
    • >>>God must humble us to lift our hearts!!!
    • Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
    • ***The Gospel in humbling… sinner in need of salvation
    • ***The Gospel exalts the humble….
      • Ex: Christ’s Ascencion… exaltation now…
      • ***>>>We with him will be exalted!!!
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