But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
One very important step of understanding the Word of God is “reading with the correct tense of the verbs.” The verse above is an great example of such. The quick reading would say that “God demonstrated – past tense.” But that is not what it says. The verse says ‘But God demonstrates.”
So here I am excited once again. Not only, did God demonstrate His love one time at the cross when Jesus gave His life to rescue me from the wage of my sin and certainly this is a “Shout Now – Hallelujah”…but the word “demonstrates” is present tense. This means He is demonstrating love right now in the present. We understand better when reading the verse in context:
“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
6 While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. 8 But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:1-8
The Righteous dying for you and me, the unrighteous, the ungodly, the powerless-at His appointed time. This truth is “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” SELAH, pause and ponder!
God shows, continues to demonstrate His love just as we are told in Romans 8:31-39.
31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also give us all things with Him? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; 34 who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39
Just think about it…left on our own, any of these things would separate us from God. But the same God who purchased our salvation, the One who paid it all, Jesus the Christ, still demonstrates His love and keeps us until that great day when we shall see Him “face to face.”