20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All of Romans 5:12-21 is an incredibly rich and complicated bit of theological writing. In a simple summary we discover that sin and death entered the world through one person, Adam. Life, the Love of God and grace have entered through one man – Jesus. The incredible explosion of grace in Christ not only completely transforms all those who by faith receive Jesus, grace makes us “agents” of the same grace. Practically speaking Paul writes to a church community so disappointed in each other that it threatens their common life together. Being an “agent of grace” can mean that I don’t condemn you just because I disagree with you. Grace means we find a way to love each other because you are my sister, Jesus is our brother and God is our Father.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Take time to pray Psalm 96. Allow it to shape prayers of thanksgiving as you are reminded of who God is.