REIGNING WITH CHRIST
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.Romans :17
If you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior, you have received this abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness that Romans 5:17 talks about. This verse goes on to say that you shall reign by Jesus Christ. Now, where are you to reign?
It is inferred, and sometimes plainly taught, that we’ll reign with Jesus during the Millennium. This is true, but it’s not the whole truth. Others teach that we’ll reign in Heaven.
People have the impression that we can’t expect much in this life. This “impression” says You can be saved, all right. But you have to continue to be ruled by the devil, by sin, sickness, poverty, fear, and bondage. You have to go through life this way until you finally barely make it into Heaven. But that’s not what the Bible teaches.
Romans 5:17 says we can reign in life; IN THIS LIFE, by Christ Jesus. The very idea of reigning brings the thought of “kings” to mind. The very notion of reigning carries with it the idea of the ruling, of dominion, and of having authority.
Paul said we “reign in life.” We have the authority to rule and reign and have dominion in our life; in the life, we have here and now.
Hosea 4:6 says God’s people are destroyed because of their lack of knowledge. This means that if God’s people had knowledge of who they really are in Christ, of who God is, and of the rights and privileges of their dominion, they wouldn’t be destroyed. One reason Satan is often able to reign, or rule, in the life of Christians, is because those Christians do not realize the authority that has been given to them.
Many times Christians think Jesus is going to do everything for them; they do not realize they have a part to play. Notice that Romans 5:17 doesn’t say, “Jesus Christ will reign through you.” No! It says, “…THEY [that’s us] which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” This verse says that you and I will reign. Of course, it’s by, or because of, Jesus Christ that we have this authority, but He has given us the authority to rule and reign!
Confession – I am the righteousness of God in Christ, I am seated in a heavenly place in Christ! I am a King and Priest on earth. I reign and rule on this earth. I take over, I subdue, I reign!!