“The Grace Of One Man” ( Romans 5: 15, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“How much more do those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ,” writes Paul to the church at Rome. (Romans 5:17) “How much more does the grace of God and the gift overflow to the many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:15) “Through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone.” (Romans 5:18) “Through one man’s obedience the many are made righteous.” (Romans 5:19) “Grace is multiplied even more.” (Romans 5:20) “Grace reigns through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21)

Whose obedience does Paul highlight? Certainly not Adam’s or Eve’s. Certainly not mine or yours. Rather, Paul writes of one man’s obedience, of the one man, Jesus Christ who obeyed God the Father completely. Through Jesus’ obedience is “life-giving justification.” Through Jesus’ grace, “the many are made righteous.” Jesus’ grace overflows to us as does the gift of His own righteousness.

“What shall we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not!” (Romans 6:1) “What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not!” (Romans 6:15) “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He does not even spare His own Son but offers Him up for us all; how does He not grant also with Him us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies.” (Romans 8:31-33)

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. mtsweat says:

    I can park in Romans and read all day. Chapters 6-8 are probably my favorite resting spots… As Paul carries us from the truths of our current status (having died with Him, and having been raised with Him – pictured by our baptism), to the ever-insistent flesh begging and pleading for attention, to the revelation of who we are in Christ (…glorified!). Awesome words Carley. Thanks and God bless.

  2. lambskinny says:

    You’re welcome, Mtsweat. I love Romans 8, but 9 especially for God, through Paul, tells us that He is in control, and nothing takes Him by surprise. I find this truth incredibly comforting. God bless.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Patricia and Joe. God bless.

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Debbie. God bless you.

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