6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Perhaps the best way to understand the full impact of what Paul is writing is to know that for many people then and now, it was believed that a person could not know their eternal future until after their death. In other words, while you are alive, walking around on the planet, doing all the good things you can think of, hoping to please God and be at peace with him, you would never know how successful you were until after your death and stood before him. Paul is saying, “You don’t have to wait until you die to know how it’s all going to work out” You and I can have assurance, peace, confidence and joy right now! Why wait?” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How will you apply what God is telling you in your life today?
- Is there someone you feel you need to tell this message to?
Flick on a news site on your phone or computer and pray for a situation that is evolving today and the people involved.