Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
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.
– Romans 5:1-10
The greatest sacrifice ever offered was the sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, upon the cross of Calvary. The reason for this sacrifice is given in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” This spells out clearly that the reason Jesus laid down His life and died the gruesome death on the cross was to pay for your sins and rescue you from eternal damnation. Romans 5:8-10 buttress this further. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
The value attached to a thing most often reflects the price paid to obtain that thing. Jesus paid the supreme price – the sacrifice of His own life – in order that you might obtain salvation. The question now is: What value do you attach to the salvation that you have received? Do you see it as something to cherish and defend at all cost, or are you easily swayed into choices and lifestyles that are incongruous with the new life you have received? Paul gave an admonition to young Timothy, but that counsel is relevant to both the young and the aged. “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:12). Never lose grip of the precious treasure Jesus purchased for you by the shedding of His blood on your behalf.
- Pray for a fresh hunger for God’s word and for the washing of your spirit and soul as you study.
CONFESSION: By His love, Jesus shed His blood to save me. I must reciprocate by reconciling perishing souls to Him.