Yet Paul does not stop there, but continues to extend his argument to even greater and more dazzling heights.  In view of all this, he says, or much more than this, since we have been justified by the blood of Christ, we shall unquestionably be saved from wrath through Him.  How we ought to love the shalls and wills of the Bible!  A person who has an interest in the blood of Christ shall be saved from the outpouring of divine wrath through Him, because of the full sufficiency of the work that He effected on the cross.  There are no ifs, ands, or buts that come into play here; it is one definite shall, which cannot be overturned by the subtle arguments of theologians, nor by all the malice of earth and hell.  The only question remaining, then, is whether we have an interest in the blood of Christ.  Those who do shall as surely be spared from God’s wrath in the lake of fire as the firstborn of Israel were spared when the blood of the Lamb was painted upon the doorposts.

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The idea of Christ as a propitiation, or an appeasement, is contained very definitely in this 9th verse.  Paul tells us that we are justified by the blood of Christ, meaning that the offering of His blood for our sins removed that which made us guilty before God, thus making us presentable to Him.  The effect of His blood in justifying us also removed the wrath of God, which was hovering over our guilty heads.  This is consistent with the biblical doctrine that God’s wrath is forever and unalterably going forth against sin, and must see sin punished in order that divine justice may be vindicated.  There must be a hell, a lake of fire, to punish sin, because as sure as the sun rises in the east, the sins of men are never fully requited in this life.  Many who commit the most egregious crimes die peacefully in their beds, without even the burden of a stinging conscience.  Therefore, God prepared a place of everlasting punishment, first for the Devil and his fallen angels, but also for all wicked men who followed him in their sins.  His justice demands that sin be avenged, and the truth is that the very flames of hell are not adequate to fully pay the debt we owe, which is why hell must be eternal.  But divine justice has also decreed another method by which the unleashing of God’s vengeful wrath against sin may be extinguished, and that is through the bloodshedding of a righteous substitute.  This is why Paul, and his fellow apostles, make such a great deal of the blood of Christ.  Our sin bars the way between us and fellowship with the God Who made us.  It draws down the wrath of God upon us, and makes us subject to the penalty of eternal damnation.  Except that righteous wrath be appeased, the sinner must from the moment of death suffer eternally under the wrath of God for his rebellion and wickedness.

The blood of Christ is the very appeasement we need.  It is the one and only thing at which God’s justice can look, be satisfied, and sheathe its sword of vengeance.  Christ is a substitute of such immense, yea, infinite value, and His blood so much more precious than silver or gold, that it is received as an acceptable substitute for our suffering.  The very life of the Son of God poured forth from His sacred veins, and thus the righteous indignation of God against sin was appeased, and He was able to smile with favor upon us, without a single objection from His attribute of inflexible justice.  It is only through the shedding of Christ’s blood that God’s righteous anger against sin may be turned away, and we who trust in Him brought into the family of God.  I affirm as clearly as I know how that he who denies the necessity of Christ’s blood as an appeasement to God’s wrath against sin has placed himself outside the pale of genuine biblical Christianity.

 

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