16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous (Romans 5).
In “disobedience” one man committed “one transgression” and gave “condemnation” and “death”, making “sinners” of us all, yet through “obedience” in “one act of righteousness” Jesus bore “many transgressions” and gave “justification” and “life,” making many “righteous.” So many contrasts: disobedience/obedience; one transgression/many transgressions; condemnation/justification; death/life; sinners/righteous. Yet, the contrasts have one thing in common — they both “reign” and exercise kingly power.
From the very beginning the question has always been about who’s really in charge — God or man? Who is it that really reigns? It seems to me that our nation, and indeed the whole world, right now is being rocked by that same question. The heavenly spiritual conflict since the beginning of time seems to be cascading downward among us as never before. Man has had 2000 years of giving a response to the Truth that was revealed to us through Jesus Christ and His gospel. Cultures like our own, which were established on that Truth are being attacked at their very core.
Lord, we choose This Day once again Your reign in our lives — You and You alone are King! Lead us into obedience and righteousness and life, showing the world that by Your grace we have truly been justified. Amen.