9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Think about the most intense confrontation or fight that you have ever been in with another person. If you reconciled with that person, how did you do it? When we get into confrontations and fights where there is wrath, there is a need for reconciliation, and that reconciliation always costs something. In Romans 5, Paul pointed out that spiritual reconciliation involves a change and an exchange that redeems a person back to God at great cost. From this reconciliatory work we receive the benefits of belief in Christ.

Some wonder why spiritual reconciliation is necessary. Our sin has created an intense wrath-inducing confrontation with God. Because God is holy, He must punish sin. In fact, His righteous character demands that He deal with our sin. Justice demands payment. However, in an act of divine love, God sent Jesus to suffer and die in our place. Christ willingly came to die as the substitute for our sin. By His death and shed blood, He is able to declare us righteous. In Christ we are “justified.” That means that when we follow Jesus, our sin—all of it!—is removed, and we stand before God completely forgiven and righteous in His eyes.

Since Christ declared us righteous even while we were ungodly sinners, then He will certainly save us from God’s wrath now that we are His righteous children. The first truth increases the likelihood and power of the second truth. We are reconciled to God by Jesus’ death, but our security is in His life!

• How does Romans 5:9-10 increase your confidence and expectation in Jesus’ return?

• What does this passage demonstrate about the character of God?

• Thank God for loving you, a sinner, by sending Jesus to die for you so that you might be restored to Him. Praise Him for the confidence and expectation you have in Jesus’ return and ask Him to help you share that confidence and expectation with others.