We Need a Good Reign
Read Romans 5:12-21
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21
Grace was not an addition to God's plan; grace was a part of God's plan from the very beginning. God dealt with Adam and Eve in grace; He dealt with the patriarchs in grace; and He dealt with the nation of Israel in grace. He gave the law through Moses, not to replace His grace, but to reveal man's need for grace. Law was temporary, but grace is eternal.
But as the law made man's sins increase, God's grace increased even more. God's grace was more than adequate to deal with man's sins. Even though sin and death still reign in this world, God's grace is also reigning through the righteousness of Christ.
An Old Testament story helps us understand the conflict between these two "reigns" in the world today. God rejected Saul as the king of Israel, and anointed David. Those who trusted David eventually shared his kingdom of peace and joy. Those who trusted Saul ended in shame and defeat (see 1 Sam. Chaps. 9-31).
Like David, Jesus Christ is God's anointed King. Like Saul, Satan is still free to work in the world and seek to win people's allegiance. Sin and death are reigning in the "old creation" over which Adam was the head, but grace and righteousness are reigning in "the new creation" over which Christ is the Head. And as we yield to Him, we "reign in life" (Rom. 5:17).
Applying God's Truth:
1. What is your definition of God's "grace"? What is a personal example?
2. Without God's grace, how do you think the religion of Christianity would be different?
3. To what extent do people determine which of the two "reigns" is more in control?
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