Romans 5:15-17 (NIV)
15 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! 16 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. 17 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!
Verse 16 starts with this sequence: one sin -> judgment -> condemnation. Given God is holy and just, this is congruous and makes sense. The continuation is this sequence: many sins -> gift of God (in Christ) -> justification. This does not make sense, but it is the incongruity of the superabundant grace of God! This also means the gift of God is not free in the sense of being available for the taking without any consequence. In God’s gift, we don’t take – we receive and are joined into Christ where the right and full life God intends supernaturally becomes our life.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for this gift that is so not like the trespass. We receive your gift afresh and along with that the joining into Christ and new life in him today! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to the song “Your Grace Amazes Me” by Christy Nockels/Passion (click here).