“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”(Romans 5:17)  What a powerful scripture, what a wonderful promise.  I can reign in life.  What, little bitty old me can reign in life?  But I’m not talented like others I know, I’m just not the sharpest knife in the drawer, I came from just an average family, I’ve never accomplished anything above mediocre in my whole life.  How can this be?  It has absolutely nothing to do with you.  It’s all from the Lord; our only involvement is to believe.  Let’s look closer at this verse.

This verse is telling us that sin and its wages (death) came from Adams disobedience.  From the time of Adams fall until Jesus resurrection, death reigned on planet earth.  The death that the human race inherited was not just physical death, although that is included.  It was sickness, sin, poverty, anger, wars drought, relationship problems, well the list could go on and on.  From birth man had a sin nature and could do nothing about it.  Although there were some notable men and women in the Old Testament, they were still far from reigning in life.  Mankind needed a savior, someone who could not just forgive but also pay his sin debt.  Jesus did just that.  With no help from us, He paid our sin debt, gave us His righteousness and grace which is all we need in this life.  A portion of second Corinthians chapter five, verses 17-21 says, “for He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  Jesus took my sin and gave me His righteousness in exchange.  It’s hard for us to wrap our brain around the fact that Almighty God, who is pure righteousness and glory, would sacrifice Himself for sinful man who repeatedly turned his back on God.

It says in our scripture verse that we have received abundance of grace.  Grace means unearned favor and it’s true that we could never do anything to deserve Father God’s love and favor toward us. But it says we will reign in life through the One Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus and His righteousness and grace that we could ever hope to be someone in this life, but we do have His grace and righteousness so we can reign in life.  Let’s look at other scriptures that confirm that we can walk in victory in this life.  Romans 8:37 says we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  Sin shall not reign in our life, Romans 6:10-23.   “And whatever you ask in My name that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13.  And a portion of the 91 Psalm, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.  He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

To reign in life means to reign over sin and death (the results of sin) in every area of life.  The dictionary says that reign means royal authority or to possess sovereign power.  Wow how would you like to possess sovereign power over sin in your life, to control your finances, over your thought life, over sickness and over satan and his demons?  To reign in life also means to have the power to bring all the promises and blessings of Almighty God into your life.  This is God’s will for us and Jesus defeated our enemy so we would be able to do it.  The only thing we have to do is realize that all the power of God is resident in our recreated spirit (if we are born again) and we just have to renew our mind (Romans 12:1-2) and actively be a doer of The Word.  Let’s do it, you can!  Get in the Word.  Immerse yourself in Jesus.  We can be one with Him and He will be one with us.  If we truly live “in the secret place of the Most High,” (Psalm 91:1) we will reign in life.

May the peace and grace of our Father be with you always.