Romans 5:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 5:10, NIV: "For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!"

Romans 5:10, ESV: "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."

Romans 5:10, KJV: "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."

Romans 5:10, NASB: "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

Romans 5:10, NLT: "For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son."

Romans 5:10, CSB: "For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life."

What does Romans 5:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse very closely follows the pattern of the previous verse, but it also contains key changes. Verse 9 emphasized the legal standing of those who trust in Christ: We have been justified, and we will not experience God's judgment. Put another way, we have been declared "not guilty," and we will not be condemned. This is important to understand, since earlier passages made it clear that we are not, in actual fact, righteous people (Romans 3:10, 23). The point of salvation by grace through faith is that we are forgiven, and declared righteous, thanks to Christ, though we don't deserve it.

This verse shifts to focus on our personal relationship with God. Those who trust in Christ are reconciled to God by Christ's death, even though we were God's enemies, because of our sin. In other words, Christ's death in our place for our sin made it possible for us to enter into a real and personal relationship, something not possible without Christ. Before we came to this point, God considered us enemies due to our rebellious sin. Now He considers us His beloved children.

Since we were reconciled with God by Christ's death, Paul writes, how much truer is it that we will be saved—rescued from being eternally separated from God, and from His angry judgment—by Christ's life. This may refer to Christ's sinless life on earth before the crucifixion or it may refer to Christ's resurrection from the dead, which showed that God's justice for our sin had been fully satisfied and concluded.