Part 2: How do we really know that having an absolute certainty in a glorious future is not a waste of time?

How would Christians live differently if they had complete assurance of their future? That there was no doubt whatsoever. God had already made up His mind about them and it was good news. Perhaps they would not feel the pressure to perform? Maybe their lives would be more peaceful and loving because of this knowledge that God had totally accepted them?

This is what the Apostle Paul is trying to deal with. He is writing about the hope that we have for our future state. He has said we can be sure because of the outpouring of the Spirit in our lives and the cross of Christ all demonstrating God’s love. But there’s more:

“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while 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! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5 v 9-11)

Look what God has done for you? He has declared you innocent/justified and has removed the barrier between you and Him/reconciled you.

If God can do the hard work of bringing His enemies into relationship with Him through the cross of Christ then surely He can do the easier task of bringing us home. Paul is convinced, we will be saved! We was saved (I was saved in 1974!), we are being saved (our daily life) and we will be saved at our death.

Let’s boast about this.

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