Christians of all people should live confident, hopeful, and joyful lives. Paul in the Book of Romans helps us see why. First, He speaks of the great love of God in the giving of His Son. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:6-8)
Second, he gives us the logical implication of such divine love in these words: “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Rom 5:9-11) Note here the “much more” of Paul’s inspired reasoning. If when we were sinners God gave His Son for us, will he nor now that we are justified “much more“ save us from wrath to come? If when we were His enemies God reconciled us to Himself, will He not now that we have been reconciled by the death of His Son “much more” save us by His life?
It’s no wonder that Paul ended the passage in these words: “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Rom 5:11) The faithful Christian should always be able to live a confident, hopeful, joyful life.