“They which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).
Take out your visual Tour Guide (click here if you’ve lost your copy); I want to show you something that will help you tremendously. Also, grab a pen – because now you get to doodle.
First, draw a crown on the head and put a scepter in the hand. Next, put a glow around the person in the picture. Then, in the margin to the right, put “Reigning in Life” – with an arrow pointing to the drawing.
This illustrates the great truth of Grace in the clearest of terms, and helps us see one of the dominant teachings of the New Testament – which is, our unsurpassed victory in Jesus over the power of Sin and Death.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).
Jesus not only forgives us, He frees us from the power of sin and death. He not only redeems us, He raises us to reign in life. The one distinguishing mark common to all those who follow Jesus is they are “over-comers.”
Jesus said, “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). And now, because we are in Him and He is in us, we also overcome. John the Beloved, one of Jesus’ closest friends, said, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1John 4:4).
In a world of whiners, Christ makes us winners. However, some settle for being wieners. That is not the way of grace!
Yes, in Jesus we can reign in life. Mark well these words, for they speak of a noble calling; a high and happy placement in life; a triumph and a glory that gives no place for self-pity and belittling doubts; for second-guessing, or second-class living.
The Apostle Peter, who we will meet in a short while just up the road, put it this way – “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1Pe 2:9).
John the Revelator wrote, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen” (Rev 1:5-6).
Jesus Himself said, “I have come that they might have life – abundant life” (John 10:10). It is a life above the common. That’s an overcoming life!
Paul faced unbelievable difficulties, but withstood the assault in kingly grace. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” he wrote. “Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
And then, he answers his own question, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:35-39).
More than conquerors? One translation puts it this way, “Overwhelming victory is ours.” (The Living Bible) In simple terms – we don’t just overcome the powers of darkness; we overwhelm them!
The Lord Jesus supplies us with all the provision God has for His people. Grace – the empowering presence of God enabling you to be who God created you to be, and to do what He has called you to do…right where you are.
Therefore, those who receive the gift of righteousness, being made right with God through Jesus; and who receive the gift of grace, the power of Christ to do God’s will, shall reign in life by Jesus.
But, hold on – there’s more!