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Day 23: Romans 5:12-19

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.

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 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. 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 the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 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.”

If you’ve been following this 31 day series, you know it has not happened every day like it is supposed to. I was probably a little over-eager for thinking I’d have time to blog every day…especially when I’m out of town for half of it. But it’s actually a very good exercise. I want my word to be reliable, but more importantly I want my priorities to be in order. I probably could have run off and written a quick post, but it would likely have been half-hearted and it would have taken me away from spending time with my family.

Just as I’ve been saying, life is not about reaching a standard. There’s grace because we can’t reach the true standard of perfection. There’s a couple of different meanings to that word: perfection. The world sees it as doing everything the way that is “acceptable” and “appropriate” (my husband’s favorite word — not). But the real definition of perfection (the Bible’s) is doing everything according to God’s commandments. And we can’t do that. But Jesus did! There is grace for our many imperfections because we are standing behind Jesus who presents us to the Father as one of His. I’m His! I belong to the One who brings salvation. His righteousness reigns.

I love the way the truth of the Gospel can draw us in to intimacy with God. It has the power to ignite a fire where there was not even a spark. This series has been so good at doing that for me. I leave feeling excited because Jesus is Lord and I belong to Him.