Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rejoice in your Salvation

"Do you presume on the riches of [God's] kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed" (Romans 2:4-5).

But God sent his Son to be "put forward as a propitiation (wrath-bearer) by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Romans 3:25-26).

"Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, muchh more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation" (Romans 5:9-11).

We see clearly that every sinner deserves God's righteous wrath yet he sent his Son to be the propitiation for the wrath that we deserve. Through Christ's righteousness we are declared justified through his blood by faith as a gift to be reconciled to God. Then Paul writes, "We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ." This seems obvious yet I think it is in the Scriptures as a reminder to us as Christians to rejoice in the work Christ accomplished. Our sin runs so deep that the Holy Spirit knew to remind us to rejoice in our salvation. What a kind and gracious God we know and love.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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