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His Resurrection Guarantees Our Justification

Romans 4:25 reads,

“Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

Jesus gave His life for our sins.  He died a cruel, unjust death at the hands of sinners.  Yet Jesus did this for our sins (Isaiah 53:4-6).  His blood was shed so that we could have peace with God (Ephesians 2:14).  His blood was shed to wash away our sins (Ephesians 1:7).  He committed no sin yet He bore our sins (1 Peter 2:22-24).  2 Corinthians 5:18-21 reads,

18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

He died to take away our sins (John 1:29) and in Him alone do we find forgiveness of our sins (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 9:22, 27-28; 10:10, 14; 1 John 2:2).

Yet the resurrection is key to this forgiveness.  Without a resurrection, there is no forgiveness.  This is the point of Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 15:16-19:

16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But since Christ has been raised from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6-7; John 20:1-10; 21:24-29), we have the blessing of knowing that our sins are truly forgiven.  This is not merely God ignoring our sins or simply by-passing His just law to forgive us just by the waving of His hands but this is true forgiveness.  Jesus took my place on the cross.  It was my sins that He bore.  He died in my place and He stood condemned  for me.  

And how do I know this?  Because of Romans 4:25!  Jesus was raised for my justification before a holy God.  My only hope for salvation, my only assurance of my forgiveness before a holy God is the blood of Christ that He shed on the cross.  The Father raised Christ from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:4; 8:11) and showed that the Father had accepted the sacrifice of the Son.  Jesus was crucified for my sins and He was raised for my justification.  Now I have peace with God because of Christ Jesus and because of Christ alone (Romans 5:1).

What a glorious truth is the resurrection of the Lord Jesus!

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