“So that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Paul teaches that those who have trusted in Christ have hope for the future. While Adam brought sin and death into the world, those who have believed in Christ are full of hope, for Christ has reversed the consequences of Adam’s sin and has given his own life and righteousness to secure our eternal glory. Paul clearly teaches “original sin,” that all people inherit a sinful nature because of Adam’s sin, and probably is also teaching that all people are guilty before God because of Adam’s sin (vs. 12-19). Christ’s one act of righteousness–His sacrificial death on the cross–grants righteousness and eternal life to all who have trusted in Him. Human beings were created and designed by God for eternity and for eternal life with Him. Therefore, you must let God’s grace reign over your sinful nature and begin to live out your eternal life now.