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Romans 5:21 (NET) so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God told Adam that the day he eats of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, he will surely die (see Gen 2:17). As Adam and Eve ate of this fruit, they truly died and the first manifestation of this death recorded was that the glory of God departed from them, so much so that they now realized that they were naked.
Spiritual death is a separation from the life of God. It is like disconnecting an electrical appliance from its power source. The nakedness of a bright shining bulb cannot be seen while it’s still connected to power and shining. But as soon as it is disconnected, it’s nakedness and form can be seen and flies can even perch on it.
When our phones run out of power, we sometimes say ‘my phone is dead’ because it cannot function without power. Do you see how useless a phone is when the battery is dead? That’s an illustration of how ‘useless’ man is when he is disconnected from the life of God. And that was what happened to Adam and all of humankind after him.
It was because of this disconnection from the life of God that sin reigned. Today’s verse reveals that much: “Sin reigned in death”. In that state of disconnection from the life of God, sin reigns.
Everyone will be judged for his sins and not for Adam’s sin because we did not inherit Adam’s sin, we simply inherit his state of death that ensures that sin would reign over us.
The righteousness of Jesus we inherit is the nature that ensures that grace(divine power) reigns in us. And we need to be born again in order to receive this nature.
The way many understand grace and righteousness, they would have rather said righteousness reigns through grace. But that’s not what the scripture says(see today’s verse). You see, righteousness is right standing before God. This is received by faith in Christ Jesus. It is this right standing before God that gives us access to God’s abundant grace. This grace is what empowers us to walk in [practical] righteousness and reap the reward thereby. Grace also empowers us to walk in the divine nature and live the eternal life.
Go into today remembering that your justification and right standing before God has everything to do with Christ and you receive this by simply believing in Him. After receiving this right standing, you are expected to let grace reign in your life and live the divine life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me live the divine life, and let your grace reign in my life, in Jesus name. Amen.
-Abraham Damilola Arigi
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