Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

| Tue, Oct 29, 2013 | Set 3 Week 44

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Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 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.—Romans 5:18–19

The “therefore” at the beginning of our passage is an important connection. Paul just got done saying that God’s grace abounded more than Adam’s trespass (v. 15), that Christ’s free gift brought justification (v. 16), and that believers who have received this abundant grace and these free gifts of justification and righteousness will reign through Christ (v. 17).

So, because of these realities, Paul says, “one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men” (v. 18) and that “many will be made righteous” (v. 19). Even though the sin of Adam brought condemnation to all men and made them sinners, there is hope because of the sinless life, substitutionary death, and powerful resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

But how does a sinner come to know such justification and life? How does one condemned become righteousness? By trusting Christ. By believing in him. By banking on the sufficiency of who he is and what he did.

How do we know that? Romans 5:1 says that “we have been justified by faith.” The next verse says that through Christ “we have also obtained access [to God] by faith.” We sinners can stand confidently before God because we believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9). This week’s Fighter Verse is a glorious explanation of the good news of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my plea to you from this passage is twofold. First, marvel at the kindness of God in justifying you, giving you life, and making you righteous. He is trustworthy. Second, because of this great salvation, tell others about what the Lord has done for you. He is praiseworthy.

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