The Book of Romans – Righteousness Reigns over Sin

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“God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21

Paul has been showing us that the law does not justify us. Now he shows that in itself, the law does not even make us sinners, Adam did that. What purpose does the law serve? It shows us that we are sinners in need of God’s grace. The law makes sin clearer and greater by clearly contrasting it with God’s holy standard. Many people have the idea that where grace reigns, there will be a disregard for righteousness and a casual attitude toward sin. That is not the reign of grace at all. Paul wrote in another letter, “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.” (Titus 2:11-13) God reigns through righteousness, and grace teaches righteousness. Grace does not accommodate sin; it faces it squarely and goes above sin in order to conquer it. Grace does not wink at unrighteousness; it confronts sin with the atonement at the cross and the victory won at the open tomb. Grace is no friend of sin; it is its sworn enemy. We cannot help being part of Adam as sinners, but we can change the out come of our lives by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and turn from sin.

“Jesus replied, “I assure you; no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So, don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.” (John 3:5-7) We can’t sin more than God can forgive, but we can reject His grace and forgiveness.

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