Abundant Grace, Abundant Righteousness, Abundant LIFE (Romans 5:17)
Don Johnson, April 25, 2010
As we see the unfolding contrasts between the act of Adam and the work of Christ, we come at last to the notion of 'reigning in life'. The ones who have received the abundant grace of v. 15 and the abundant righteousness of v. 16 receive also the power of grace in life that means not only a future reign, but a present reign in this life through Jesus Christ - a reign over the presence and power of sin as we yield ourselves to the Spirit and grow in grace.
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17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (ESV)