Week of April 1 - Day 4

Day 4  Read: Romans 5:11

11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Reflect: What final piece of the puzzle is complete through Christ?

Consider: It is agreed that reconciliation came through the death of Christ. The line of reasoning continues. How much more shall we be “saved through his life” (the “lesser” statement). Some take this as a reference to the life of Christ in the believer (for instance Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ”; Col 1:27, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”). It is better to understand it in connection with the intercessory ministry of the resurrected Christ. The author of Hebrews said that Christ “always lives to intercede for … those who come to God through him” (Hebrews 7:25). In the immediate context, the promised deliverance is more than eschatological. It is a daily deliverance from the power and dominion of sin. God has made every provision for us to live out our lives in holiness. His abiding presence provides the power to break free from the control of sin (6:18).[1]

Respond: Think about the journey from enemy to reconciled. Can you think of an example in our culture today where two parties have been at odds with each other and found peace? Why is that so rare today? What does the truth of Romans 5:11 say about the power of the resurrection?

 

[1]  Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 138.