The judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift… resulted in justification. 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 5:16-17
Christmas day is almost here and soon gifts will be placed around the tree with anticipation of what’s in them. What is the most special gift you’ve ever received? Did you receive it for Christmas, or on another occasion? Through the years I’ve received some amazing gifts, but Jesus is the most marvelous gift ever given. And it is the most needed gift ever given.
The apostle Paul taught that by one man sin entered the world, and death was pronounced upon all, for in Adam all have sinned. On the other hand, grace entered the world through Jesus, and a forgiven life and eternal life are available to all who believe. Christ brought us the gifts of grace, justification, righteousness, obedience, and eternal life.
Christ’s sacrificial death saved us. We now live with the gift of eternal life rather than under the curse of death. We can rejoice in God who, in His Son, atoned for our sins. Our justification is complete and irrevocable; there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.
What a marvelous gift! What a wonderful life!