"Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation" (Romans 5:9-11)
Paul’s logic is hard to argue.
If Jesus died while we were enemies, a few things are true. First, Jesus saves us from God’s wrath. Second, we are daily rescued from sin’s dominion. Third, this salvation is for life now.
Paul reiterates the point he’s been making until now. In Christ we have been justified. Which means we’ve been acquitted, made righteous and brought into a right relationship with God. Since this is certain, he points out that this also saved us from God’s wrath. When we were his enemies, Jesus died for us (Rom. 5:8), now that we are His friends, we can set aside the notion that God will ever deal with us according to what we deserve. Bottom line, if someone will die for you, they are for you, period!
In the same way, Paul continues his logic. If we are on friendly terms with God, it is certain he will continue to rescue us. The Amplified Bible mentions that this means we are daily delivered from sin’s dominion (Rom. 5:10 AMP).
Sin is a powerful force affecting everyone. We are born into it; broken because of it, and it has power over us our entire lives. It creeps in and affects all areas of our lives and relationships. It’s impossible to escape. Paul encourages that since we are reconciled to God, we are not only forgiven of our sins, but the life that Jesus offers helps to free us from the ongoing power of sin control. (All of which, he will explain down the road in chapters 6 and 7, stay tuned).
Incredibly, this means this salvation and deliverance from the power of sin is a current reality. Paul is not only offering hope for the future, but encouragement for today. This is often overlooked because it’s hard to reconcile this notion amid suffering. But take heart, he’s reminding us we have now received this gift. In fact, he says to rejoice in it.
What comes to mind when you hear, if someone will die for you, they are for you, period!
Have you experienced deliverance or reprieve from sin’s dominion as you walk with God?
What does rejoicing in your reconciled standing with God currently look like?
Original article published October 6, 2009.