This is a four part series
- Much more surely will those who receive… reign as kings in life
- Understanding the exchange on the cross of Jesus Christ
- God is making His dwelling place amongst us!
- Defeat death, by removing it’s supply of sin (a lesson from the history of Babylon)
Now… as you ready for this? You may have noticed that I took verse 17 out of that list. That is because it contains a few words that separate it from the rest of those scriptures. It says “much more surely will those who receive… reign as kings”.
For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). – Rom 5:17
You and I – believers – are the ones who receive His work (for the benefit of the whole world)… and it is we who reign as kings.
What does it mean that we are kings? It doesn’t mean we have servants who serve us and we become rich and prosperous with massive houses and big glassy churches. No, it means we serve others in our faith and prayers.
From a position of quiet faith and persistance in our prayer closet, our faith and our prayers have a manifest effect on this world, removing death and releasing God’s favor, grace and mercy into this world.
As our persistant and ongoing faith (in the all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus Christ) cleans the feet of others around us, things in this world heal, grow and change for the better.
On the cross of Jesus Christ all hiding places of lies are removed, shelters of falsehood are removed, mountains are lowered, valleys are filled in, crooked places are made straight, uneven places are flattened and diving walls are removed.
The “fruit of the reign of death” is removed, and the “fruit of the reign of God’s grace” grows in it’s very place.
Democracy grows and violent fanaticism loses it’s diabolic power. The economy grows, creates jobs and stablity for governments to serve their citizens, while poverty-inducing greed is shunned. Families and marriages heal, while prostitution and pornography gradually declines.
It is in this way that we – believers – are called kings, because we serve others by having faith in Jesus Christ’s all-sufficient payment, His blood, His cross, His obedience, His sacrifice and His resurrection.