Reigning in this Life by Christ Jesus & what it Means to ‘You!’

I find that the key to anything in life is in the understanding of it, understanding will unlock the door to the knowledge that you need to live by. In this case we need to understand what Paul the writer meant when he wrote Romans 5:17 fin which we are to reign as kings in life… in your life. Look at the verse below:

Romans 5:17

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17 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).

Let’s look at the meaning of the Greek word ‘reign’ transliterated as basileuō; meaning to o be king, to exercise kingly power, or to reign. Metaphorically it means to exercise the highest influence, or to control. Basileuō is a verb that comes from the transliterated Greek masculine noun, basileus; meaning a leader of the people, prince, commander, and lord of the land, or king. The root word for this is a feminine noun called basis’ (through the notion of a foundation of power) meaning stepping, or walking; that with which one steps, or the foot.

Knowing the meaning of reigning, we understand the application for it in our lives. When you reign you have influence or control over your life and the journey that you will take in life. You were not designed to be dominated or manipulated by life; you were fabricated to subdue and dominate life. You are the commander of your ship and you command the voyage that it will take.We know that this was the original intent of God. This was God’s plan for Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28 when He told them to fill the earth and subdue it.

Genesis 1:28

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28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.

In Romans 5:17 above, we have been restored to the original state in Genesis 1:28 by receiving God’s free gift of overflowing Grace and Righteousness. We rule and reign because of the Grace and the Righteousness given to us by God so that we can live out this new life in His Son Jesus. This new life is a position of power and authority that we operate and live in. In Ephesians 2:8-10 below, we see how to accomplish it:

Ephesians 2:8-10

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For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Look at Ephesians 2:8 again, focusing on the gift of Grace that is ‘God’s favor enabling you with supernatural power to do what you could not do on your own.’ You didn’t earn it; it came from God through Jesus and His earthly work. What did this work do for us and in us? In Colossians 1:10 – 13 we find out exactly what that is.

Colossians 1:10-13

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10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].

11 [We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy,

12 Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.

13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

Colossians 1:10 shows us how to live and conduct our lives so that we please God by ruling and reigning in our lives. We can do this because of the work that Jesus did for us and gave to us. The part we play is simply to receive this gift and the new life it brings by accepting it. How do we accept it? Stop fighting it and accept it. Just like any gift given to you, you take it and start using it. If it’s not working for you then you are not accepting it; you are resisting it. Romans 5:17 tells us that we have been given a free gift of Grace and Righteousness to accomplish this and live it out. This puts us in a state of dominion and fruitfulness like Genesis 1:28 read.

Colossians 1:11 shows us that we can go through life in patience and joy because of the strength that God will give us when we ask in prayer. This is His Grace that He gifted us with.

Colossians 1:12 – 13 tells us to just Thank God for our inheritance that He has bestowed on us by qualifying and making us fit for it. God made us qualified by drawing us to Himself than delivering us out of the control and dominion of darkness thereby transferring us into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus.


Much love,
Pastor Harris


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