Romans 5:17 (NASB) For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Bold = my emphasis.
Righteousness is a gift, not a reward.
How much more than death that reigned will those who received the gift reign (or rule) in life through the one man, Jesus the Christ or as the Complete Jewish Bible says “Yeshua, the Messiah”! CJB
How much more will we reign in life (like Kings! That is the intent of the Greek word!) through the Christ (the Messiah)? It is a rhetorical question that answers itself. We will reign in life (like Kings) through Jesus Christ, the Messiah!
Those who receive the abundance of grace – to receive it, we have to take it! The word in Greek is lambano. It means to take! When you take something from someone, you are expecting to get it, you are expecting to receive it. You are not wrestling it out of the person’s hands (nor out of the hands of Jesus). And your focus is on the one giving, not you.
EXPECT TO RECEIVE GRACE FROM JESUS CHRIST!
Everyone has challenges in life. If you are on the earth, you’ll encounter challenges. So what! Sometimes these challenges can have devastating effects. Selfishness, dishonesty, brutality, fear, disloyalty, deception, and the like, can leave individuals in miserable bondage and with paralyzing defeat. These devastations come from being under the rule of death: “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one.“
God’s Remedy For Escaping The Reign Of Death Is Two Parts
“those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
First, the “gift of righteousness” provides an acceptable standing in heaven before a holy, righteous God. It means your sin debt has been paid for IN FULL. But having this wonderful gift of imputed righteousness (credited to our account) does not automatically bring spiritual victory in our daily life of being God’s justified saint. Many Christians, although possessing this gift of righteousness, do not walk in victory. The reason for this lack of victory is related to God’s other provision, “abundance of grace.” Both come from Jesus. Nothing comes from you, your efforts, your works.
Victory must be received from the Lord.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Pastor Bob Hoekstra (who has now gone on to be with the Lord), once penned, “Give and receive” is the language of grace (which depends upon the work of God). “Earn and achieve” is the language of law (which depends upon the work of man).
Don’t be afraid to take the grace of Jesus. Your sin debt is paid IN FULL and you are in right standing before God. Expect good and you will see it bloom in your life.
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