Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:9-end
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
For—because, on account of, for this reason. Resurrection shows God’s approval of what Christ did. Shows Christ’s power over sin and death. Guarantees new life in Christ. Salvation is not simply removing old sin, but raising up to new life.
1 Corinthians 15:17--“If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins”
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Peace—reconciliation that leads to calm and rest, as opposed to enmity, conflict. The same faith that justifies is the same faith that introduces us to benefits of new relationship with God—glory. Peace with the God who has wrath on unrighteous people!
Rejoice—boast, glory, triumph; not just being happy.
Romans 5:3-5—not just future glory and rest, but active now.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Our justification and access put tribulations in right place, not a sign of God’s displeasure, but things that increase our boasting in hope. Experience—proof, a tried integrity, approvedness. How you bear up under tribulation shows whether you have this faith that entered you into his standing in grace!
Shed abroad—poured out, God’s love is abundantly poured into us as we go through these tribulations and grow.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure [undoubtedly] for a good man some would even dare to die.8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
You can’t doubt the love because Christ died for those without strength--weak, powerless to work out own salvation, helpless you! Righteous—law abiding. Good—does good to all, not legal obligation but sincere care. People rarely die for good people; Christ died for bad people.
Commendeth—sets off, displays, show, exhibit. When we were neither good nor righteous, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.10 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.11 And not only so, but we also joy [glory] in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the [reconciliation].
Enemies—what our sin makes us to God, and sin is only what an enemy of His would do. It is a mutual state—we consider ourselves to be His enemies and He considers us to be His. We’re not working together, going the same way.
Dog and I enemies—choke collar reconciles us.
If Christ went through the pains of death for you, how much more will He do in life for you?! Especially since now we are no more enemies but friends? His death justifies us; His life continues to sanctify us, make this reality real now.
Reconciled—God’s move toward man to break down man’s hostility with a corresponding move on man’s part toward a loving God. All that caused the divide is removed in Christ.