By Pastor Paul Millermon
10 September 2000
- SALVATION IN THREE TENSES - past, present, and future.
"But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners Christ died for us. Much more then having now been
justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
(Here the groundwork is laid for what the passage says about
- Salvation past - This passages describes grace in the fact that
Godís love has been shown to us in that, even though we were
sinners and did not deserve it, Christ died for us. The sacrifice for
our salvation is past. "Christ died for us." That happened 2,000
years ago. Then and there the great work of reconciliation between
God and man was accomplished.
- Salvation now - Verse 9 declares that we are now justified
(declared righteous) because of Christís blood. We have
justification now. We know that God can take the blood of Christ
shed 2000 years ago and use it to justify people today. Once we
sin nothing on earth can wash away the guilt, but the blood of
Christ can. 1 John 1:7 says "The Blood of Jesus Christ His son
cleanses us from all sin." On the basis of that God is able to
declare us righteous. If you trust Christ as Savior then you have
that justification now.
Salvation is past - the work was accomplished at the cross.
Salvation is present - when we repent and trust Christ, God is able
to cleanse us by the blood of Christ and justify us now. It works in
the year 2000. The great work of reconciliation works now!
- Salvation future - Verse 9 also says that we shall be saved from
wrath through Christ. What a relief to know that an eternal burning
hell is not in our future! We shall be saved from that. When we
trust Christ and really believe what the Bible says about salvation,
we do not have to worry about our eternal destiny.
- So salvation is past present, and future. But now in verses 10-11
- RECONCILIATION IN THREE TENSES - past, future, and present
Romans 5:10-11 "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. And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."
- Reconciliation Past - two facts of the past Romans 5:10
- We were enemies. Sin had made us enemies of God.
Sin separates us from the Holy God of the Bible.
Verse 8 says "In that while we were still sinners."
In the darkness of sin we feel lost, guilty, unfulfilled, and
unprepared to met God. Before I trusted Christ as Savior I
feared death for I knew I was unprepared to meet God. No one
told me but in my heart I knew it is a fearful thing to die and
have to face a holy God unprepared. I did not know it but I was
an enemy of God. -"we were enemies."
- We were reconciled. Verse 10 says it is through the death of
Godís Son. What does it mean to be reconciled?
- The word used for reconcile here is katallasso in the original
Greek. The word katallasso (kat-al-las'-so - Greek: verb)
is translated as reconcile six times in the New Testament.
Strong first defines it to change, exchange as coins for others of
equivalent value; hence to reconcile. He also defines it to return
to favor with, be reconciled to one, to receive one into favor. It
comes from the root word "allasso" which means to change,
exchange one thing for another or transform.
- God though the death of His Son is able to change us in such
a way so that we can be reconciled to Himself. By Christís
death God is able to justify or declare us righteous through
Christís blood. (Verse 9) Christís blood cleanses us from our
sin so that we who were enemies can now be reconciled to God.
- During the revolutionary war England was the enemy of the
American Colonies. Today England is our friend and ally. It
took many years, but over time we have been reconciled. We
have been enemies of God but now through salvation in Christ
we are reconciled with God. We are now friends and even
children of God. It took the blood of Christ to cleanse us for
this reconciliation. But this reconciliation immediately
happens, as soon as we put our trust in Christ and are saved.
- Our reconciliation is accomplished when God changed us by
cleansing us of our sin through Christ. The offense against God
has been removed.
- Many seek to be reconciled to God by changing God. Cults
and individuals want to change God. We cannot change God to
fit our wants and needs. We are the ones that must be changed.
- Reconciliation Future - assurance for the future Romans 5:10b
"...Much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
Again God speaks of our future salvation from His wrath.
- "Much more having been reconciled" - This passage tells us
that there is more to reconciliation than just being changed from
enemies to sons.
- "...We shall be saved by His life." The passage has been telling
us of the benefits that we have received by Christís death. Now
we are told we shall be saved by His life. In the future Christ
will resurrect us. In John 14:19 Christ said "Yet a little while
and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live,
ye shall live also."
I have always been amazed with the truth of Philippians 3:20-
21. "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we
look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change
our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious
body, according to the working whereby he is able even to
subdue all things unto himself." God who reconciles our soul
and spirit will also reconcile our body so that we will one day
stand in Godís presence in Christís sinless likeness.
- How wonderful to know that we shall be saved by His life.
- Reconciliation - Present - Joy for today 5:11
"...rejoice...we have now received the reconciliation"
We now have reconciliation.
- We can walk today as a friend of God not an enemy.
- We can have fellowship with God today.
- We can know today that we will be able to meet Him
without fear of condemnation.
- The King James Version translated this word for
reconciliation "atonement" in verse 11. The word means
"at one ment" What a picture of reconciliation!
- Rejoice! We have now received the reconciliation. We can
walk and live as children of God in total fellowship and peace
with Him. Thatís reconciliation.