loving the logic in romans 5 this morning :).
argument: death came to all humankind through one man, adam, because of one transgression.
in contrast, life is provided for all humankind, through Jesus, because of the effectiveness of his righteousness - in spite of our many, many transgressions.
what Jesus gives is stronger, bigger, and more effective ... so, if death ruled in humankind because of adam, life will rule SO MUCH MORE in all those who receive the gift of Jesus' righteousness.
and it really does.
eternal life doesn't just begin once death takes away temporal life. it begins now, and it's beautiful. i'm thinking of christians i know ... christians who love the unlovely - tirelessly, without thanks. christians who trust God enough to make huge life changes when he nudges them. christians who persist in daily doing good. christians who pour out their hearts and paycheques for people in need. christians who walk in the sort of love and joy and peace that makes you cry. because they've been given the gift of righteousness, and they walk gladly in it - reigning in life.
'much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.'