For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

– Romans 5:17 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

In this contrast of Adam and Jesus, Paul makes the point that death’s reign has been thrust upon us, but Christ’s gift has to be received. It takes no effort to see decay all around us, but if we want to reign over that decay, it is our responsibility to let God’s abundant grace take hold of our heart. God declares those who trust in Christ as righteous, or in right standing with Him. If we believe that, then how would we live differently today?

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