KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 – For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus reigned in life by the power of God and the righteous nature. I did not say the gift of righteousness. The Lord was righteous by birth. His righteousness was imparted by the Holy Ghost. The Lord did not have a human father. (It is the father that imparts the nature of the baby). He therefore did not have a sinful nature or the Adamic nature. 1st Corinthians 15:47 “The first man is of the earth, earthy, the second man is the Lord from heaven”. Our Lord’s nature was given to Him by the Holy Spirit, making Him an heavenly personality. By these two things the power of God (abundance of grace) and the righteous nature He reigned in life.
Please note this, the Lord Jesus did not live in this life as God. He put aside His reputation or glory as God and took the form of a man (Philippians 2:7″ But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men :). Now consider what He said in John 17:5 “And now, O Father glorify me with THINE OWN SELF with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”. After His work on the earth He requested the Father to glorify Him with the glory or reputation He put down that Philippines 2:7 talked about. This was the glory He had with the Father “with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”. Dear brother or sister, let this settle the question about the deity of our Lord Jesus once and for all. Jesus is God, He is not inferior or second to the father. He became man and did not walk on the earth in His capacity as God. He depended on God. In a sense He received abundance of Grace just as we do. John 3:34 “For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God, for God giveth the Spirit without measure unto Him”. Our Lord Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit and He received an abundance of the Spirit that is not by measure.
By these explanations we realised that the Lord Jesus received an abundance of the Spirit. This is equivalent to an abundance of grace. For Grace is the supply of the Spirit working in us to do all that God calls on us to do.
He reigned therefore by making faith declarations based on these two provisions, abundance of grace and the righteous nature He had.
All those who will reign in life must receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, and also make faith declarations with corresponding actions.
I have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, so I reign in life. I dominate the evil power that torment men, sin ,disease and poverty.
Luke 10:19 ” Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.
Mark 16:17-18 ” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”.