Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Romans 4:25 In our day and age there are a number of ideas about how one becomes right with God; one particular problem I see consistently among Christians is that they often wait for God to do something as if it's not already been done or they act as if God is unwilling to fulfill His promises towards them.
Many Christians see sin for instance as something they continually need to be forgiven of (future tense) instead of believing that Christ has already taken away their sins and made them the righteousness of God other Christians try to get healed putting that also as a future possibility instead of believing that with His stripes they were (past tense) healed; this approach is fundamentally wrong.
Paul said in Romans 4:25, Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
At first glance it appears that this verse teaches that Jesus was raised from the dead so that we could be justified, right? If you look into the Greek text we see a very different meaning: The Greek word that was translated "For" is the word διá or "Dia" and means, "By reason of, by the means of, on account of.
" You could just as easily say that he was "Delivered because of our offences and was raised again because of our justification.
" Before I was saved, I always used to wonder what the significance of Christ's resurrection was; The Bible teaches that Jesus is God and that death couldn't hold Him so I knew that because of His divinity Jesus arose but I also knew there had to be more to it than that.
Christ was raised as a sign that God had justified His people! No wonder Paul wrote and said, And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1 Corinthians 15:17 The fact is dear believer that when Jesus was raised, you were raised.
Paul the apostle writes, And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:6 When Jesus died we died with Him and were forgiven all trespasses and likewise when He was raised from the dead we also were raised up with Him; God has forgiven you finally and forever! You never have to worry about the sin issue between you and God because it is forever settled in the finished work of Christ.