#5624 – Gift of Righteousness

Good morning people who live in the finished work of our resurrected King.

Yesterday, we talked about the word ‘redemption’ which means ‘ransom in full.’ I don’t think that this truth can be overstated. I definitely need to hear it time after time.

Here is another passage of scripture that unpacks this further today:

Romans 5:15-17 NIV But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 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!

God’s grace is so much greater than our sin! What Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross of Calvary and in His resurrection far exceeds what Adam & Eve caused in the Garden of Eden.

And herein lies a truth that we should never forget: Who God is and what God has done is always far greater than what the devil or any person could ever be or do! There is no contest!

I love the way that this scripture tells us that God’s grace came through Jesus, but it goes further to tell us that this grace brought a gift too.

Do you know what the gift that comes from God’s grace is?

It is the gift of God’s righteousness that has been imputed to us through Jesus! In the Father’s eyes, we look like Jesus! That’s right!

And it is because of this gift of righteousness – being in right standing with God – that we can reign in life through Jesus Christ.

The longer I live, the more I am convinced that our greatest need is an increased revelation of who Jesus is and of all that He has legally purchased for us through His life, death and resurrection.

The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing!