We’re continuing through our study of Paul’s letter to the Roman church. We’ve seen the love of God being manifest in us because of the work of righteousness. This is all initiated by our turning to the Lord in faith.
Paul continues this teaching.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
This verse brings us to the next great blessing of our salvation. Now that we’ve been made righteous and justified by His blood, we’ve also been saved from His wrath.
This word, saved or sozo in the Greek language, is huge in regard to our faith. Our salvation means more than just being saved from a future in hell.
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.
The word that’s translated healed in this verse is the word sozo. Our salvation also includes being saved from sickness.
Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
Again, the word translated as cured, is the word sozo. Salvation also includes deliverance and protection from the enemy.
There’s so much that’s included in that word. Everything Christ purchased on the cross is all wrapped up in our salvation package.
So, when Scripture says that we’re saved from God’s wrath, it’s a powerful statement. I don’t ever have to be afraid that God’s mad at me. His love for me is unbreakable.
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
As Paul continues his teaching, he shows us the foolishness is thinking that God is mad at us.
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! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Too many people, believers included, think that God is sitting in Heaven just waiting for us to slip up. They’re afraid that one little mistake will take away all the blessings that the Lord has for them.
Paul shows that this kind of thinking is foolish. If Christ treated us this way when we were His enemies – He died for us – how could He ever treat us worse now that we’re reconciled?
He’s looking to impart His life into us. That life brings the total package of salvation He wants us to receive.
Furthermore, it’s something to rejoice about. We should live in an attitude of rejoicing because we serve a God who only wants the best for us.
Question: What can you rejoice about in the salvation you’ve received from the Lord?
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