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 (NIV)
Read: Romans 5:12-21
Consider: If you are a Christian there is a very stark contrast between what reigned in your old life (without Christ) and what reigns in your new life (in Christ).
At the end of Romans 6, Paul sets out the consequences of sin and what it naturally leads to (death), together with the fact that God’s free gift leads to eternal life. He says in Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Having accepted Christ as Lord, each of us then has to live day-by-day in such a way that pleases God. At times this seems to be a problem, as it is all too easy to give in to the old sinful nature. This often leads people to doubt their salvation, basing it on what they feel, rather than on the fact of God’s forgiveness in Christ. Yet the truth of it is that the Christian life is about who you are in Christ, not about what you feel.
Paul tells us in Romans 6:22 that we have been set free and have become slaves of God:
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
As Christians we each have the choice to make about what we are willing to allow to reign in our lives. Some people cling on to sin like an old friend, while others seek to live holy lives. What choice do you make – to allow sin to reign in your life, or to allow righteousness to reign?
Pray: Father, may we willingly allow righteousness to reign in our lives. Help us to turn our backs on the sinful nature and instead to seek holiness. Amen