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Romans 5 Deuteronomy
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of
his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of
one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one
the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee;
that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Romans 5 integrates with the great Spoke 5 theme of Life that originates with the
creation of Life
and the First Blessing characteristic of the
Fifth Day of Creation. This is emphasised in
the Fifth Commandment with its promise of long life (uniquely reiterated in Ephesians on Spoke 5),
the Beatitudes of Matthew 5,
and the distribution of the phrase well with thee
that is strongly maximized in Deuteronomy, the Fifth Book:
The same theme is found on the Inner Cycle of John (cf. Life in Himself).
The Gift of Grace
Many Christian exegetes interested in Numbers and Scripture have seen a connection between Grace and the
Number 5. I believe this is correct, though not quite as obvious to me as the link between
Life and the Number 5 discussed above.
But now that I've seen it, I wonder how I ever missed it.
A large part of the association may well be due to the
natural link between the ideas of Grace and Life, but in any case we have many immediate witnesses to the
validity of this association. I begin with this KeyLink between Romans 5 and Ephesians (Spoke 5, Cycle 3)
based on the set ("By Grace", Gift, God) [Verify] :
|But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the
offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God,
and the gift by grace,
which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
||For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God.
Using modular notation to write 49 = 5 + 2 x 22 = 53, we arrive at this representation of
this KeyLink between Romans 5 and Spoke 5 of the Bible Wheel:
|KeyLink Set: ('By Grace', Gift, God)|
|PRomans( 5 ) PBible( 53 )|
Yet this is but the beginning. Romans 5 opens with the words:
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The highlighted words (Grace, Faith, "of God") [Verify] appear together in one and only
one other verse of the entire KJV, which, as you might have
guessed, is again Ephesians 2.8 - the primary Biblical witness of salvation by grace through faith, and
that "not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Glory! We have a second KeyLink between Romans 5 and Spoke 5
based on the fundamental theme of God's Grace:
|KeyLink Set: ('Grace', Faith, 'of God')|
|PRomans( 5 ) PBible( 53 )|
Now when evaluating the significance of KeyLinks like these, it is absolutely essential to keep in mind
the meaning of the verse, which in this case is one of the most significant verses in
all the Bible relating to the idea of Grace. These links are particularly intriguing in light
of the numerous KeyLinks between Romans 4 and Galatians (Spoke 4, Cycle 3). The thematic sweep of Romans follows the
pattern exemplified in the order of the Canon.
The dominance of the theme of Grace in Romans 5 can be seen in the distribution of the word "grace" in
the Book of Romans (KJV):
The secondary peak from Chapter 11 is primarily due to the use of the word grace three times in verse 6.
In Romans 5, the word is distributed in 6 verses throughout the chapter, which inicates it is
a theme that runs through the whole chapter.