2a - Justification & Reconciliation [5:1-11]

  • Verses 1 & 2 are the perfect link between the two sections
look back look forward
we have been declared righteous by faith we have peace with God
we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory
  • Verse 5 is the first mention of the Holy Spirit, and a key verse (especially for me)

Passages in Paul that seem to equate justification with reconciliation

2 Cor 5:18f

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them

  • So reconciliation results in a new standing

Rom 5:8-11

  1. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that
    while we were still sinners,
            Christ died for us.
  2.                 Much more then,
                            having now been justified by his blood,
                                    we shall be saved from wrath through him.
  3. For if when we were enemies
            we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
                    much more,
                            having been reconciled,
                                    we shall be saved by his life.
  4. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
    through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Also: Col 1

  1. And you, who once were alienated
    and hostile in mind, [engaged] in evil deeds,
  2. now he has reconciled
    in his body of flesh through death