Romans 5:6, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”
Here, in verse six, the NASB and the NST match up word-for-word. It was a shorter verse, but it’s still a good feeling to know that your translation was matches a credible work like the NASB.
Anyways, this is one of those verses that makes you stop and think about the love of God (as Paul referenced in the previous verse). There’s nothing one can even say, except to recognize God’s unconditional, incomprehensible love. Christ died for us while we were still DEAD in sins, children of WRATH, and all together DISOBEDIENT, deserving of nothing but the just punishment for our sins. Yet, it is in this state that Christ died for us. And it is this picture that God expects us to carry with us in our daily interactions with others.
- How does this change the way we treat the person who has sinned against us?
- Should we wait for repentance or seek out restoration?
- How does this change the interaction with our spouse in a moment of disagreement (hint: see Ephesians 5:21-33)?
- Is divorce a reasonable Christian response to a troubled marriage, especially considering that our marriages are to represent Christ’s love for the church?