Reconciled by His Death, Saved by His Life

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Romans 5:10

We looked a little at this verse yesterday, but we will look at it a little more in depth today.  This verse tells us that “when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” and it tells us “we shall be saved by his life.”  In this one verse, we find two aspects of salvation and of being a Christian.

First, we see that we can be “reconciled to God.”  The word “reconciled” simply means “to restore friendly relations between two parties.”  The Bibles says that we are reconciled to God “by the death of his Son.”  The thing that long separated us from God was our sin.  But, on the cross and by His death, we can be forgiven of those sins.  That takes away the thing that separates us from God and we can say that we are “reconciled to God.”  We can look at that as the negative aspect – we had sins that had to be dealt with and Jesus took them upon Himself.

Second, we see that we can be “saved by his life.”  The previous verse says that we are “saved from wrath through him.”  His resurrection and His life give us life.  They give us freedom from fear and dread.  They give us a reason to live and a sure hope for the future.  Jesus does it all for us – He takes away our sin, and gives us life.  What a wonderful Saviour!

If we had only our sins forgiven, it would be a great thing, but we also have life in Him and through Him.  As Jesus said in John 10:10b, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

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