Verse: 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. 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. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In Romans 5:18-21, Paul paints a picture of God’s grace and redemption through Jesus. In verse 18 Paul reminds us of the devastating impact of Adam’s sin, which brought condemnation upon all humanity. But then, in contrast, he proclaims the life-transforming power of Christ’s righteousness. Through His perfect obedience and sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus offers justification and life to all who believe in Him. This is grace in its purest form.
In verse 19 Paul emphasizes the parallel between Adam’s disobedience and Christ’s obedience. Just as sin entered the world through one man’s fall, righteousness and salvation are made available to many through the obedience of Jesus. Our sinful nature is replaced with Christ’s righteousness when we place our faith in Him. Verse 21 concludes this passage by declaring that sin’s reign in death is overruled by grace reigning through righteousness. The ultimate outcome is eternal life.