VERSE OF THE DAY
Romans 5:10 (New Living Translation)
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
For while we were still sinners we had been enemies of God yet our relationship became restored by the death of God’s son no longer having us enemies and through Jesus life through the son of God we were reconciled and saved renewed in life in Christ
What Does Romans 5:10 Mean? ►
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Having laid the indestructible foundation that sinful man is irrefutably lost and at enmity with God through rebellion and sin, and having proved that all humanity have fallen far short of the glorious perfection that God expects from His creation – Paul jubilantly proclaims the triumphant victory of Christ’s finished work on the cross.. over Adam’s sin and our inherent sin nature.
Although sin caused us to be weak and powerless to help ourselves, we discover that Christ died on behalf of the ungodly – justifying and acquitting all who believe in Him for salvation and bringing us into a right relationship with the Father .. through time into eternity.
It was Christ’s blood.. shed on the cross of Calvary that freed us from the indignation and wrath of God – which was poured out on Him in our stead. It was not because of our goodness that we were delivered from our just punishment for sin.. for it was while we were still enemies of God and dead in our trespasses and sins.. that Christ died for us.
Having been made righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ, while we were still enemies of God and wallowing in sinful rebellion.. and having received the free gift of eternal life, by grace through faith in Him… how much more certain is it that during this life, we shall be delivered daily through Christ’s resurrection life, from the dominion of sin in our lives.
Praise God that if, when we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Himself by the death of His only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.. how much more certain is it that having been brought back into right relationship with the Father, we shall be saved by the indwelling life of Christ,as we travel through our journey of life.
What does Romans 5:10 mean?
This verse very closely follows the pattern of the previous verse, but it also contains key changes. Verse 9 emphasized the legal standing of those who trust in Christ: We have been justified, and we will not experience God’s judgment. Put another way, we have been declared “not guilty,” and we will not be condemned. This is important to understand, since earlier passages made it clear that we are not, in actual fact, righteous people (Romans 3:10, 23). The point of salvation by grace through faith is that we are forgiven, and declared righteous, thanks to Christ, though we don’t deserve it.
This verse shifts to focus on our personal relationship with God. Those who trust in Christ are reconciled to God by Christ’s death, even though we were God’s enemies, because of our sin. In other words, Christ’s death in our place for our sin made it possible for us to enter into a real and personal relationship, something not possible without Christ. Before we came to this point, God considered us enemies due to our rebellious sin. Now He considers us His beloved children.
Since we were reconciled with God by Christ’s death, Paul writes, how much truer is it that we will be saved—rescued from being eternally separated from God, and from His angry judgment—by Christ’s life. This may refer to Christ’s sinless life on earth before the crucifixion or it may refer to Christ’s resurrection from the dead, which showed that God’s justice for our sin had been fully satisfied and concluded.
Romans 5:1–11 describes the amazing benefits that come with being declared righteous before God by faith in Christ’s death for our sin. God has made peace with us. We stand in His grace, and we rejoice in the sure hope that we will share in His glory. Our suffering brings growth, which leads to even more potent hope. God has proven His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We are saved from God’s wrath and reconciled to God in Christ.
Romans 5 begins by describing some of the benefits that come with being declared righteous by God because of our faith in Christ. We have peace with God, and we stand in His grace. We rejoice both in the hope of God’s glory and in our temporary suffering. We have hope that will not disappoint, because God has already proved His love for us. Paul then compares the work of Adam in bringing sin and death into the world with the work of Christ in dying for sin in order to offer God’s free gift of grace to all who believe.
April 17, 2017
The Two Halves of the Gospel in Romans 5:10
When we read through the Bible, Romans 1:15 may not stand out too much to us. In it Paul says, “For my part, I am ready to announce the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” On the surface, this sentence seems quite ordinary and unsurprising; after all, Paul preached the gospel to many people.
But in verses 6-7, Paul clearly states who he was writing to: “the called ones of Jesus Christ,” “the called saints.” He was writing to the believers in Rome. If we stop and think about verse 15 in this context, a question arises: Why would Paul need to announce the gospel to believers in Christ who have already been called and saved? The answer lies in the two parts of the gospel of God presented in Romans 5.
What is the gospel?
What comes to mind when you hear the word gospel? Maybe we recall the phrase good news, or we think of Christ’s dying on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Maybe we remember verses like John 3:16, about God so loving the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that we could have eternal life.
Usually we regard the gospel as being about the redemption of Christ, His forgiving us of our sins, and His saving us from eternal judgment. And verses like Romans 3:24, which says, “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,” tell us redemption is a major part of the gospel. Without Christ’s redemption we’re hopeless, and we can have nothing to do with God. Praise God for our redemption!
But the gospel doesn’t actually end with redemption. That’s why Paul was ready to announce the gospel of God to the believers in Rome—because there’s more.
Romans 5:10 says,
“For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled.”
We were once God’s enemies, but through Christ’s death on the cross we were reconciled to God! How incredible! But the verse doesn’t end there. Following this incredible statement is the phrase much more. We’ve received an incredible reconciliation, but there’s much more! What could be more than forgiveness for our sins, salvation from eternal perdition, and reconciliation to God?
Being saved in Christ’s life
The answer to our questions lies in the next phrase of the verse: “much more, we will be saved in His life.”
So what does being saved in His life mean? Let’s look at note 4 on this verse in the New Testament Recovery Version to understand this phrase:
“To be saved in Christ’s life is to be saved in Christ Himself as life. He dwells in us, and we are organically one with Him. By the growth of His life in us, we will enjoy His full salvation to the uttermost. Redemption, justification, and reconciliation are for the purpose of bringing us into union with Christ so that He can save us in His life unto glorification (8:30).”
The first half of Romans 5:10 speaks of God’s saving us in an objective, positional way, which was accomplished by Christ’s death on the cross. This is the half most of us usually think of when we consider the gospel. But God’s heart isn’t just to save us outwardly from eternal destruction. Actually, as the note points out, our redemption, justification, and reconciliation are for our salvation in Christ’s life. This is the focus of the second half of Romans 5:10.
In John 11:25, Jesus said that He is the life. When we believed in Him, He came to live in us, in our human spirit, as life. Now He wants to spread Himself as life into all our inward parts. By His spreading and growing in us, He saves us in His life from all negative things such as our flesh, our old man, our self, sin, the world, and more.
These negative things manifest themselves in our lives in many ways and show us our need to be saved in His life. Perhaps we have a bad temper, or we’re lazy, jealous, impatient, proud, selfish, unclean, divisive, or worldly. We have so many things within us we need salvation from on a daily basis!
For example, the Lord wants to save us in His life from the anger we feel, and from what comes out of that anger, when someone cuts us off while driving. He wants to save us in His life from our impatience with our children, our irritation with our spouse, or our exasperation at work or at school. In situations like these, the Lord wants to save us from our natural responses by spreading within us as life. We can experience being saved in His life from our anger, impatience, irritation, exasperation, and many other things, by learning to turn to the Christ who lives within us, in our spirit, and opening these feelings to Him. When we genuinely open our situations and feelings to Him, we allow Him to come into that place in our heart and fill it with His life.
A practical way to experience being saved in His life is to call upon the name of the Lord. This simple prayer helps us turn back to Christ within and begin opening our heart, even our angry or hurting heart, to Him. We’ll also discover that daily spending time with the Lord to pray, confess our sins, allow Christ to operate in us, and enjoy Him in the Word is a joy and a privilege that greatly opens the way for us to be saved in His life day by day.