Food for Friday

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. Romans 5:10

Saved by His life? But haven’t we been taught that it is by the death of the Lord Jesus Christ that we are saved? Oh yes, that is wonderfully true! But it is also true that we are saved by his life. And in more ways than one!

The first way that we are saved by His life is in our deliverance from the death and judgment that our sin deserves. Because the Lord Jesus rose in triumph from the tomb that He borrowed from Joseph, we enter into that triumph. Although physical death may claim our bodies, our souls are set free from the judgment that we deserve. The new life that we have received enables us to echo the poet’s words: ‘There is no condemnation; there is no hell for me. The torment and the fire my eyes shall never see’. ‘Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him’ – Romans 5:9.

The second way in which we are saved by His life is in our access to daily victory in our lives as Christians. The unsaved have no power to live for God, because they are still dead in their sins. But we who are the recipients of the new life in Christ are able to serve our Lord. As we so often speak concerning baptism, we walk in newness of life. If we allow the Holy Spirit to be our Guide and Teacher, we can allow the life of Christ to be manifest in our own lives. The more we submit to His guidance and teaching, the more we will be like our Lord. ‘But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’ – 1 Corinthians 15:57. ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint’ – Isaiah 40:31.

The third way in which we are saved by His life is in our glorious hope of living with Him forever. We often say we are as sure of Heaven as if we were already there. And that is precious as we see the sin-soaked world around us ripening rapidly for judgment. No matter how bad the world gets, no matter how painful and sorrowful our experience gets, no matter how hopeless our earthly prospects get, we have every reason to rejoice in our eternal prospects. ‘For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal’ – 2 Corinthians 4:17,18.

The life of Christ saves us from hell, empowers us for victorious living, and assures us of Heaven’s rest. -Jim MacIntosh

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