Week of October 21 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Romans 5:18-21

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Reflect: What are the benefits of God’s grace, made available to us through Jesus Christ? (Re-read Romans 5:1-11)

Consider: so through the obedience of one many will be made upright. This is the climax in the paragraph: the influence of Christ is overwhelming and knows no bounds. Cf. Phil 2:6–8. Jesus’ obedience to the will of his Father has had an effect on the destiny of all human beings. “His whole life was determined by this obedience, and this obedience has won lawful and theological significance for the humanity of the eschatological period” (Michel, Brief an die Römer, 191).4

Respond: How does understanding the abundance of God’s grace help you deal with concern about your sins? What is your response to this amazing act God has done for you? How does this passage affect your heart toward God? Allow your response to lead you to a time of personal worship to Him today.

4 Joseph A. Fitzmyer S.J., Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, vol. 33, Anchor Yale Bible (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2008), 421.