Monday 2 September, 2019
The incomparable gift of God
“Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification” (Romans 5:16, NIV).
If the Gospel message is to be put in a single sentence, Apostle may have said it all in Romans 5:16; ‘The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.’ The letter to the Romans is one of the Pauline epistles in which Paul deals with very hard-hitting theological questions and arguments. After having argued for justification by faith in Christ in chapter four, Paul discusses the blessings of being justified in the first eleven verses of chapter five. In somewhat similar line of argument, he continues to make a case on ‘the how of justification through Christ’ in the subsequent verses.
In his argument, Paul makes us to see that in Christ Jesus, we have an incomparable gift of God. When Adam sinned, judgment and condemnation was passed on to all humankind and this was in effect until the incomparable gift of God appeared. Christ Jesus is the ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29). Through his atoning sacrifice on the cross, the judgment and condemnation on humankind has been rubbed away and mankind is being justified before God.
By believing in Christ Jesus, we are justified through faith and are counted without sin. In him, the condemnation that was decreed upon mankind has been permanently reversed that Paul would confidently say: ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death’ (Romans 8:1-2).
What good news! The incomparable gift of God—Jesus Christ is the means by which our sins are forgiven. Through him, we are now able to receive all the spiritual blessings; peace, joy, hope and love.
Prayer: I praise you Almighty God for your incomparable gift of Christ Jesus to mankind. May I firmly hold onto Christ and be filled with eternal peace, joy, hope and love. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is an Anglican Priest in the Church of Uganda, Ma’di and West Nile Diocese. He serves as Dean of Students Affairs at Uganda Christian University and chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of PhD in Theology at Uganda Christian University. He is married to Oliver and has two sons, Samuel and Shemuel.