6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 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. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Have you ever been at a point where your faith seemed weak? Have you ever lost confidence in your salvation? Have you ever thought to yourself that you could or have already lost your salvation? If so, then these verses are for you.
In verse 10 Paul begins by reminding us of the foundational truth of our salvation. He reminds us of our position before God saved us, that we were enemies of God – meaning we hated God, we wanted nothing to do with God, we were not looking for God, nor seeking him in any way, shape or fashion. But even in this state of enmity God decided (his choice, not ours) to reconcile the relationship through the death of his son on the cross who paid for our punishment (God’s wrath) so that he could declare us righteous in his sight. The wall of division was torn down and our relationship to God changed from him being our judge to becoming our Father. That’s what we have been seeing throughout this chapter.
Paul then goes on to say much more, and what he is speaking about is God’s continuing work of salvation in our lives. The hard part of getting us saved, of justifying us has been completed through the death of Christ. Now, says Paul, much more we are being saved (continuous action – day by day) through the life of Christ. Paul is saying that it was the death of Christ that saved us (a single point in time), but it is the life of Christ that keeps us saved.
To put it in another way, God demonstrated his love towards us as his enemies through the death of his Son, reconciling us to God. If that is true (and it is), we are no longer his enemies, in fact we are his children, then how much more will he keep us saved because he loves us as children.
In this much more truth we can find confidence, hope, and assurance that our salvation will continue because of God’s gracious work to keep us saved.