02/04/Th – Reigning Grace

1 Chronicles 29:1-30; Romans 5:12-21; Psalms 16:5-8; Proverbs 7:1-5

OT: “May you be blessed, Lord God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your own hand.” (‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭29:10b-14‬ ‭CSB)

As David transitioned rulership over to Solomon and made all the preparations for the building of the temple, David held back no expense. All of the silver and gold that he amassed during his reign, he gladly dedicated to the Lord. David had a good perspective on material wealth. He believed that all he had was not his to begin with. All of his victories… all of his winnings… all of his riches were all blessings from the Lord. If God gave David everything that he had, why wouldn’t he be willing to dedicate it all back to God. And if God was able to give David everything he had, then God would be able to bless him again. David did not consider it right to withhold anything from God. That should be our attitude. That should be my attitude. Oh the blessings of grace that God would get to us if He knew that He could get those blessings of grace through us.

NT: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned… But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift which comes through the grace of the one man Jesus Christ overflowed to the many. And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. If by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is justification leading to life for everyone. For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous… so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:12, 15-19, 21‬ ‭CSB)

Sin entered the world through Adam, and all descendants of Adam (all humanity) have been infected with sin. Jesus Christ was not conceived with Adam’s seed, but was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was thus born without sin. Through Adam’s one act of disobedience, sin and death was allowed to reign on the earth. Through Christ’s one act of obedience on the cross, justification leading to life was made available to anyone who believes. Through Adam, all were made sinners. Through Christ, all can be made righteous through faith in Him. Just as Adam opened the door for sin to reign in death, Christ through his death and resurrection, opened the door for grace to reign through righteousness – defeating the reign of death, resulting in eternal and abundant life. We no longer have to be ruled by sin – no longer do we have resign ourselves to being sinners. Through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, God’s grace reigns in our lives… we are declared righteous, transferred from death to life, and changed from sinners to saints.

Psalms: “Lord, you are my portion and my cup of blessing; you hold my future. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I will bless the Lord who counsels me — even at night when my thoughts trouble me. I always let the Lord guide me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:5-8‬ ‭CSB)

I love this passage out of Psalm 16. The reason I love it so much is because it is so true of me. As I have surrendered my life and my future to the Lord, The Lord’s boundary lines for my life have fallen in pleasant places. Our independent human nature doesn’t like boundary lines – we want to be free to do whatever we want to do. How many know that kids who were never given boundaries grow up to be difficult and immature adults? Instead of me trying to figure out what is best for my life, I made the decision long ago to allow God to show me what He desires to do with my life – and that has made all the difference. My life hasn’t always been easy and comfortable – but oh the grace that I have received from the hand of God. I do have a beautiful inheritance because I let the Lord guide me… and because He is directing my paths… because He is leading me in what I should do and not do, I will not be shaken. Thank you Lord for your reigning grace.

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