Not Just Saved From Wrath

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  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.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Romans 5:9-11

The thing that amazes me about being a Christian is that there are so many different amazing things involved in it.

Our problem is our sin.  That sin separates us from God and will condemn us to an eternal death.  Jesus died on the cross in our place, taking our sin on Himself.  He suffered so that we would not have to suffer.

That in itself would be an amazing thing.  Salvation from our sins and being saved from the wrath that it is in our future is a great thing.  Having a hope of going to Heaven and avoiding an eternal death in Hell are great things.  Those things all deal with the future.  At the end of this life, they are going to be the things that we desperately need.  And Jesus has provided them all for us, and He has provided them openly and freely.

But that is not all that He has done for us.  Verse 11 tells us another aspect of our salvation – “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Not only are we saved from the wrath of God and reconciled to Him, but we can have joy in God through Jesus in this life.

In addition to saving us, He gives us joy and gladness in our hearts.  Every time we think about it, we can probably come up with another wonderful thing that Jesus has done for us!

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