24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
What if I were to tell you that forgiveness of sins is only half the gospel?
Christ was raised not for our forgiveness but our justification.
You can say you have forgiven someone but you remember how he wronged you. Justification is something else. It is to treat something as if the record is wipe clean once and for all. God did not say I ‘forgive you’. He said ‘I remember your sins no more.’ He does not impute sin on you. He imputed it on his son.
When he died, he died to sin. Sin was condemned in his body. [Romans 8:3] His body was the temple of the Holy Spirit. He was made sin. You were made righteous. Your body now becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit.
If God chose to remember our sins, Jesus would still remain dead. So now when he was raised, he was raised for our justification. The fact that he was raised means he remembers our sins no more. Jesus was raised as our righteousness. Our sins are remembered no more. Past present future. Otherwise Jesus would have to die many times.
But he only died once. That once is enough.