“just as sin
reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in
eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:21
Have you ever read a story about an ancient kingdom with a terrible king? There are many great examples of this throughout literature, but my mind instantly goes back to the kings of Israel in the Old Testament. The majority of their kings did not honor the Lord, and it led to disastrous consequences for the people of God. The reign of a monstrous leader is oppressive for those under his control.
In the second half of Romans 5, Paul explains that all of humanity exists under the cruel reign of sin and death. Just by virtue of being born into this world, we are subjected to the power of sin. There is no way around it. You and I are sinners, and we never got to check a box when we were born to determine whether or not we would be sinners. It’s natural for us because we are born into a world separated from God. By virtue of sin and separation, we are under the power of death. The very thing we were never meant to experience as the crown of God’s good creation. Sin and death are terrible rulers. They do nothing but add suffering to our lives and steal our joy.
The wonderful news of Paul’s gospel message is that sin and death have been overpowered by a new ruler, grace. How incredible does that sound? Grace now reigns in our lives instead of sin and death. God’s unmerited, undeserved favor and love is now our ruler. That means forgiveness overflows to us. Our lives are no longer controlled by the consequences of our sin and our human nature, but by the goodness of God. By his death and resurrection, Jesus has assumed the throne, and those who place themselves under the reign of this ruler, will be free from sin and death while receiving the riches of God’s grace for all eternity.
May the knowledge of God’s grace overflowing into your life bring you peace, comfort, and security. You are not defined by your worst moments, but by the grace of God. You belong to a King that exists for your good, not your destruction.
Discussion Questions: Has there ever been a time when you felt like sin and death were powerful? When did you discover that God’s grace was more powerful? How can your family live by the principle of “grace reigns in our lives” in your home?