It’s been a little while since my last post. Life has been busy and challenging. I’ll probably take a few weeks or a month’s break from active posting. Here’s the last post of A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.
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Saved by His Life
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 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.
What is salvation? Is it our forgiveness? Is it our justification? Is it our glorification? While our salvation certainly consists of our forgiveness, being declared righteous, and ultimately being glorified, there’s a common denominator—Jesus. He is our salvation. Every aspect of our salvation—regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification—is through Him.
That’s why Paul wrote: “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord’” (1 Cor. 1:30-31). God chose us in Christ and He became our salvation. Consequently, He deserves all the glory for it.
Today’s verse highlights our vital need—salvation from God’s wrath—and God’s perfect provision—Jesus’ death and life. When Jesus died, He cried out “it is finished” (John 19:30). God reconciled us to Himself. His blood has declared us righteous.
While we’ve been saved from the penalty and power of sin, there’s still the daily presence of sin. John wrote: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). When Jesus comes again, we’ll also be saved from the very presence of sin. How? It will be “by his life.”
Last time we saw that Jesus will come “to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed” (2 Thess. 1:10). That’s the meaning of today’s verse—being “saved by his life.” There’ll be such a manifestation of Jesus’ life “in his saints” that His life will be our very life—in all that we think, feel, say, and do. Then we’ll have the eternal enjoyment of our true identity. We’ll truly know and deeply experience that “Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11)—A Christ-Centered Identity indeed!
The Devotional Writer