From the desk of Dr. A.J. Higgins
“Delivered for our offenses, and was raised for our justification.”
This verse concludes the careful and cogent argument of the apostle that justification is by faith. His summary is that this by-faith justification is ours as well if we believe on Him Who raised up “Jesus our Lord from the dead.”
Then, as though he must remind us of what occurred, he tells us that He was delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification. The word ‘delivered’ is the same word used three times in Romans Chapter 1 when we are told that God ‘gave’ wicked men ‘over’ to the fruit of their own sin.
We can fully understand God so acting; but our verse tells us that He delivered over His Son, not for His sin, but for ours.
Righteousness is reckoned or imputed to us; our transgressions were reckoned to His account.
Questions to Consider
1. He was “raised again for our justification.” Find six other ways that we are ‘justified’ as declared in the Word of God. For example, Romans 5:1 says that it is by faith.
2. ‘Delivered’ can carry the thought of ‘delivered over’ or ‘given up to’. What does this suggest? To what did God give Him over to at Calvary?
3. How does resurrection link with our justification?
This weekly meditation is prepared by Dr. Sandy Higgins. Its purpose is to give believers truth to think about and develop in their own minds and hearts throughout the week. Ultimately, as the week progresses, daily worship will result in hearts full of adoration for the Lord Jesus on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) as believers gather to remember Him.
Print this off. Keep it nearby for the week. Jot down your thoughts and responses to each question. No answers are provided to the questions. The questions are asked to generate deeper thoughts as we ponder the subject. What other questions come to your mind as you meditate on this verse?