ABUNDANT LIFE IN CHRIST: His Redeeming Blood
Five times, the Apostle Paul underscores the abundant life in Christ by using the phrase, “much more” in the fifth chapter of Romans. In the first case, he refers to the “much more” of Christ’s redeeming blood. He writes, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (v.9)
The key word is JUSTIFIED—that is, we are redeemed by Him. Justification is the judicial act of God whereby He decrees that we are free from the penalty of sin—that though we are condemned sinners, we have been pardoned and made to be just in the sight of a Holy God. This was all because of Christ’s blood shed for us. Sin demanded a payment, and Christ paid the debt in full. God’s justice is satisfied.
We aren’t merely paroled, but we are pardoned. When you’re on parole, you’re out of jail on good behavior and can remain out so long as you keep your nose clean. One violation and you’re back in prison. This is the false idea some have about salvation—they live in constant fear that they may mess up and miss heaven. Friend, if you have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, you are completely pardoned. You are absolved of all guilt! Paul says we shall be saved from wrath. What blessed assurance! But, there is much more! Much more…tomorrow in Romans Five…stay tuned!