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Many Benefit from One Sacrifice

Romans 5:16-17
Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 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. (Amen)

Jewish law demanded 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth'. Personal injury to other people must be paid for personally - the punishment would be the same as the injury caused. One person would pay for each person who suffered. But the punishment taken by Jesus was different. He was all alone when He took responsibility for all the sins of everybody, and Father God was satisfied.

More than that, the righteousness of Christ has not just been given only to one man, however holy he might be. Christ's righteousness is given freely and equally to all those who believe in Him. Not only does that gift cancel the threat of eternal judgement, but it also brings 'an abundant provision of grace'! As Romans 8:32 says, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"

Without Christ, people might be well described as the 'living dead'; death stalks them to inevitable defeat as a ruthless ruler terrorises those he defeats. But in Christ, those who were once dead in sin become alive (Ephesians 2:4-7) and reign with Him. That should be the nature of Christian living: unafraid of death, confident in life, satisfied by God's provision, with a clean conscience and covered by a righteousness which is given and not earned. So if you are a believer that is your status in Christ. Live that life with joy and thanksgiving. As you do, others, who are terrorised by the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15), will notice and some will want to know how your Jesus can be their Jesus too.

Great God of abundant provision. Thank You that You did not demand the world's population to be sacrificed for their many sins, but that Jesus was the sole sacrifice. Thank You for all the blessings which come to believers, sins forgiven, abundant provision and a home in heaven. Forgive me when I treat His grace lightly and when I forget how great is the salvation I have received. Please help me to live as a joyful, death liberated, abundantly supplied heir of the kingdom. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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