Jesus Enables Us to Reign in Life

Jesus Enables Us to Reign in Life

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)  (Rom 5:17)

We are intended to reign in life through [due to; by way of; as a result of] the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.  Where are we to reign?  We reign as kings in this life—here and now.

Reign means to rule; to have authority; to be in power.  Where do kings reign?  They reign in their kingdom, territory, or domain.  We have the authority, given to us by Jesus, to have dominion in our own lives.  In our own lives, we have God-given power and influence, because our life is our domain!

Notice that Romans 5:17 reminds us that we’ve been given the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.  Let’s consider these two items.

The abundance of grace:  Abundance means plenty; richness; or lavishness.  Grace means unearned favor; God’s matchless kindness; or blessing.  Now, we understand that God has given each one of us an unending supply of His favor, kindness, and blessings!

The gift of righteousness:  A gift is something that has been given freely to another, such as a donation, scholarship, or grant.  Righteousness means right-standing; uprightness; or blamelessness.  Righteousness is a gift from God because those who have accepted Christ as their Savior have been justified by the work of Jesus Christ:  His sinless life; suffering and death; and resurrection from the dead.

So, since we are in right standing with God, there’s nothing that can come between us and Him.  And there’s no way to improve our righteousness with the Lord because it’s perfect right now—thanks to Jesus!

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  (Rom 5:8-10)

But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Rom 5:20b; 21)

The blood of Jesus washed away our sins.  (Rev 1:5)  We are new creatures.  (2 Cor 5:17)  We’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21).

God wants us to reign in life over ourselves, over sin, over death, and over every harmful, destructive thing. Before we can reign together with God over the nations and over the earth, we first need to reign in life today over sin and death (Rom. 5:17, 21).  Jesus has promised that He will be with us, and we know that Jesus has already obtained our victory!  Hallelujah!

You’re Not Under Condemnation, So REIGN!

You’re Not Under Condemnation, So REIGN!

(All Scriptures NKJV unless otherwise noted.)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  (Rom 8:1) 

This means that there are no legal grounds for condemnation before God.  We have been made right with God, and have been reconciled to Him.  It also suggests that we who have accepted Christ as our Savior live by obeying the Holy Spirit who lives within us.  Since we’re not under any condemnation, we’re no longer heirs to sickness or disease.  (See Gal 3:13)

The Bible is pretty specific in telling us that we are not under condemnation.  It recommends that we do not judge, do not condemn; but rather, that we forgive.

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  (Lk 6:37)  As we forgive others, and imitate our Father in heaven, we actually operate as children of God, representing His mercy and love.

He who believes in Him is not condemned . . .  (John 3:18)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  (John 5:24 KJV)

Not only are we declared righteous, but we’re told to reign in this life through Christ:  For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  (Rom 5:17)  Jesus has given us authority to rule and to reign! 

In order to rule and reign on earth, we must imitate the saints in the early Church.  It was said of them . . . these that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.  (Acts 17:6) 

How did those believers live who “turned the world upside down”?  They performed signs, wonders, and miracles in the Name of Jesus!  (Ac 2:43; 4:29-31; 5:12; 6:8; 14:3; Rom 15:19) 

What does that require of us?  It requires that we declare and decree the truths and promises of Scripture on behalf of others.  It requires that we speak forth the word of faith out of a heart filled with faith.  (Rom 10:8)

We, too, as the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21) are called to reign in this earth by turning our world upside down to the glory of God, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.