“…who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”
Jesus’ death and resurrection are necessary for the forgiveness of our sins. Both are necessary for our justification before God. Both are needed to be declared “not guilty” for our sins by God.
When the Father raised his Son from the grave, it showed that he fully accepted the Son’s sacrifice as total payment for all our sins. Now, people who have accepted this free gift of eternal life through faith, have the Father’s favor upon our lives. No longer do we live in fear of his wrath, for his wrath was poured out on his Son, not us.
Since believers’ lives are united with Jesus’ life, that means that when the Father approved of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, he approved of us. When he accepted his life in resurrection glory, he accepted our lives in resurrection glory.
This reality allows all who believe in Jesus to be justified before the Father. That was the point Paul was trying to make.
Do you believe this today?