NIV Romans 5:10 For if, when 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!
The process of salvation, of our continually being saved what I was. Not in the sense that God was an enemy toward me, but that I was an enemy toward my Creator. Before encountering Jesus I wanted to live the life I wanted. I, like all human beings, wanted to be my own god deciding for myself what was right and wrong.
The is no place for two gods in a human life. As Jesus said, (Matthew 6:24) “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” So one of the gods had to die. So Jesus took the god that was me to the cross with him. In his sacrifice I died. Through his resurrection I live. I live to be shape, formed, molded through the process of salvation into the likeness of Jesus. In Jesus I become a child of God rather than an enemy.
Still, it is a process in which we are to (Philippians 2:12)”work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Relationships must be worked on. We come to justifying grace in Jesus death that is given in faith that is intended to produce fruit. We come into a relationship with Jesus and live by sanctifying grace in the midst of people who are still enemies of God. We come into this relationship with Jesus to continue the will and work of the Father in God’s prevenient grace. We bring the message of Jesus. The Spirit of God works through us to open the hearts of others. We worship as Jesus worshiped. We are to pray as passionately as Jesus prayed. We do as Jesus did spending time in intimacy with our God. This is our responsibility. How could we not work this out with fear and trembling!
Yet, it is hard to see this happening in our midst today. It does happen, but not as we would hope it would. Still, Paul does say: (Romans 5:5) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Perhaps another great awakening will come!
In Lent we are reminded of our condition, our mistakes, our failures, our sin. We are also reminded of what our Lord has done and is still wanting to do. We are reminded of the hope. We are reminded of the love. We are reminded of the strength that can be ours.
NIV Romans 5:11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.