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Saved from God's Wrath—Romans 5:9-11

"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.

Reflect

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?

Previous: Romans 5:7-8  Next: Romans 5:12

Original article published October 6, 2009.

Christ Died While We Were Enemies—Romans 5:7-8

"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:7-8)

Christmas Eve 1914, German soldiers began singing Silent Night. Across the battle line Allied soldiers recognized the tune and joined in their language. Bitter enemies suddenly had a common ground.

As singing continued, both sides ventured into no-man's-land to share food and cigarettes. The next day, fighting would resume, but the commonality of a hymn brought bitter enemies a Christmas truce for a few hours.

In war, rarely do enemies extend the offer of peace, even for a few brief hours.

Paul uses a similar example. We know people who have died in war, giving their lives for a greater cause. However, it is inconceivable to think someone would die for their enemy. Let alone offering peace at their expense.

However, that is exactly what Jesus did. While we were enemies of God, Christ died for us and offered us a peace treaty with God (Rom. 5:10).

Paul said in the beginning of Romans that humanity became God-haters (Rom. 1:30). He listed the desires within us that made us adversaries of God (Rom. 1:29-31). Paul’s conclusion was humanity deserved to die (Rom. 1:32).

Amazingly, God had mercy on us! God showed His love by sending Jesus into the enemy camp to rescue us. He showed up while we hated him.

The offense of sin was great, God could not overlook it. His solution was Jesus dying a criminal’s death on a Roman cross in our place while we were His enemies (Rom. 4:25).

This ceasefire was an invitation to venture into no-man's-land, where God was waiting for us with open arms. The Apostle Paul says now we have peace with God (Rom. 5:1)

Unlike the story of the World War I soldiers, our peace treaty with God lasts for more than a few precious hours. In Christ, we now stand in a constant state of peace and acceptance (Rom. 5:2). In Christ, we are not God’s enemies; we are His friends.

Reflect

What comes to mind when you hear you were an enemy of God

What comes to mind when you hear that Jesus’ death on the cross was God’s demonstration of love?

Previous: Romans 5:6  Next: Romans 5:9-11

Original article published July 24, 2009.

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  • About Juli Camarin

    About Juli Camarin

    I’m passionate about Jesus, His Word, living in His grace,
    using technology and creating beautiful things.
    But mostly my passion is about spreading the
    gospel of Jesus to a world that needs Him.

       

    about Juli Camarin

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    About Juli Camarin

    I’m passionate about Jesus, His Word, living in His grace,
    using technology and creating beautiful things.
    But mostly my passion is about spreading the
    gospel of Jesus to a world that needs Him.

       

    about Juli Camarin

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