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Yellow Balloons Devotional Series: Advent

Romans 5:9

The Apostle Paul writes to the world-renowned believers in Rome, the center of the world at that time, in order to answer a slanderous charge made to them against Paul and his message. Paul’s detractors claim his emphasis on faith overturns the law. Paul says that ” just living by the law” does not achieve personal justice before God, while “just living by faith” does. Paul then demonstrates what a just life looks like: harmonious living with Jesus as the leader. Paul also makes clear the choice a believer has: to walk in faith and the power of the resurrection and experience resurrection life, or walk in sin and unnecessarily experience the negative consequences.


Paul defends his gospel against slanderous charges from competing Jewish “authorities”. Paul demonstrates that the Bible teaches both Abraham and David were justified before God by faith, and that is the only way any human can be justified before God.


Through faith in Christ’s, we have been justified, and thus saved from the wrath of God that Jesus bore for us on the cross.

 

Here, Paul makes a cause-effect statement. It is unreasonable that the blood of Jesus would justify us, yet we are justified by His blood because of the love of God (verse 8). Having been justified in the sight of God by grace through faith, we shall be saved by God from the wrath of God through Him.

 

In Romans 1, it is made clear that God’s wrath is poured out upon ungodliness and unrighteousness wherever it is found. In Romans 13, Paul will point out that the government has been appointed by God to execute His wrath against unrighteousness using “the sword.” So, if we cheat on our taxes and are arrested, that is God’s wrath. How then is it that we are saved from God’s wrath when the adverse consequences of sin are still a possibility for us?

 

There are two ways God “shall” save us. One is in His sight. Since all believers in Christ stand justified before God by the blood of Jesus, the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus instead of being poured out upon us. We do not have to fear being separated from the family of God. That wrath is never a prospect for us.

But we still live in the world, and the world is full of sin and the world is full of wrath from the consequences of sin (from our own sin natures and from Satan). However, as Paul will more fully develop as the book of Romans continues, the resurrection power of Jesus is now available to believers through the indwelling Spirit of God. By walking in faith daily, we can overcome the adverse consequences, the wrath of sin. Paul will tell us that walking in sin brings death, earthly condemnation, and slavery. We have been delivered from all of these things through believing in Jesus. However, we can still choose to sin instead of walking in the resurrection power we have received.

 

The resurrection power of Jesus gives us the power to overcome sin and death, and walk in righteousness. Once again, this verse touches the theme of Romans: that the righteous person is one who walks by faith, in the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16-17).

Biblical Text

9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.