September 2021 Devotion
Justified, Reconciled, Saved
Justification is a legal term that speaks to our legal status before God.
Ro. 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Reconciliation speaks to our repaired relationship with God on a personal level.
Ro. 5:10 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.
Many speak of God in broad terms. For example, some might say, “I believe in God” or “I’m a Christian because I go to Church.” Some will even say that America is a Christian nation. This too is a broad statement intended to make the listener assume that all citizens of America are God’s children. This statement has absolutely no biblical or spiritual merit. Only those with a personal salvation experience can have a personal relationship with God. And only those with a personal relationship with God are going to heaven.
Justification is just one of many ways to describe the salvation of sinners, but it is certainly one of the most valuable assets we can own as Christians. It simply means the debt we owed has been paid in full. God has imputed the righteousness of Christ to your account. It is not just a rubber stamp on my record. Justification means there is no record of sin against you. As far as God is concerned, there has never been anything wrong with me.
Ro. 8:30,31 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Adam’s sin severed mankind’s relationship with God. Our sin nature has declared war against God, therefore alienating us relationally from Him. To be reconciled is to be made at peace with God, and this was accomplished through the blood atonement of Jesus Christ once and for all. Our peace is an objective, settled fact because Jesus forever settled the sin debt that was against us.
Ep. 2:12-16 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
The first Adam and the second Adam have a universal significance for humanity. The first Adam sold us out to sin and that alone placed the curse of death upon all mankind. The second Adam offered himself a perfect sacrifice as the atonement for sin and that alone redeems the believer from the curse. What was gained through Jesus is far greater than that which was lost through Adam. So therefore, we have been justified by His blood, reconciled by His death, and saved by His life.
Rev. J.R. Childers