The way of righteousness is not the way to righteousness. We, like the Jews, often confuse the two. It is from this confusion that people come to believe that the Ten Commandments (or parts thereof) are irrelevant for Christians. Paul argues that the Law makes sin more exceedingly sinful, because, now knowing the Law, we sin willfully rather than unwittingly.
Paul really kicks it up a gear here, layering over and over.
On the one hand, we have Adam. Sin. Disobedience. Trespass. Death.
On the other we have Jesus. Righteousness. Obedience. Grace. Eternal Life.
And so Paul can say,
“But the free gift is not like the trespass.”
Because even though there is symmetry in the comparisons, the _content_ of the two sides are vastly different.
One equates to death.
The other to life, and life to the full.
This is our hope!
“… But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
* Father God,
Thank You that we see here the clear truth that Your grace reigns through Jesus, Your Son, Messiah, our Lord and King.
Please help us to wrestle with how we can rest in the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness that we have in Jesus.
Lord God, please help us – We believe, help our unbelief!