Romans 5:8
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New International Version
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

New Living Translation
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

English Standard Version
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Berean Study Bible
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Berean Literal Bible
But God demonstrates His love to us, that of us being still sinners, Christ died for us.

New American Standard Bible
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

King James Bible
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

International Standard Version
But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners.

NET Bible
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

New Heart English Bible
But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Here God demonstrates his love for us, because if when we were sinners, The Messiah died in our place,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us.

New American Standard 1977
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But God increased the price of his charity toward us in that while we were yet sinners the Christ died for us.

King James 2000 Bible
But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

American King James Version
But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

American Standard Version
But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But God commendeth his charity towards us; because when as yet we were sinners, according to the time,

Darby Bible Translation
but God commends his love to us, in that, we being still sinners, Christ has died for us.

English Revised Version
But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Webster's Bible Translation
But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Weymouth New Testament
But God gives proof of His love to us in Christ's dying for us while we were still sinners.

World English Bible
But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Young's Literal Translation
and God doth commend His own love to us, that, in our being still sinners, Christ did die for us;
Study Bible
Christ's Sacrifice for the Ungodly
7It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him!…
Cross References
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms.

Romans 4:25
He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification.

Romans 5:6
For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:7
It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?

Romans 8:39
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.
Treasury of Scripture

But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

commendeth.

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Romans 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what …

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his …

1 Timothy 1:16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus …

in that.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

1 John 4:9,10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

(8) Commendeth.--The English word happily covers the double meaning of the Greek. The same word is used (1) of things in the sense of "prove" or "establish," here and in Romans 3:5; (2) of persons in the sense of "recommend," in Romans 16:1.

His love.--Strictly, His own love. The love both of God and of Christ is involved in the atonement. Its ultimate cause is the love of God, which is here in question. The love of Christ is evidenced by the fact of His death; the love of God is evidenced by the love of Christ.

Toward us.--The question whether these words should be taken as in the English version, "His love to, or toward, us," or whether they should not rather be joined with "commendeth"--"commendeth to us"--is chiefly one of reading, the words being variously placed in the different authorities. The balance of evidence is close, but perhaps the translation may be allowed to remain as it is.

Sinners.--There is, of course, a stress upon this word in contrast to "the righteous man," "the good man," of the preceding verse.

Verse 8. - But God commendeth his own love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. The emphatic "his own" is lost sight of in the Authorized Version. It is not in contrast to our love to God, but expressive of the thought that the love of God himself towards men was displayed in the death of Christ. This is important for our true conception of the light in which the mysterious doctrine of the atonement is regarded in Holy Scripture. It is not (as represented by some schools of theologians) that the Son, considered apart from the Father, offered himself to appease his wrath - as seems to be expressed in the lines, "Actus in crucem factus es Irato Deo victima" - but rather that the Divine love itself purposed from eternity and provided the atonement, all the Persons of the holy and undivided Trinity concurring to effect it (cf. Romans 3:24; Romans 8:32; Ephesians 2:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:16: John 3:16; 1 John 4:10, et al.). If it be asked how this Divine love, displayed in the atonement, and therefore previous to it, is consistent with what is elsewhere so continually said of the Divine wrath, we answer that the ideas are not irreconcilable. The wrath expresses God's necessary antagonism to sin, and the retribution due to it, inseparable from a true conception of the Divine righteousness; and as long as men arc under the dominion of sin they are of necessity involved in it: But this is not inconsistent with ever-abiding Divine love towards the persons of sinners, or with an eternal purpose to redeem them. It may be added here that the passage Before us intimates our Lord's essential Deity; for his sacrifice of himself is spoken of as the display of God's own love. But God commendeth his love towards us,.... That is, he hath manifested it, which was before hid in his heart; he has given clear evidence of it, a full proof and demonstration of it; he has so confirmed it by this instance, that there is no room nor reason to doubt of it; he has illustrated and set it off with the greater lustre by this circumstance of it,

in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. God's elect were sinners in Adam, in whom they were naturally and federally, as all mankind were; hence polluted and guilty; and so they are in their own persons whilst unregenerate: they are dead in sin, and live in it, commit it, are slaves unto it, and are under the power and dominion of it; and many of them are the chief and vilest of sinners; and such they were considered when Christ died for them: but are not God's people sinners after conversion? yes; but sin has not the dominion over them; their life is not a course of sinning, as before; and besides, they are openly justified and pardoned, as well as renewed, and sanctified, and live in newness of life; so that their characters now are taken, not from their worse, but better part. And that before conversion is particularly mentioned here, to illustrate the love of God to them, notwithstanding this their character and condition; and to show that the love of God to them was very early; it anteceded their conversion; it was before the death of Christ for them; yea, it was from everlasting: and also to express the freeness of it, and to make it appear, that it did not arise from any loveliness in them; or from any love in them to him; nor from any works of righteousness done by them, but from his own sovereign will and pleasure. 8. But God commendeth—"setteth off," "displayeth"—in glorious contrast with all that men will do for each other.

his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners—that is, in a state not of positive "goodness," nor even of negative "righteousness," but on the contrary, "sinners," a state which His soul hateth.

Christ died for us—Now comes the overpowering inference, emphatically redoubled.5:6-11 Christ died for sinners; not only such as were useless, but such as were guilty and hateful; such that their everlasting destruction would be to the glory of God's justice. Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us. Nay, the carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself, chap. 8:7; Col 1:21. But God designed to deliver from sin, and to work a great change. While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God, Zec 11:8. And that for such as these Christ should die, is a mystery; no other such an instance of love is known, so that it may well be the employment of eternity to adore and wonder at it. Again; what idea had the apostle when he supposed the case of some one dying for a righteous man? And yet he only put it as a thing that might be. Was it not the undergoing this suffering, that the person intended to be benefitted might be released therefrom? But from what are believers in Christ released by his death? Not from bodily death; for that they all do and must endure. The evil, from which the deliverance could be effected only in this astonishing manner, must be more dreadful than natural death. There is no evil, to which the argument can be applied, except that which the apostle actually affirms, sin, and wrath, the punishment of sin, determined by the unerring justice of God. And if, by Divine grace, they were thus brought to repent, and to believe in Christ, and thus were justified by the price of his bloodshedding, and by faith in that atonement, much more through Him who died for them and rose again, would they be kept from falling under the power of sin and Satan, or departing finally from him. The living Lord of all, will complete the purpose of his dying love, by saving all true believers to the uttermost. Having such a pledge of salvation in the love of God through Christ, the apostle declared that believers not only rejoiced in the hope of heaven, and even in their tribulations for Christ's sake, but they gloried in God also, as their unchangeable Friend and all-sufficient Portion, through Christ only.
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