For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ – Romans 5:17

Some people quote Romans 5:17 and say, “they which receive the abundance of grace.” A few Bible translations render it that way too; they introduce the definite article “the” into it, and it’s not supposed to be so. The correct rendering is, “…they which receive abundance of grace….” There’s a difference between the two.

‘Abundance of grace,’ it refers to an overflowing thereof. It’s up to you how much grace you want to take. That’s why it doesn’t say, “the abundance of grace.” Some have taken more grace than others, and as the Bible says, “…he giveth more grace…” (James 4:6). God’s responsibility is to distribute more grace, while ours is to take a hold of it! Peter said, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” (2 Peter 3:18).

The next part of the opening verse says, “…and the gift of righteousness….” The definite article is used because it’s the same gift of righteousness for everyone. We all received the same gift of righteousness, and no one is more righteous than the other: “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference” (Romans 3:22).

Accordingly, they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign as kings in life! How will you know they’re reigning? You’ll hear them declare words of power! “Where the word of a king is, there is power…” (Ecclesiastes 8:4). If they felt pain in their bodies, instead of crying, they’d declare, “Get out in the Name of Jesus!” They rule over pain, disease, infirmity, demons and circumstances. Halleluiah!

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Dear Father, I thank you for the much grace I’ve received and the gift of righteousness. I relish this supernatural grace that you’ve lavishly bestowed upon me to excel, prosper, succeed, and make progress. Therefore, your divine blessings and promotions are evident in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study: Ephesians 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:1