For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.”
Everyone has people in their lives that make them upset at times. Some might say they have people in their lives that they strongly dislike. Others might even say they have people in their lives that they hate or consider an enemy. However, I would venture to say that most people don’t have a true understanding of what it means to be an enemy of God.
The problem for humanity is that every single human is an enemy of God with no ability to reconcile with God on their own. That being said, all of humanity is left alone with no way to find hope, peace, or salvation. Humanity is evil in the eyes of God because of sin. Humanity deserves Hell for all of eternity, which means no hope, no peace, no joy, no salvation. The good news to all of humanity’s problems is found in two very simple and powerful words, Jesus Christ. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save the enemies of God. Jesus is the only way a sinful human that is an enemy of God can be reconciled back to God.
This one verse brings life, hope, peace, and salvation to every human on earth. Salvation from Jesus Christ is open to all through His grace, which He gives freely. My prayer for every single human being is that they realize Jesus is the only way to reconcile with God. Be encouraged by these words that Paul is writing and share them to all.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- What do you think are the consequences of being an enemy of God?
- What are the benefits of being a friend of God through the reconciliation of His son?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?