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Daily Devotions – Operating Grace – Righteousness

 

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Romans 5:15-21 (NIV)
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, 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! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Operating Grace—God’s work to save us
In a word or sentence describe God’s action(s) in saving His chosen

 

As the result of Adam’s sin, we all are condemned and face death. Sin is infectious. My choices to obey or not to obey not only affect me but many others as well. The amazing thing is that through Jesus’ obedience, it enabled me access to grace to receive the free gift of justification and righteousness. Your act of righteousness on the cross makes it possible for God to count me righteous and to give me life. Jesus, Your righteousness leads to my righteousness. Thank you so much for the death of Jesus on my behalf. Thank you that although I deserve judgment and condemnation, you have made it possible for me to be justified and to receive the righteousness from God by grace as a gift. Amen.