For years we have gone through our spiritual lives thinking, "Jesus' death gave me eternal life. End of story."
Bringing it to the absolute basics would be like this:
SIN = DEATH
JESUS = LIFE
While this is true, there is a problem with this line of thought:
Romans 5:15-16 - 15But the free gift is not like the trespass... 16And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin...
So with these thoughts, there must be a difference. And there is...
Romans 5:17 - 17For 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.
The free gift is not like the trespass...
The free gift according to verse 17 should be MUCH MORE!
What is the much more? When you think of the curse that came because of what happened in the Garden of Eden, what things come to mind? (sin, death, sickness, pain, sadness, darkness, hatred, etc).
When you think of the blessings that came because of what Christ did on the cross, what things come to mind? I have to say I wasn't really shocked when I asked this question and the only answer that came quick to mind to me and to others was eternal life.
IS THAT IT? What about the MUCH MORE? What about having life and having it more abundantly?
Notice the words after much more, but we have to filter it a little...
Romans 5:17 - much more will those... reign in life!
Sometimes our thoughts get interrupted by the commas. But the thought is complete our life (here and now) is supposed to be one of reigning, but we keep walking around defeated!
We need to start trusting, having faith in, and standing on the promises of God! Romans 4:20 says that Abraham was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised!
If you can insert your name where Abraham's is, then find the promises of God that relate to your situation and start standing!!! (Ephesians 6:10-18)
sin = death
JESUS = LIFE and SO MUCH MORE!!!
Just a thought... in A Field of Roses