Unlimited: Reign in Life
Sep 23, 2022 317
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:17.)
A key contrast that Paul is making here is that of death reigning in us versus us reigning in life.
Our secular society surrounds us with books, videos, and websites all screaming at us that they have the secret of how to be winners. We all want to rule in life. Yet this goal, that the whole world seeks, is only found by those who accept God’s provision of grace and the gift of righteousness through Jesus.
Those who receive God’s grace and righteousness will reign in life! That doesn’t mean that you’ll have more money than others, or better relationships, or even necessarily better health. In fact, in the eighth chapter, Paul lists a list of terrible things,
…trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword… (v.35.)
Those who receive God’s grace and righteousness will reign in life!
None of these things will defeat us. As the apostle then writes,
…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:37–39.)
We should always remember that we never reign in life through ourselves. We only reign through Jesus Christ, who is himself our life.
Reflect in a quiet place. Are you truly reigning in life, or are the troubles of this world overwhelming you? Have you received “God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness”?