Friday, March 14, 2014

Romans 5:12-19 (ESV)

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.  14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass.  For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.  16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin.  For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.  17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.  19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Everybody sins!  There is no getting around this.  Sin has woven itself into the very fabric of mankind ever since the fall in the garden.  Thus, Paul writes; “…for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).  The decision is not “should I sin or not sin.”  It is about how we deal with this in our everyday life.  In Romans 5:12-19, Paul compares and contrasts the disobedience of Adam with the obedience of Jesus Christ.  One man’s disobedience (Adam) led to sin and death in the world.  Another man’s obedience and righteousness (Jesus) led to grace being available to all who would accept it.  So the decision is still binary.  Do I continue to be sinful and rebellious facing certain death (in this world and the world to come) or do I accept God’s gift of grace, given freely, through His son, Jesus Christ?  At first glance, this decision seems like a no-brainer – and it is!  For grace trumps sin!  This is exactly what Paul says in vs. 17 and 19.  Although many fell to sin and death through Adam, many more have received righteousness and eternal life through Jesus Christ!  However, this requires something on our part that we may not be willing to give – our obedience.  As Christians, we live a life of redemption and obedience to God.  This is the hard part for us while we are here in this world.  All our everyday decisions are based on our obedience to God and being more like Him.  These are not always easy decisions to make and we must be prepared to sacrifice for the Body of Christ.  Therefore, ask yourself, “Am I prepared to follow Christ in obedience?”

Heavenly Father, keep us ever mindful of the obedience your son, Jesus Christ, exhibited and the sacrifice that he made for all mankind that we should have grace upon grace heaped upon us and everlasting life in your Heavenly Kingdom.  Amen.