The Love of God - Part 3

by Wayne Barber

We have been looking at Romans 5:6-10 and seeing the love of God that He has for each of us. We have seen so far, the black backdrop that Paul has painted, against which God's love brilliantly shines. Man was hopeless and helpless; ungodly, and living as a sinner when Christ came to die for us (see Rom. 5:8). If that isn't the most beautiful picture of love!

Now look at verse 9: "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Paul says "Much more, then..." Can it get any better? The word means "far beyond this."

Let's look at the term "having now been justified by His blood."  In verse 1 of this chapter 5, we saw that we are justified by faith. But that's looking at it from our side. But we must also see it from God's side. The blood had to be shed. The death of Jesus satisfied the love of God. But it was the shedding of His blood that satisfied the justice of God.

Jesus could have died of a heart attack. He could have fallen off of a cliff and broken His neck. But He didn't. Christ shed His blood willingly!! "Thou hast given Me a body to do Thy will, oh God," He says in Hebrews. Spirit does not bleed, but a body does. And the life is in the blood!

It was not just divine blood; it was not just human blood, but it was divinely human blood that had to be shed by the perfect man, the God Man for our sins! Therefore, His sacrifice could be accepted by the Father. So we are justified by His blood. Yes, it is faith that is required, but He had to shed His blood! This was the greatest act of God's love for us! He died a cruel death! His blood was shed on the cross that you and I might be saved. 

But that's not all! Paul goes on to say: "we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him." What is the wrath of God? Paul uses the definite article here, which separates this wrath from that which is already being revealed to man right now. In Romans 1:18, Paul says:  "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness." That is present tense—right now! But here Paul is looking down the road. Even though the wrath of God is now being revealed, there is coming a time when that wrath is going to become the great wrath of God, which will be without any mercy!!

What Paul is saying is, "Listen. We are now in Christ. We never have to fear the wrath of God."  Just as in the Passover in Egypt, the wrath fell on the Lamb, not on those who trusted God. Jesus, the True Lamb of God, took the wrath upon Himself. A man either receives the Lamb or he receives the wrath of God. Alongside the fact that the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness of men, and one day will fall with all its fury, is a parallel truth. The love of God has been demonstrated on the cross. The Lamb took the wrath upon Himself. When we were ungodly—helpless sinners, who were wicked and cared nothing for the things of God, Christ died for us! 

If you are still saying "God doesn't love me," you haven't been listening!

The first shade of black was our ungodliness; and the second was that we were sinners of the worse kind; but the third shade is that we were enemies of God! To me, this is the worst one. "For if while 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" (v. 10).

Strap your seatbelts on! You see, we were in Adam—all men are born into Adam. Because of that, we were sinners, enemies of God. When we receive Jesus by faith, then "we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." But an even greater truth is now revealed.: "Much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." Christ's death and the shedding of His blood when we received Him by faith delivered us from the penalty of sin. He now lives in us; He daily saves us from the power of sin! From ourselves. But one day He will save us from the presence of sin! "We shall be saved" is in the future passive!

We can all anticipate daily being rescued from ourselves as He lives His life in and through us! But also, one day in the future, we will be saved by His life that is in us from the presence of sin. That's what Christ did for us on the cross! How in the world could anyone ever say "God doesn't love me"?

So, when life doesn't work out the way you thought it should, when you are squeezed by life's circumstances, don't shake your fist in God's face and tell Him that He doesn't love you! Remember what He did for you on the cross! If He loved you when you were His enemy, when you were a sinner; why do you think that now, since you have peace with Him, He doesn't love you? Makes no sense whatsoever, does it?

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