Saturday, March 27, 2010

ABUNDANT LIFE IN CHRIST: His Reigning Position

For the fifth and final time, Paul uses the expression “much more” in Romans, chapter five. In verses 20-21, he writes, “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The key word is EXALTED—that is, we are reigning with Him. We hear the word, “reign” used here, and the Apostle has used the term previously in this chapter. For the believer to experience the abundant life, means that he or she, understands Christ’s exalted position and our position in Him.

Today, Satan is a usurper—he has taken that which is not his. God placed Adam and Eve in the garden and gave them dominion over it. They were to be stewards of God’s creation. But, when they disobeyed God, they stepped aside from that and Satan took over. Now, he works frantically, because his time is short. He knows that he is beaten and so he seeks to tear down all he can and drag down as many to hell as he can. We see the devastating effects of his “scorched earth” policy everywhere.

But, here’s the good news! Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound. God’s grace will ultimately triumph. The dominion Adam forfeited due to disobedience, will be reclaimed in Christ through His obedience on the cross. One day, He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Just remember that there is nothing over our head that is under His feet—and that’s everything!

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