I was reminded today of a simple, yet powerful truth from Romans 4:24. Saving faith is faith in the Giver of miraculous life, demonstrated through the resurrection of Jesus. Paul goes on in 4:25 to remind us that, Christ's resurrection was because of our need for justification, as a proof of God's acceptance of His Son's sacrifice for as many who would believe and put their trust in Christ for salvation.
As Paul continued to write to the Romans in chapter 5, the doctrine of justification becomes his theme. For Paul justification (to render just or innocent, to be free, or to be righteous) is no sterile doctrine, but meant to be a source of blessing and freedom in one's life.
With that justification comes a life filled with rejoicing and the hope of glory with God and His Son. It is justification that stirs in me the desire to persevere in my walk with Jesus, and to endure in the faith. Through all of this I come to the daily realization that I have been reconciled with God through His Son Jesus Christ my Lord.