There’s a CLEAR difference in quality when you forget to do your project vs. your project that you’ve been meticulously working on for MONTHS. We may panic and fill out our homework as our teachers our collecting it and hand in what is just a piece of paper with scribbles and nonsense, a fruit of sheer panic and lack of preparation. Or we may diligently create something that’ll yield in great praise and award. This passage signifies the magnitude of God’s grace, which was intentional and much heavier than the result of man’s sin.
Notes on the text
16 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!
This signifies the purpose and power of grace. The verse before mentions how Adam’s sin has caused death to reign over even those who did not directly break a command. Instead of one person’s sin inflicting damage to everyone, this passage says that the gift of Jesus and God’s grace is the opposite: it is one man who will die for all sins, bringing grace and life to everyone. If sin can result in death that is so strong, how much stronger must be God’s grace for us!
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!
This verse emphasizes the verse mentioned above, but I felt like it was important to stress this: the sin (the fall or mistake) of man has led to the domination of death, but if Jesus (who is God in flesh) has intentionally come to earth to abolish us from sin, how much more powerful is that? Man’s mistake may have brought death, but Christ’s intentional love for us has given us a new way to live now and eternal life forever later on.
Death may have ruled over mankind due to the fall of one man, but death will be triumphed due to the grace that’s been poured out by one man, Jesus.
Gifts from God far outweigh the results of sin.
I know school has started and I know homework stresses everyone out; quizzes freak us out and tests give us anxiety. I’m telling you now that you can have a greater impact than those exams. By practicing peace, hope, and joy, you can shift the atmosphere in your schools and within your friend groups. We should be overflowing with the things of the Kingdom of Heaven. Before going to school, pray and do devotionals! Before you sleep, do the same. Make an effort to access the Kingdom.