"For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)" (Rom. 5:17 AMP).
One of our greatest problems is relegating everything to the future. Think about the songs we sing: "When we all get to Heaven...." Thank God we are going to get there, but we don't have to wait until we get there to enjoy God's blessings. We can have them now!
Yes, we will reign with Christ then. But we don't have to wait until then! When does our text say we will reign as kings? Now! In life! In this life! How? By Jesus Christ!
Paul used this illustration of reigning as kings because in the day in which he lived, they had kings. Each king reigned over his own particular domain. His word was the final authority. What he said went! He ruled. He reigned.
The Word says that we reign in life by Christ Jesus. Why? Because we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ.
Confession: Because I have received the free gift of righteousness, which puts me into right standing with God, I reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. I reign as a righteous king in my domain. What I say goes!
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa, OK , USA. www.rhema.org )