17 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!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
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.
“How much more” is a phrase that is often used by Paul in the first 8 chapters of Romans. For example, if sin and death reign, and we can see that all around us, then “how much more” will grace reign? Grace offers forgiveness and the opportunity to begin again, grace heals the soul, grace feeds the hungry and sets the captive free. Grace does not give up when others will. We approach the throne of Jesus to find a throne of grace where mercy is freely give and freely received. Grace meets all our needs especially the strength to keep going when all of our strength has failed. “Where sin thrives, grace thrives even more” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How will you apply what God is telling you in your life today?
- Is there someone you feel you need to tell this message to?
Take time to praise today. If you’ve got a phone and headphones, carve out time today to listen to worship music, or a song that helps you to connect with God. Start and end your regular routine with praise (remember, you don’t have to sing out loud!).