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Death Reigned

by on July 31, 2013

 

Romans chapter four tells us, “Where there is no law, there is no transgression.” That makes sense in a human sort of way. Romans chapter five, however, enters a different approach to transgressing the law.

Romans five says simply, “Nevertheless, death reigned.” How could that be? No law = no transgression = no punishment. “Nevertheless, death reigned.” It was a long time from Adam to Moses but, death reigned. Even those who did not sin like Adam and Cain, died. Sin had entered God’s creation and now death.

When God’s laws are broken, punishment will ensue. Whether those laws are written with ink or stone or are in the human heart or not written anywhere at all; no matter. God has laws and they will stand. The law of gravity is written nowhere. But it will not be broken without grave consequence. Our fragile bodies cannot live outside of the laws of God. We are constantly reminded of our fragility.

God has many laws. Many are written in the books of nature and creation. Some are written in His Word, the Bible. All are important – critically important. They will not be broken without serious consequences.

Are you breaking any of God’s laws? If you are you probably know it. God has placed in the human mind and heart a sense of right and wrong. That sense can be corrupted. But, most people know that there is a right and a wrong.

Death is the consequence of sin. We will all die. One way or another. Sometime or another. Death reigns.

The power of death has been broken. The power of death can be broken in your life. Jesus has broken the power of death. Death is no longer the final event. Resurrection is sure. Jesus rose from the grave and so will you. Some to everlasting life and some to everlasting disgrace and contempt.

Death will no more reign. Death and hell will be cast away for ever.

What a day that will be!

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