H.A. Ironside on Romans 5:10
"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." How blind are they who read into this verse a reference to the earthly life of our blessed Lord. That life- pure and holy as it was- could never have saved one poor sinner. It was by His death He made atonement for our sins. Even the love of God demonsrated so fully in the ways of Jesus only drew out the envenomed hate of the human heart. It is His death that destroys the enmity- when I realise He died for me I am reconciled to God. The hatred was all on my side- there was no need for God to be reconciled to me- but I needed reconciliation, and I have found it in Jesus' death. Now since it is already an accomplished fact I may know for a certainty I will be saved by His life. He said "Because I live, ye shall live also." (John 14:19). It is, of course, His resurrection life that is in view in Romans 5:10. "Wherefore he is able to save them (evermore) that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25). A living Christ at God's right hand is my pledge of eternal redemption. He lives to plead our cause, to deliver through all the trials of the way, and to bring us safely home to the Father's house at last.