Romans 5:1-11

Note:We have posted chiasms for the whole of Romans 4 and Romans 5:12-21 and I wonder if 5:1-11 has a broadly chiastic structure bounded by the blessing of justification by faith and reconciliation in Christ.  Verses 3-5 show step parallelism and 5:9-10 seems to be a convincing chiasm  centering on reconciliation, but it doesn’t fit neatly into the broader pattern – any thoughts? Could it be parallel with verse 4-5 – the apostle says in 8:24 that “we are saved by hope”. 

A.(1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God

B. through our Lord Jesus Christ:

C. a. (2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

(4) And patience, experience;

and experience, hope: 

(5) And hope  maketh not ashamed; 

D. because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

E’(6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

D’. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

(9) a. Much more then, being now justified by his blood,

b. we shall be saved from wrath through him.

c. (10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God

d. by the death of his Son,

c’. much more, being reconciled,

         b’. we shall be saved

      a’ by his life.

C’.(11) And not only so, but we also joy in God

B’. through our Lord Jesus Christ,

A’. by whom we have now received the atonement (reconciliation).

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