Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.Romans 5:9(NASB)
Having led us step by step to the realisation that we are all unrighteous sinners in need of a Saviour, and having made it crystal clear that we are saved as a gift of God's grace through faith in the unchangeable Word of truth, Paul guides us through the meaning of justification (which means being declared righteous by God through faith in Christ), and he outlines reasons why we can only be proclaimed righteous by faith in Christ alone, and not because of our own merit or any good works that we do.
He explains that it is through Christ that we have peace with God, and it is by grace through faith in Him that we have access to this free gift of salvation. It is only through faith in Him that we have moved from death to life, and through Him that we have passed from eternal separation from God into the heavenly sphere of justified access.
This is indeed a cause for rejoicing, for by faith we have been declared righteous and brought into the family of God, and it is by grace through faith that we have been made a joint-heir with Christ and given a share in His glory, when in fact we merited nothing more than eternal damnation.
Indeed, we discover that the supernatural love of God is far beyond our understanding, as was demonstrated when God sent His only begotten Son into the world to become the sacrifice for our sins, even dying for us when we were His bitterest foes.
And as we read through this fifth chapter of Romans, we discover that this astonishing free gift of salvation, which is accessed by faith alone in Christ alone, is multiplied into an even greater and a much more wonderful truth; for having now been justified by His blood, we will also be saved from the wrath of God - and all because of our faith in Christ. Having been declared righteous by faith, we now have an additional promise that we will be delivered from any contact with the wrath of God, which the Bible tells us is still future for a Christ-rejecting sinful world - and it is all by faith in Him.
Paul argues that if the sacrificial death of Christ is sufficient to have justified us, how much more will His resurrected life keep us from the wrath that is to come upon the whole world. His sacrificial death paid the price for our sins, while His eternal life breaks forever the power of sin and death in the life of those who believe, by faith.
The death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ not only secured our justification by faith but also it assures us that we will be delivered from any future wrath of God. His death was the means that declared us righteous in the sight of God, and His life guarantees that our life in Him is eternal - and it is all by grace through faith in Christ.
Heavenly Father, how I praise You for Your goodness and grace, in that while I was still a sinner, Christ not only died for me and justified me by grace through faith, but His resurrected life guaranteed me freedom from all future condemnation and wrath. He alone is worthy of all glory and praise, AMEN.
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