THE RESULTS OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST

Rom. 3:25-26

We have already noted the necessity and the nature of Christ’s death.

The death of Christ enabled God to be righteous in saving those who receive Christ, and in condemning those who reject Him.

I. WE HAVE BEEN JUSTIFIED BY CHRIST’S DEATH

- Justification is the act of God whereby the believer is freed from the penalty of sin and declared righteous (Rom. 4:5-8).

A. We, who are in Christ, have been saved from God’s wrath (Rom. 5:8-9).

B. Christ paid the debt for those who trust in Him, and they are declared “righteous before God.”

1. Sinners are declared righteous by putting the righteousness of Christ to their account (II Cor. 5:21).

2. The cost of this “free” justification is met by the One who gave His life “a ransom for many”(Mt. 20:28).

II. WE HAVE BEEN RECONCILED (II Cor. 5:19)

A. We have been brought back into fellowship with the “living God” (Rom. 5:10).

·        We have been reconciled to God by Christ’s death and shall be persevere by virtue of His endless life.

·        Christ died to save us and He ever lives to keep us.

B. We have peace with God (Rom. 5:1; Col. 1:20-21).

C. We have access to God (Rom. 5:2).

III. WE HAVE FORGIVENESS (Eph. 1:7).

A. Having been laid on Christ, our sins are taken away (Col. 1:14).

B. Cleansing from sin has been provided (I Jn. 1:7,9).

1. “To walk in the light” is to be enlightened by the Holy Spirit, so as to have a true sight and sense of sin.

2. It is to know Christ as our Lord and Savior.

3. It is to walk in Christ by faith, and in the light of the Gospel.

4. When we have fellowship with the Father and the Son, the blood of Christ cleanses us of our sin.

5. When we confess our known sin, the Lord forgives us of all sin (v. 9).

C. As believers, God has purchased us (I Cor. 6:19-20; 7:23).

D. As believers, we are no longer slaves to sin (Rom. 6:6-7, 17-18, 22).

E. The fear of death is removed for those in Christ (Heb. 2:14-15).

1. Heaven is our home.

2. Christ has gone there to prepare a place for us and He is coming again to receive us unto Himself (Jn. 14:1-4).

3. When we die, we will enter the glorious presence of our Lord (II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:21).

IV. THE EXTENT OF CHRIST’S DEATH

A. It is sufficient for the whole world.

1. The death of Christ is sufficient to save every last sinner (I Jn. 2:2).

2. If everyone in the world believed on Christ, they would all be saved, but they won’t.

B. Christ’s death was to secure salvation for the believer (Rom. 3:22, 26, 28, 30).

- The blood of Christ will not be wasted, it will save all who call upon His name (Rom. 10:9-10, 13).