Pastor’s Class Notes
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his
blood, we shall be saved from wrath through
This and the next verse carry Paul’s argument regarding salvation to its natural conclusion: Since God saved us in the first place, He will see to it that all believers shall be ultimately saved.
Verse 9 declares our safety based on legal reasons (justification). Verse 10 declares our safety based on our personal relationship to God (reconciliation).
Once a man has been justified by faith, Hell and everlasting damnation are no longer a possibility. Through Christ believers are assured of deliverance from the wrath to come (1TH 1:10). We have no reason to fear.
Toplady said it well in one of his hymns. The glorified saints in Heaven are “More happy, but not more secure” than saints here below. We will someday have more joy, peace, and happiness, but we will never have more security.
Whom God justifies, He will also glorify. Our salvation shall be completed. God will not leave His work unfinished. Schubert died and left an incomplete symphony; Mozart’s “Requiem” had to be finished by one of his students; Gilbert Stuart never completed his famous portrait of Washington; Matthew Henry did not live to see his Bible commentary completely done. But when God begins a good work, He will see it through to fruition. It cannot be left undone. Our salvation has a consummation just as surely as it has a commencement.
Romans 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.”
Here is Paul’s argument: If Christ died to save us while we were enemies, how much more will He live to save us now that we are His children. If God reconciled enemies, He will certainly protect friends. If a man is kind to those who malign, vilify, and harm him, how much more likely it is that he is kind to his own children.
Once God has dealt with our enmity, the rest of our salvation is easy. The greatest problem confronting God was how to reconcile us in the first place. Once that matter was settled, the rest followed as a matter of course.
Since Jesus died for us while we were sinners, we know that our salvation was not dependent upon our goodness to begin with. Since nothing good was required in us at the first, God does not require anything good within us to keep us saved. Our salvation is totally dependent upon the grace of God.
Notice the message of assurance Paul is giving us in verse 10: The Savior who died to save us still lives to protect us. Jesus is the executor of His own legacy. The blood of the dying Christ is our medicine; the living Christ is the Physician that administers it to us. Since He laid the foundation with His own blood, He will complete the superstructure.
We attach little value to what costs us little, and much value to what costs us much. Jesus bought us with His blood. We are of infinite worth to Him. He paid dearly to have us. We should find comfort in knowing that the one who holds us fast is the one who died for us.
Jesus’ work did not end at Calvary. In a way, it only began there. He ended the payment for our sin there, but His priesthood continues. He died to reconcile us by His blood, and lives to preserve us by His power. The resurrected and exalted Savior lives to complete the work of salvation. “Because I live, ye shall live also” (JN 14:19).
Had Jesus not risen, our hopes would have remained buried with Him. His resurrected life is the pledge and security for the life of all His children. Since Jesus overcame death, He is able to do the same for us.
Jesus is at the Father’s right hand. All power has been committed to His hand (MT 28:18). And He exercises this power for the good of His people. “He is head over all things, for the benefit of His church” (EP 1:22). Our salvation is secure because we are constantly being kept saved by the power of Jesus’ resurrected life.
Romans 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we
have now received the atonement.”
The English word “atonement” was originally used by Tyndale. He used it to mean at-one-ment, a statement of oneness between two parties.
However, the Greek word here is the noun form of the verb translated “reconciled” in verse 10. Hence, it would simplify matters to translate this word as “reconciliation.”
This reconciliation we have received has a wonderful result. Because of it, God is no longer a terror to us, but rather a joy. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we can enjoy God.