To reign in life, that is a nice thought.
When Paul wrote this in Romans 5:17, what did he have in mind? Was it a picture of us sitting by a pool and being waited on by lesser people – people by the way who are definitely not reigning in life.
We know instinctively that the Christian calling is not one of laziness and luxury, but what was Paul saying?
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 tweet
The picture we have here is one that goes all the way back to the garden, the time when mankind fell from their high calling. What was that calling? We were created to be image bearers; those who reflected God’s good and compassionate reign into the world and then reflected the worlds praises back to Him. A royal priesthood, no less.
When sin entered we hid from God and reflected creation back to itself, which in turn unleashed all the corruption and horror that we see through history and to the present day.
Everything changed when Jesus went to the cross. There He defeated sin and death on our behalf, and now we have forgiveness and resurrection. We have a new covenant, the new creation has begun and those who turn to God can start to reflect the Divine to the dying. We pick up the mantle of the One who died and rose again, and reign in life. Not as overlords or tyrants, but servants who reflect the loving, suffering giving heart of God and declare the more than good news, that Jesus is risen and He is Lord.
Go well my friend.