September 16 – Doubtful? May It Never Be!

“For if while 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.  And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” – Romans 5:11  (NASB)

Promises of peace, grace, hope, love, and deliverance from wrath are ours forever because Jesus, the Son of God condescended and stepped into this world and became for us the bearer of our sin. So, what then is to be our reaction? Are we to continue in doubt? Hold misgivings that God has us secure as his forever adopted children? Are we to question if we’ve done enough, been good enough to earn these gifts because of our good works? Just as the Apostle Paul declares seven times in his letter to the Romans “may it never be!”*  Our God is a faithful God.  If our salvation depended for one second on our personal righteousness, we’d be lost forever.  But it doesn’t.  It depends on God’s love anchoring us in a permanent relationship of peace, grace and hope. And the God who loved us enough to save us when we were enemies, loves us enough to keep us now that we are friends, and has proven it by depositing his Holy Spirit in us, (Ephesians 1:13). This fills our heart with joy⸺for “exult” means to rejoice jubilantly. The end of the whole discussion is this produces joy, right? 

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* (Romans 3:4; 3:6; 3:11; 6:2; 6:15; 7:7; 7:13: 9:14)