Reigning In Life

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:17

What does it mean exactly to “reign in life”?

I would like to propose to you that it means exactly what it sounds like: that Jesus intends for us to enjoy the benefits of every blessing He has given us.

He intends for us to be without anxiety, to be satisfied, to experience joy, and to be saved, healed, delivered.

How are we to receive these benefits? What do we do in order to get them?

That is the best news of all; we don't have to do a single thing. Jesus paid it all! All we have to do is receive. Read it for yourself in the passage above from Romans. Who is it that reigns in life?

It is, quite simply, “those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness”.

Grace is the unmerited favor that Christ offers to everyone who will simply say “yes”. The fact that it is unmerited should be a source of great joy to us; it means not only did we not earn it, but also that we can't lose it! If we did nothing to gain it to begin with, how could we possibly do anything to lose it?

Even more exciting is the gift of righteousness. Righteousness means “right standing with God”. It means that when God looks at us, and we have accepted the gift of eternal life through Jesus, God sees us as righteous. It means that even when we stumble, we are still “right with God”.

Remember that when Jesus died to pay for your sins, all your sins were future sins! So you're not just “okay for now” – you are “perfected forever”.

What the law could never do, and what we could never do through trying to adhere to the law, Jesus did for us.

And now, we are told that once we have received this abundance and this gift that we will “reign in life”; not in the mystical hereafter, but in life! In the here and now.

So what does it mean if we are not experiencing this thing called “reigning in life”? What does it mean when we are faced with sickness, or lack, or adversity? Should we be discouraged?

By no means! We should know that these circumstances are the work of the enemy. They are not God's way of “teaching us a lesson” and they are not His will for us. Believing otherwise is the opposite of “receiving the abundance of grace”.

Now be cautious, because this is the point at which it's easy to fall into feelings of guilt or self-condemnation. If you are experiencing sickness, pain, or adversity, don't blame God-and also don't blame yourself.

Simply step up, and receive that which has been freely given to you by the Son of God: the “abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness”. If you are facing any kind of suffering in your life, you might want to pray something like this:

“Father, thank you for the abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness that you granted me through your mighty work on the cross. Thank you for taking all authority over death and hell. Thank you for the gift of eternal life, and for the privilege of reigning in life through the one, Jesus Christ.”

Watch what God will do for you when you accept his gifts!

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Tellis

    Hello Ray,

    Thanks for your enlightening and uplifting post.

    I’ve been getting your posts for over a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I’ve found them to be insightful, practical and to the point. I also enjoy how you address both the professional and spiritual aspects of our lives, which brings balance to perspective on life in its fullness. 

    You’ve also done a great job in blending your natural talent with your spiritual gift to help others like myself make those little steps toward achieving long term success. I imagine your unique approach would be met with some degree of challenge from those of us who would prefer you to be either totally professional or completely spiritual. 

    Yet, there are many of us, who do understand and appreciate your balanced approach. It’s my prayer that other professionals like yourself would be encouraged to blend their God-given talents with their spiritual calling to help others experience long term success as they reign in this life and the life to come with Christ.

    Once again thank you and keep up the great work.

    • Thank you for sharing – I really do appreciate you and your kindness. Be blessed!

  • Glenn Yenulis

    I thank you Ray, for being a man of conviction.  Your willingness to put it all out there is refreshing and an example to the rest of us to be the men (or women) God wants us to be.

    • Amen, Glenn – let’s go be those men and women!

  • Don Taylor

    Thanks for this post, Ray. It was about 3 years ago now that I first read Joseph Prince’s book, “Destined to  Reign” – and the information in it has literally changed my life. I had been around churches all my life that mixed grace with law (God loves you, but he’s sitting there with a two-by-four, waiting for you to make a mistake). For that reason having God’s truly abundant grace presented to me in Joseph’s book was quite a challenge for me to absorb. So I spent several nights with the book and two or three translations of the Bible, just “digging in”.

    As I said, my life has changed for the better, and I now have no problem expecting God to be in every situation and to apply His abundant grace on my behalf; His love knows no bounds.

    I now keep copies of DTR on hand at all times and hand them out whenever I’m impressed to do so. Jesus is the kindest person I have ever met.


    PS: What a great day for a post about grace – it’s Pentecost, and we can celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit!

    • Thanks Don, you’re right — Pastor Prince’s book is a great help. So is his new book, Umerited Favor. Bless you my friend!

  • Anonymous

    Thankful, I AM.

  • Awesome article, Ray. I’m saving this one for future reference. I love your articles and read them faithfully. You are right on. I have always wondered how people survive who don’t KNOW God and His love for us. Thank you.

  • Awesome post!