Reflection on Rom 5:9

Since we have now been justified by His blood,

how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!

This verse, which we are going to recite for two weeks, is preceded by the following verses in the same chapter: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.” (Rom 5:6-7)

Verse 8 then emphasizes: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

And this is followed by verse 9: “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!” We need to know that we have been justified by nothing less than the blood of Jesus! And thus we are also saved from the just punishment for our sins; we are saved from God’s wrath.

The Scripture continues: “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!”

Let us notice the words justified by His blood – i.e. the blood of Jesus. It means that we have received the righteousness of Jesus, and through His blood God no longer sees us as debtors since Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, has once and for all paid the debt for all our sins. On our part, we need to realize again and again the saving faith which presupposes that we admit our sins both before God and before ourselves, and not conceal them, and that we turn with trust to Jesus on the cross every time we say during our prayer stop: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner!” Saying these words, we can imagine again as if five rays of light come out of each of the wounds of Jesus towards us, into our heart. Therefore we need to know the essence of our salvation, which is the faith in Jesus Christ, in His blood which He shed on the cross for my sins. Am I grateful to Him? Do I love Him, or am I indifferent to Him?

 

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“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

Gal 3:26-27 (17/6/2018 – 1/7/2018)