“If by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:17.
Paul wrote that death reigned on earth because of the sin of Adam. But God changed everything by sending a “free gift,” His Son, Jesus. To begin with, According to Romans 5:15-21 we are assured that, because of Jesus, we can be made righteous and receive eternal life. But Jesus also came that we can “reign in life..being heavenly compliant and earthly relevant” right now! But to reign, there is something we need to do. We need to receive abundance of grace and this gift of righteousness. But how do we get these things?
The Greek word here translated “receive” means “to take or get a hold of.” Paul was saying that God offers us a free gift, but if we want to reign, we must respond. We must take hold of grace and the gift God has offered. Unfortunately, many Christians do not “reign in life.” They allow fear, burdens, worry, and doubt to dominate their lives. They assume that they must always suffer under the weight of sin. They do not experience all the blessings God has made available because of His Son!
Today, the Bible promises that, because of Jesus, you can reign in life. If you have entered into a covenant relationship with God, believe that His promises are true. Speak them, live them, and expect God to fulfill His promises for you. Don’t be robbed of the blessings He already has provided for you. You do not need to suffer and worry. Death, sin, corruption, and the destructive work of the devil do not need to dominate your life. Note that, because of Jesus, you can be “more than a conqueror” as much as you can have victory and overcome the world (See Romans 8:37; 1 John 5:4). God offers this as a free gift. Take hold, and start reigning! Shalom!