For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:6-11)
The unbeliever or pre-believer has no moral or spiritual strength to do what God commands. Yet even when we were a total mess—in that condition, Christ died for us.
When do human beings make the choice to lay down their lives for someone else? It happens rarely when a righteous person is involved; and at times one will lay down his life for someone he considers a good guy. But God is completely different, He goes way beyond that. He sent His Son to die for us when we were in rebellion against Him.
Here is the incredible truth about being reconciled to God: having been justified, we’re assured that we will never experience God’s wrath. If Christ’s death reconciled us to God, what does His life do for us? It completely delivers us (Greek word: sozo- to be delivered or protected).
Our reconciliation to God produces a very deep level of rejoicing; we rejoice in God, the only One who could pull off such an amazing feat of mercy! Sinners against God and enemies of God are now at one with God through belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amazing.
For Further Review
1. What moral or spiritual condition were you in when the Lord Jesus came into your life? Ponder the fact that Jesus died for you, knowing you were in that state.
2. Find as many one word descriptors as you can to describe this kind of love from God. Then ask Him to make His love real to you by His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:15-16).
3. Using whatever sources you can find (Bible Dictionary, commentary, Greek word studies), define reconciliation. What does reconciliation to God mean to you? What are its implications for your life, practically?
4. Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-20. What does this passage have to say about our ministry as believers? Pray for opportunities to fulfill this ministry in someone’s life soon.
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