For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (ESV)
One of the most dangerous beliefs is that we are basically good people. This wrong notion has kept many a person from accepting the truth of God's plan of salvation. This lie from the enemy appeals to people's pride. As long as we think that we are good we certainly will not feel that we need to be reconciled to God by the death of his Son.
Notice how the Apostle Paul starts this verse. "while we were enemies." This description is for all who now believers in God through Jesus Christ. It describes our previous condition. We were not good. We were not seeking after God. We were enemies to God. We were in opposition to his ways, his thoughts, and his purposes.
God has chosen to bring his enemies into his own kingdom. He has done this by the death of his Son, Jesus Christ. The fact that our salvation required the God of all creation to sacrifice himself for our sin confirms the fact that we were not good people. Christ did not die to make good people better. He came to reconcile God's enemies to salvation and new life.
Now, let's consider our new position. We have reconciled to God! Paul says, "much more . . . shall we saved by his life." Jesus' death reconciled us to God. Consider now the risen Christ. We will be saved by his life. We do not need to worry about our future. His death provides the reconciliation. His life secures our future. We are saved by his life!
Take a moment and consider just how lost you were. An enemy of God. Jesus died to reconcile you to God. Your new life is secure in the risen life of Jesus Christ. Celebrate your life with him today.