In Christ, our relationship with sin has changed. It becomes a tool in the Master’s hand to teach us righteousness.
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous sing and shout for joy and are glad.
Romans 5 puts it all together for us as to why Christ did things the way He did. The peace mentioned in verse 1 is far more than just a truce; it’s complete peace, meaning that there are now NO BOUNDARIES between us and the Father. And, nothing can come between us, not evil, not even our own choices (John 10:27-30, Romans 8:35-39).
Let’s look at verse 15, “But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man [Adam], how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
What is the gift that came by the grace of Jesus? We find it in John 4 and 7:
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38
History: The festival is the Feast of Booths, which was to commemorate the Israelites living in tents in the wilderness. It was to remind them that there is coming when they would live in the land of plenty; it’s a picture of heaven! Also, there was a ceremony on the last day where water was drawn from the Pool of Siloam in lower Jerusalem and taken up to the temple and poured out as an offering. Jesus was saying that He was that drink offering. It was a big Messianic sign.
Let’s talk about the word, “overflow.” It’s connotation is that we are filled to overflowing. With what? God’s grace! Our sins are washed away and we are covered with a non-stick material–His blood–and nothing ever sticks again. We are now overflowing with grace! The best illustration I know is from John 13 when Jesus washed Peter’s feet:
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, John 13:6-10a
Those who are in Christ Jesus are being made pure and holy, clean and righteous, and have been made blameless and without fault in His glorious presence, which is in us (Romans 8:1-2, 1 Corinthians 1:8-9, Ephesians 1:4, 5:26, Jude 1:24). Our sins are forgiven; now, when we act in contradiction with the Spirit (by turning away), He calls us to repent (turn back around and face Him). This act of repentance happens when we make confession (agreeing with God that what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong). When we confess to each other the things that draw us away from looking into the face of Christ, it helps us in two ways:
- We verbalize our weaknesses and can deal with them in the light;
- Others now know how to pray for us and can hold us accountable by asking us about them.
Never again are we judged according to our sin; Christ dealt with sin on the cross. Now, all who follow Christ walk in righteousness. Those who don’t walk in righteousness don’t have the Spirit, which means that they do not belong to Christ. If sin does not bother a person, then there’s no conviction of the Spirit. In contrast, even besetting sin (deep-rooted habits of bondage) comes with conviction of the Spirit; it may take years to overcome these problems. That’s okay. We have our entire lives that flow into eternity to have complete victory!
Tomorrow, we will talk about that victory. Today, let’s live in thankfulness and gratefulness for Christ’s sacrifice that rescued us from the bondage of sin.
Abba, I am deeply grateful for all You have done for me. I am not perfect, but I am blameless. My desire (which comes from the Spirit) is to be more and more like You. I know that I get that way by walking with You, gazing into Your beautiful face, and by obeying all that You say as You walk with me and counsel me. O, the love, joy and peace that flow from You to me! I am, indeed, thankful! May they pour out through me to others. Amen.