And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; As members of the body of Christ we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Worketh - Produces; the effect of afflictions on the minds of Christians is to make them patient. In accordance with this, our Saviour directed his followers to rejoice in persecutions, Matthew 5:11-12. May my life be a testimony to Your goodness and grace, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; I. According to Paul (and according to Jesus, as He says in Matthew 19:4-6), Adam and Eve were real people and what they did has a lasting effect to the present day. What does Romans 5:3 mean? "...Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope..." (Romans 5:3-4) Heavenly Father, thank You for my salvation, and the hope that I have in Christ. In tribulations - In afflictions. The one emotion with which the Christian should front all the facts, inward and outward, of his earthly life. III. We are set-apart unto God and we have become kings and priests. Indeed, a thorough study of New Testament scripture, shows that there are hundreds of verses that remind us of who we are in Christ, and what God has done for the born-again believer. This was written near the close of his life, and it states the personal experience of a man who endured, perhaps, as much as anyone ever did, in attempting to spread the gospel; and far more than commonly falls to the lot of mankind. Romans 5: 3-5. The Consecration Of Spiritual Energy (part 2). Romans 5:3. continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and not to be moved away from the hope of the gospel, ΚΑΥΧΏΜΕΘΑ ἘΠʼ ἘΛΠΊΔΙ Τῆς ΔΌΞΗς, καυχᾶσθαι ἐν ταῖς θλίψεσι, ΖῆΝ ΜΕΤᾺ ΚΑΚῆς ἘΛΠΊΔΟς, οὐ μόνον δὲ ἀλλὰ καὶ καυχώμεθα, ὑπομονὴν κατεργάζεται, And not only so, but we glory in tribulations, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Later in Romans (12:15), Paul says, “weep with those who weep.” He does not say, “Exhort those who weep to exult in their trials!” Compare James 1:2, James 1:12. That wonderful designation of the one object of Christian hope which should fill, with an uncoruscating and unflickering light, all that dark future. We are to maintain an attitude of thanksgiving and praise, in the midst of our suffering. We have been given peace with God by our Lord Jesus Christ, and are no longer estranged from Him through sin.. for we have been redeemed with a price - i.e. He is teaching that suffering for the sake of Christ, is a badge of honour for the saint of God. He who on earth was most afflicted was the most patient of all sufferers; and not less patient when he was "led as a lamb to the slaughter," than when he experienced the first trial in his great work. The Christian process. Romans 5:3 (NKJV) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; We rejoice in sufferings "knowing" - it is the knowledge of the effects of suffering that enables the Christian to rejoice in them. Patience - "A calm temper, which suffers evils without murmuring or discontent" (Webster). And experience, hope. Just as through one man sin entered the world: The Apostle Paul regarded Genesis 3 as totally, historically true. I. Tribulation gives rise to patience, coming from a verb which signifies “to keep good under” (a burden, blows, etc.) 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans chapter 5, however, is one passage that provides a foundational understanding of who we are in Christ. The Bible does not encourage us to deny reality, put on a happy face, and pretend that we’re just praising the Lord, when in fact we’re hurting inside. the precious blood of Jesus Christ. These benefits are only available to believers—the "we" Paul uses here indicates saved Christians, not the entire human race. It is through faith in Him that we have access to God's amazing grace, which enables us to stand fast in this evil day.. and causes us to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. We are called to holiness and we are accepted in the Beloved. i. (4) Tribulation itself gives us different and various occasions to rejoice, and more than this it does not make us miserable. knowing this, that tribulation worketh patience; patience is a grace, of which God is the author; it is one of the fruits of the Spirit; the word of God is the means of its being first implanted; and afflictions are the means of promoting it, when they are sanctified; otherwise they produce impatience, murmurings, and repinings; there is great need of patience under them; and, by divine grace, they are the matter and occasion of exercising, and so of increasing it. Sharp contrast of glory and tribulation. Tribulations has the article; the tribulations attaching to the condition of believers. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned; a. Knowing - Being assured of this. Year after year of suffering produces increased peace and calmness of soul; and at the end of his course the Christian is more willing to be afflicted, and bears his afflictions more calmly, than at the beginning. The Byproduct of Faith—Romans 5:3-4. Endurance, in its turn, worketh experience--the state of a force or virtue which has stood trials. Yet he, like all other Christians, could leave his deliberate testimony to the fact that Christianity was sufficient to sustain the soul in its severest trials; see 2 Corinthians 1:3-6; 2 Corinthians 11:24-29; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. (3, 4) A climax in which are put forward higher and higher grades of fortitude and constancy. However, Paul insists that they should never be a cause for complaint.