555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

517. What Does Paul Mean in Rom. 5:7?

"For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die" (Rom. 5:7). The apostle is illustrating the fact of the Atonement by the facts of everyday life. He says it is hard to find one man who will die for another, even if that other be righteous; but that for a man who is really good (a stronger, warmer word than righteous) some might be found who would be willing to die. Then follows the keen application: Though we were neither good nor righteous, yet Christ died for us.