For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17)
While there’re many Christians today who are reigning in life and enjoying their glorious heritage in Christ, there’re still those who’re whining, crying, pleading and begging God for everything; toiling and failing, and this ought not to be. As seen in our opening verse, we’re not called to reign by our strength, but by grace through Jesus Christ; we’re sufficient in His sufficiency (2 Corinthians 3:5 AMP). Halleluiah!
Refuse to live as a victim in life; you’re called to reign. The word “reign” in our opening verse actually means “to king.” The Greek construction is accurately rendered thus: “…they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall king in life, by one, Jesus Christ.” You’re supposed to be “kinging” in life. This is what some of us have found out; we’ve received abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness, and as a result, we’re “kinging” in life; we’re living the life of dominion.
Sadly, some people look at us and think we must be doing something strange or wrong for our lives to be so glorious; but how could something wrong produce something so excellent? We’ve only taken advantage of the super-abundant grace that’s available in Christ Jesus.
We’ve all been given grace in abundance: the grace of God that brings salvation—wholeness, preservation, health, peace, deliverance, safety, security, prosperity—and all the blessings in Christ Jesus, has appeared unto all men (Titus 2:11). However, the question is, “Have you received that grace?” It’s those who have “received abundance of grace” that’ll reign in life.
This informs why the Apostle Paul charged Timothy to take advantage of the grace of God that’s in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). Become grace-conscious. Grace is the overflowing of God’s ability at work in your life; it’s the glory of God working in your spirit. The grace of God in your life brought about eternal life, righteousness, and oneness with the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “…he giveth more grace…” (James 4:6); meaning that there’s grace for everything and anything; whatever God has called you to do, there’s more than enough grace for it. Therefore, live in, and by, the “grace advantage.”