For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Romans 5:10
The apostle, from the beginning of the epistle to the beginning of this chapter, has insisted on the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Christ dying for us is here spoken of as much greater thing than actually bestowing life on two accounts: (1) This is all that has any difficulty in it; (2) when God did this for us, He did it for us as sinners and enemies.
In actually bestowing salvation on us after we are justified, God does not look on us any longer as sinners, but as perfectly righteous persons. He beholds no iniquity in us. We are no longer enemies, for then we are reconciled. When God gave Christ to die for the elect, He looked on them as they are in themselves; but in actuality bestowing eternal life, He does not look on them as they are in themselves, but as they are in Christ.
There are three epithets used in the text as pertaining to sinners as they are in themselves:
- They are without strength and cannot help themselves.
- They are ungodly, or sinners.
- They are enemies.
If natural men are God’s enemies, then we may learn how much we are indebted to God for His restraining grace. We may learn how wonderful the love is that is manifested in giving Christ to die for us. For this love is love for enemies. How wonderful was the love of Christ in exercising dying love for His enemies!
Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format. Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional. Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.
It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards. You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.