Unlimited: Death and Resurrection
Aug 5, 2022 559
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25).
The apostle Paul is here expressing the earliest and most authentic formulation of the Gospel. You can see this clearly by comparing this verse with what Paul says in 1 Cor 15:1–4.
In this verse in Romans, the apostle Paul is defining the object of our faith, who is the person of Christ, particularly in his death and resurrection. Here he specifies the purposes of both the death and the resurrection of Christ.
Paul writes that Jesus died “for our sins” and was resurrected “for our justification”.
The phrase “for our sins” refers to the sacrificial nature of his death. This means that Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins, effectively dying in our place. It means that Jesus took our sins.
Jesus’s death was “for our sins” and his resurrection was “for our justification”.
The phrase “for our justification” refers to how we are accounted as “just” or righteous before God. This means that because Jesus is alive, he is now able to credit his righteousness to our account. In this way, Jesus gives us his perfect life.
Therefore, according to Paul, not only are our sins forgiven and our slate wiped clean, but God also credits us with a positive and perfect righteousness: the spotless life of Christ.
How magnificent and all-sufficient is the salvation that God has provided for us!
We often focus on the death of Jesus, to the exclusion of his resurrection. What is your favourite worship song or hymn about the resurrection of Jesus? Print out the words. If you can play it in your home, do it, and then enter into a time of prayer and praise to God.