Romans 5:17 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.
In my opinion, this has got to be one of the best verses in the Bible! What an amazing statement. This verse gives us the key to a victorious life: you just receive! You don’t work hard, stay up all night, strive or earn, you just take what God is freely offering you.
The law put a demand on you, but God’s grace supplies your needs.
What do you receive? Two things: the abundance of God’s grace and the gift of righteousness.
Imagine, a young and penniless concert violinist, who goes to an auction house looking for a better instrument. While there, he has the opportunity to play on an expensive and valuable Stradivarius Violin for sale. He plays brilliantly. When he’s finished, a businessman, who was listening closely, taps him on the shoulder and says: “The Violin is yours if you really want it. Meet me after the auction.” Later that day, the businessman bids for the instrument and after bidding an enormous sum of money, obtains the Violin.
Now, if the violinist believes the promise made to him, he will simply turn up after the auction and politely take the instrument from the businessman’s hands. If he doesn’t turn up, then he certainly doesn’t believe the promise and he definitely doesn’t go home with a Stradivarius! If he turns up and offers to pay something towards the cost, he risks offending the businessman’s generosity. If he takes the instrument but offers to pay back the businessman in some way, then again he risks offence.
Similarly, God wants us to take from him his abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness! He wants you to live in the abundance of his supply. Get thinking, imagining, praying and believing and see your God exceed your expectations!
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