“…those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)
In the context of the Scripture quoted above the Apostle Paul is telling us about four kings. Each of these kings enters, abounds and reigns. The first is King Sin. (He sounds like a Chinese king.) When he enters our life he abounds until he reigns. The next is King Death. He is the consequence of sin and he enters, abounds and reigns right behind King Sin. Those two are the bad news but the next two are the good news. King Jesus enters our lives. He wants to abound in our lives until He reigns in us. The fourth king is King You and King Me. The ultimate good news is that we can reign in life through Jesus Christ!
At the beginning of this fifth chapter of his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul writes the Good News that we have access by faith into grace that makes it possible for us to stand for Christ in this world and live a life that glorifies God. He then tells us that we should rejoice in our sufferings because they force us to access the grace God has made available to us by faith (vs. 3-5). In the verse above he writes that when we receive an abundance of this grace we will reign in life through Jesus Christ.
Do you understand this profound Good News Paul is sharing with us about these four kings? What sounds like a good hand at poker can give you and me the dynamic we need to stand for Christ, reign in life and live lives that glorify God and exalt Jesus Christ.