Thursday, November 05, 2009

Death Reigned MUCH MORE Life

Yesterday we were together as a team having spent a day considering joy and mission with @marcushoneysett, with a few guys from my church also among us for the day. We lingered together with God at the end of the day, worshipping and praying and enjoying God together, and I had a minor epiphany whilst sharing Romans 5:17

"For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ."

I'm studying Genesis with the staff this year (and beyond!) and we've recently done Genesis 5. There's much there to learn about Enoch the son who walks with God and gets back to God without taking us with him, and about the hope of the coming son Noah who will bring relief and rest to a frustrated creation.

Everyone else in the genealogy dies. It's relentless. Death reigning because of the sin of one man. Wave after wave of death comes, one smack in the face after another, and another and another... How much more relentless will be the waves of life that come through the one man Jesus Christ to those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness!

And we don't work for this - it's a free gift, something to receive abundantly. We need only ask and He will give the Holy Spirit without restraint and full of generosity.

1 comment:

  1. I love Romans 5.

    It's interesting to note, throughout this romans passage, the differences and contrasts as well as the similarities between Adam and Christ.

    So here, death reigns through one man (Adam), whereas those who receive grace reign in life through one man (Christ). The contrast isn't so much - death reigns in Adam, life reigns in Christ (though that is true of course) but death reigns, we-reign-in-life. Christ doesn't just swap death for life, but he establishes a kingdom of kings and priests, sons of God who reign.