Scripture to Read: Romans 5:16–17
God continues to speak to us today about His incredible gift through Christ in Romans 5:16–17, “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.” God, because He is righteous, holy, perfect, sinless, and so much more, He must bring His judgment on all sin. God the Father’s ultimate judgment was poured out on Christ when Christ willingly submitted to the Father’s perfect will to take our punishment for sin on Himself. If Christ had not died for our sins, we would all receive condemnation from God the Father for our sins. But because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are justified (just-as-if-I’d never sinned) before God the Father for all eternity. Death has reigned in all people since Adam. But through Christ’s resurrection, death was defeated. God tells us this in 1 Corinthians 15:54–55, “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” God’s “good news” in Christ is absolutely worth living and sharing daily.
Challenge & Application
What did you see today about Christ’s payment that got you excited to share with others?
How are you living God’s “good news” daily, and how are you sharing this “good news” with others?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!