Romans 5:21, “So that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness into everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Now, to put it all together: Romans 5:1-21,
“Therefore, having been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom we also have the right to enter by faith into this grace in which we stand and we praise in hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also praise in suffering, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now, hope does not disappoint, for the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
“For, while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For hardly will someone die for a righteous man, though possibly for the good man one would dare even to die, but God demonstrates His love toward us, that in our still being sinners Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood we will be saved through Him from judgment. For if we being enemies were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we will be saved by his life. Not only this, but we also glory in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we now have reconciliation.
“Just as through one man sin entered into the world and through sin, death, and thus death passed to all men, because all sinned. For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. But death reigned from Adam until Moses even on those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression, who is a type of the coming one.
“But the transgression is not like the divine gift. For if by the offense of one many died, much more by the grace of God and the gift in grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, more abounded. Also, the gift is not like what came through the one who sinned. For judgment out of one transgression brought condemnation, but the divine gift out of many transgressions brought justification. For if by the one’s sin, death reigned through the one, much more will the ones who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore as through one sin condemnation came to all men, thus through one righteous act also came life’s justification to all men. For just as through the one man’s disobedience many were declared sinners, so through the One’s obedience many will be declared righteous. Moreover the law came in order that the trespass would abound, but where sin abounded grace abounded more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness into everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
So, there it is. I have finished translating Romans 5. What stands out to me is the continual contrast between Christ’s righteousness and the world’s sin. The divine gift is better, much better, and we should do nothing but praise and hope and persevere. I am thankful for the gift of salvation and especially with knowing that Christ died for all men while all men were rebellion. If you’re not a believer, read Romans 5 and recognize Jesus’ love for you and the free gift He offers through His sacrifice. If you’re already a believer, go tell someone about the love of Jesus!
The 21-Day Challenge is over, but I feel like I’ve been stretched in some very helpful ways, from physical fitness to spiritual growth. I translated a verse out of Romans every morning and this definitely helped in my continual understanding in Greek. I look forward to whatever I translate next.