6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 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! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
In verse nine and ten, we notice a remarkable transaction that has happened for those who believe on Jesus for salvation. On the cross, Jesus took our guilt from breaking God’s law and gave us His innocence. We now stand right with the Ruler of the Universe. Jesus removed our guilt, and we now stand as one who has never broken God’s law. What a gift!
But, more, not only does the death of Christ remove our guilt. But His life, His keeping of the Law of God perfectly, is now our life as if we kept it our self. All this is a gift of God when we place our faith on Jesus Christ for salvation.
So, Christ’s blood removes our guilt. Through faith in Jesus, we will never be declared guilty, by God, because of Christ’s perfect, righteous life. We will never, ever have to face the wrath of God. All this is a gift from Christ.
Notice in verse ten, the Bible states the unique beauty and loveliness of this act of God and the timing of it. It was while we were enemies of God. While we were enemies, Christ volunteered to come and save a people that despised Him.
In verse eleven, we have the best reason for the greatest joy. We have reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ.
What is reconciliation? Reconciliation is the complete change from a state of being enemies to being friends. Ephesians chapter two tells us that before we were Christians we were by nature children of wrath. Christ removed that wrath by bearing it for us on the cross. Jesus insured that we would never have to face God’s wrath by giving us His righteousness.
What does reconciliation do? Reconciliation produces a healed and restored relationship. Not just any relationship but the greatest relationship. The greatest relationship which God precisely created us for. God created us to enjoy a proper relationship with Him.
And a proper relationship with God should produce, in us, a proper relationship with the human race.
But, we’ll read more about that next week.