ROMANS 5:17 (KJV):
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
When I study and meditate on God’s Word through the Scriptures, I love to look at bible verses in different translations. It gives on perspective. Although in my library, I am fortunate to possess many different translations to compare, I also use the Internet to broaden my search, sites such as Bible Gateway or Bible Hub.
So in saying, let me give you a translation, of the same verse, from the Weymouth New Testament:
Romans 5:17 (WNT):
“For if, through the transgression of the one individual Death made use of the one individual to seize the sovereignty, all the more shall those who receive God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in Life through the one individual, Jesus Christ.”
THE IMPACT OF GOD’S WORD:
The apostle Paul, who wrote the Letter to the Roman church–inspired by the Holy Spirit–gives us a comparative look:
1. The CONDEMNING ACT of Adam–
2. The REDEMPTIVE ACT of Christ Jesus.
Adams sin (transgression), brought universal death to all of mankind (Romans 3:10, 23) when he accepted Satan’s lie: “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).
However, Jesus’ sacrifice brought salvation to those who believe (John 3:16). Jesus’ one act of redemption was immeasurably greater than Adam’s one-act of condemnation.
HOW MUCH IS “ABUNDANCE”?
Romans 5:17 b…all the more shall those who receive God’s abundance of grace…
Did we get just enough to get by when we were saved by believing in Jesus? Is that all there is? Did we get just a teacup full of “grace”?
As some of you who follow my blog know, my favorite verse in the New Testament is John 10:10:
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I [JESUS] came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” [Amplified Bible]
Having “ABUNDANCE” till it overflows!
Given without a hitch, without strings attached, without measurement. It’s like the Eveready Battery commercial: It keeps on giving every moment of the day throughout our entire lives!
Unlike Adam’s Act In Genesis…
Christ’s Act–has and will–accomplish exactly what He intended. He called us as Christians TO “REIGN!” : That is a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful, has authority.
GOD’S ORIGINAL PLAN:
Genesis 1:27, 28, 30 b:
[ 27] “So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.  And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion (authority, dominance, power) over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.  –to everything in which there is the breath of life–“
“Reigning in Life” (Romans 5:17):
The word “REIGN” here, means to reign in life as a KING (not just in the masculine sense), to have kingly rule…possess kingly dominion as God originally intended before Adam’s act
Reign in circumstances…
Based on the authority of God’s Word, you are destined to “reign in life” as a king; “kingly dominion” over all your challenges and circumstances. The time has come for us to stop “ABDICATING” our right to rule in life! Remember, God has positioned us through His Son, to reign!
Ephesians 2:4-6 (AMP):
 But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us.  Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are SAVED (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).  And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the anointed One).
NOTICE VERSE 4:
But God, who is RICH IN MERCY, because of His great LOVE with which He loves us; yet we were Spiritually Dead, but God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love…
SALVATION IS FOR GOD’S GLORY!
GOD took you and I who were Spiritually Dead, gave us His boundless mercy and love.
IN VERSE 5:
Spiritually speaking here in verse 5, “at your best, you were dead in trespasses.”
Salvation brings Spiritual Life to the Spiritual Dead…
Remember, the POWER that raises the BELIEVER out of death, is the same POWER that brought you to life and it’s the same POWER that energizes every aspect of our Christian living–our circumstances, our trials, our doubts.
ALSO VERSE 6:
When we are SAVED from eternal death, we are raised up together; made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Your physical body is still on earth, but your spiritual body…you get the picture here I hope.
The tense of “RAISED” and “MADE” indicates that these are immediate and direct results of SALVATION!
Verse 6 says, in the HEAVENLY PLACES in Christ Jesus. It is the supernatural realm where God reigns.
LIVING IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM:
The SPIRITUAL is as real as the PHYSICAL world–BUT…it is different because it cannot be seen and tested. Though the body itself is in the PHYSICAL REALM, the life within the body comes from the spirit. [i] –See footnotes.
The Bible states clearly, we are to REIGN in life through Christ Jesus and… RECEIVING two important things from Him:
1. The ABUNDANCE of Grace
2. The GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS (He declared you “righteous” at the Cross).
Worldly Thinking By Man–
Man’s thinking goes like this: For God to BLESS him/her, he needs to DESERVE, EARN and MERIT God’s favor. Man thinks that God’s blessings are based on his performance and good works.
God’s way isn’t about ACHIEVING, but about RECEIVING! (We are to receive!).
The WORLD’S SYSTEM Regarding SUCCESS in Life–
The SYSTEM is driven into our heads from the time we are children, through the teenage years, and emphasized through our working years. All built on SELF EFFORT and DILIGENCE.
How many times did my parents advise and direct my paths? “Quit being a procrastinator…a lazy teenager!” Continue with your schooling; with the idea of being successful in life. Now that IS good advice, don’t get me wrong. However, a stigma can sometimes arise in a impressible child growing up: “If I keep at this thing…due diligence will lead to my success!” We can be sometimes find ourselves on the deserted island of “I” (I did it).
We are driven to “do, do, do,” forgetting that Christianity is actually “done, done, done.” [ii] See Footnotes.
I’m a very visual person when reading and studying God’s Word and the Bible can certainly give us a picture of the believer, resting in finished and completed work of JESUS.
Hebrews 10:12, 14:
 “Whereas this One [Christ], after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins [that shall avail] for ALL TIME, sat down at the right hand of God.”
 “For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.”
VERSE 14 once more–
DECLARING that you were PERFECTED FOREVER!
Our works, self-efforts, will, and can rob us of REIGNING in life by His grace. You cannot earn your SALVATION, your HEALING, your FINANCIAL breakthrough by your own efforts.
GOD has called the REDEEMED to REIGN!
Revelation 1:6 (Young’s Literal Translation):
6 and did make us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him [is] glory and the power to the ages of the ages! Amen.
So if that’s you, reach out to Him in your spirit and RECEIVE your DESTINY…your AUTHORITY! How do you reach out?
YOU PRAY…Lord, your Word is true and I believe it! I’m tired of trying to be worthy in your eyes and everyone elses. I was made worthy when your Son’s blood was shed on the Cross for my sins. I am the REDEEMED in Christ. I am worthy to RECEIVE the gift of kingship and to receive my destiny. Have Your Holy Spirit empower me to take dominion over my life. In JESUS’ Name I pray. AMEN.
Footnotes and Photos:
Photo Inserts: Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Courtesy of Starpulse.com and Disney Productions & Foto Search.
[i] – From ChristWords.com–Christ’s words in Ancient Greek.
[ii] – Quote from a Howard Strickland sermon.