“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)” (Romans 5:17, AMP).
To rule simply means to reign, dominate and exercise control and authority. It is to have influence over something and have something(s) in subjection. Jesus, in His earthly journey, ruled over poverty, demonic spirits, sicknesses, death, grave and over weather elements. He came to show those who will receive His abundant grace and gift of righteousness a model to follow on how to operate and reign in this world. Below are valid truths to consider and imbibe:
Reign with Christ: King David, an Old Testament saint with uncanny insight into the New Testament, stated in Psalm 110:1:“The LORD said to my Lord, sit at My right hand till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Jesus ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, a position of great power and authority. Born again believers are positioned and seated with Him in the heavenly place of great authority from where we operate and reign over everything contrary (Ephesians 2:6). The hosts of heaven are always eagerly waiting on us to exercise our legally given authority in this realm.
United with Christ: Every born again child of God is one with Jesus Christ. We received abundant grace and the gift of righteousness through the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary. Grace and righteousness, which Jesus freely gives us, are needed for us to rule and reign in this world. Grace is for empowerment, while righteousness is our positioning and location. We are representatives of the divine order in this realm, having been made partakers of His divine nature. We are spirit beings and gods because of the Word of God personified in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As Christ is, so are we here in this world (1 John 4:17b).
Leaders are followers: Leaders are rulers. The lion is a leader in the animal kingdom because it rules in that domain (Proverbs 30:30). Great leaders are made, and not born. They are made by following other great or greater leaders. Elisha became a mighty prophet by following Elijah. Esther became a queen by following the instructions of Mordeccai and Hegai the king’s eunuch. Paul reigned by following Christ and in turn asked believers to follow him (1 Corinthians 11:1). Following Christ’s instructions, observing His modus operandi and imbibing and practicing same will make us rule and reign in this world.
Exit wrong association: With Brexit still fresh in our minds, the vote for it was a vote to leave a supposedly unlikely association. It’s often said that we are the average of the five closest people to us. If the five closest to you are winning, the likelihood is that you will eventually win if you aren’t winning presently. Associations are strong; they make or mar us. Because Jonah was in some people’s boat, they suffered loss; calm was restored when he exited from the boat. Jump into Jesus’ boat today, if you haven’t done so; and begin to reign.
CONCLUSION: The closest enemy and most difficult for us to rule over is our sinful human nature. The degree to which we conquer the Adamic nature in us is the degree to which we reign and rule. For one to exercise authority effectively, one must subject to the higher authority of God Almighty. Apostle Paul said he always had his flesh in subjection to the laws of God (1Corinthians 9:27). Receive fresh grace this month to begin to rule and reign in Jesus’ name.