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Romans 5:8​—“While We Were Still Sinners, Christ Died for Us”

 “God recommends his own love to us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8, New World Translation.

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

Meaning of Romans 5:8

 Jehovah * God showed great love when he allowed his Son, Jesus Christ, to die in behalf of sinful humans. (John 3:16) As sinners, humans tend to think and act in ways that go against God’s righteous standards. (Colossians 1:21, 22) However, God made it possible for us to become reconciled to him “through the death of his Son.” (Romans 5:10) As a result, we can have the opportunity to enjoy a good relationship with God now and the prospect of eternal life in the future.—Romans 5:11; 1 John 4:9, 10.

Context of Romans 5:8

 The apostle Paul wrote these words to Christians living in Rome. In what is now chapter 5 of his letter to the Romans, Paul explained why Christians could rejoice and be confident of their hope. (Romans 5:1, 2) That hope “does not lead to disappointment,” because it is based on God’s great love expressed through Jesus. (Romans 5:5, 6) Jesus maintained perfect obedience to God, something that the first man, Adam, failed to do. (Romans 5:19) Adam’s disobedience resulted in sin and death for his descendants. (Romans 5:12) In contrast, Jesus’ perfect obedience and sacrificial death make it possible for obedient humans to have the hope of everlasting life.—Romans 5:21.

^ Jehovah is the personal name of God as revealed in the Bible.—Psalm 83:18.