Monday, October 15
DEATH THROUGH ADAM AND LIFE THROUGH CHRIST
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. 13 In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a person’s account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression. He is a type of the Coming One.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift which comes through the grace of the one man Jesus Christ overflowed to the many. 16 And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. 17 Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18 So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is justification leading to life for everyone. 19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Though it might sound complicated, what Paul is saying in these verses is actually pretty simple. By one man’s disobedience mankind is made sinful. By one Man’s obedience mankind is made righteous. We were made sinners when Adam chose to turn away from God’s commands. Of course, it’s important to recognize that we’ve done a pretty good job turning away from God on our own as well. This principle of becoming sinful because of one man should lead us to realize that we can also be made righteous by the work of one man, Jesus.
Imagine committing a crime, getting caught, and then standing before the judge for sentencing. At that moment you have a friend come in and say “Your honor, I want to serve his prison time. I will stand in his place and take the punishment for him.” A judge isn’t going to allow someone else to pay the penalty for your crimes, that would be nonsense. Right?
Nevertheless, where our sin exists grace overcomes it! If Jesus had not come, we should expect that where our sin multiplied, god’s judgement would also multiply. Because of
Jesus, the judgment is taken care of and what we can now expect that where there is sin there is always more grace!
God, help me live in the freedom of knowing that, because of Jesus, I can stand before you innocent and guiltless. Grace reigns in my life, help me celebrate that today.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.