Updated: Jul 4
Many of you may consider yourself a good person because you give money to your church or you may go to church on Sundays or maybe because you have not murdered anyone or maybe because you have not stolen anything from anyone, but, these things alone do not make a "good person". Here's the game changer. God's commandment says, you must love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself.
Romans 5:12-21 (KJV) says:
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin: and
so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin
was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is not law. Nevertheless
death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after
the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to
come. But not as the offense so also is the free gift. For if through the offense
of one many be dead*, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace,
which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it
was by one that sinned so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to
condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. For if by
one man's offense 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.)
Therefore, as by the offense of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation: even so by righteousness of one the free gift came up-
on all menunto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many
were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover, the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin
abounded grace did much more abound. That as sin hath reigned unto death*,
even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus
Christ our Lord."
We like the way The Complete Jewish Study Bible, puts it:
"... it was through one individual that sin entered the world, and through sin,
death*: and in this way death* passed through the whole human race, inasmuch as everyone sinned. Sin was indeed present in the world before Torah [the law] was given, but sin is not counted as such when there is no Torah. Nevertheless death
ruled from Adam until Moshe [Moses], even over those whose sinning was not
exactly like Adam's violation of a direct command. In this, Adam prefigured the
one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the offense. For if, because of one man's offense,
many died, then how much more has God's grace, that is, the gracious gift of one man, Yeshua [Jesus] the Messiah, overflowed to many! No, the free gift is not like what resulted from one man's sinning; for from sinner came judgment that brought condemnation; but the free gift came after many offenses and brought acquittal.
For if, because of the offense of one man, death ruled through that one man; how much more will those receiving the overflowing grace, that is, the fift of being considered righteous, rule in life through the one man Yeshua the Messiah!
In other words, just as it was through one offense that people came under condemnation, so also it is through one righteous act that all people come to be considered righteous. For just as through the obedience of the other man, many will be made righteous. And the Torah came into the picture so that the offense would proliferate, but where sin proliferated grace proliferated even more. All this happened so that just as sin ruled by means of death, so also grace might rule through causing
people to be considered righteous, so that they might have eternal life, through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord."
You see, Christ died for us while we were ungodly, sinners and enemies. He saved us by His death. The consequences of Jesus' obedience extends as far as Adam's disobedience. Since we are Gentiles and descendants of Adam, we partook of his sin and its consequences, so we also are free to partake of the redemption of Christ. From Adam all men derived their beings. Adam had all of us in his loins.
Acts 17:26, (CJSB)
"From one man He made every nation living on the entire surface of the earth and he fixed the limits of their territories and the periods when they would flourish."
The whole race was in Adam's loins when he sinned. He was the spiritual, moral and physical head of the race. You see, he was our representative. He did not act as a single person, but as the whole human race. When he fell he sinned for all of us. When God contracted with him, it was a contract (covenant) for the whole race. The covenant was blessings if he obeyed God and curses if he sinned. Well guess what? He sinned by disobeying and eating from the "tree". You know what? I often wondered, what would have happened if Eve ate the apple but Adam stood firm and said, "God said, don't eat that!" and he didn't eat of the fruit? But he did so no sense in me chewing on that!
Anyway..., death* passed upon all men because of Adam's sin. Through Adam's sin, a sentence of death* without the promise of resurrection, passed upon all men. But by the obedience of Jesus taking man's place; the sentence was completely cancelled and original dominion restored. Let me say that again, dominion restored. That is dominion over the earth, the fowl of the air and beasts on land and in the water. Especially, spiritual dominion!
(More on spiritual dominion, later on)
Those who accept Jesus Christ as their savior, that is, sincerely and from your heart accept Him as your Lord, receive free pardon of all offenses and grace abounds and reigns in your life (that does not mean you should continue to sin and everything is alright, this type of thinking about grace, is incorrect). As Jesus died completely, those of us who profess Christianity must be completely separated and saved from sin having no more connection with it.
As I'm writing this, I'm reminded of a woman that I met at a church I attended. The pastor was preaching on grace so we started to discuss grace among ourselves. I don't recall exactly what was said, but I do remember her reply. She was talking about where she goes and does because she was looking for a young man to marry, so she visited places and did things that were sinful. It was stated that a person should not constantly do something that knowingly sinful then ask for forgiveness each time. Her replay was, "That's what grace is for!" I won't go into it here, but I strongly disagree.
No matter how bad you think your life is or was, God, Heaven and the Angels would rejoice because you chose to come to the Lord. For God isn't slack regarding His promises to and for us. He is not willing for any of his creatures to perish or go the Hades (Hell), but he would like all (like yourself) to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 says;
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slowness;
on the contrary, he is patient with you; for it is not His purpose that anyone should
be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins."
Romans 5:8 says:
"God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us."
Read Romans Chapter 6 for further explanation.
God so love us that He gave His only begotten son, just for you. Confess with your mouth that: Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He is Lord also that God raised Him from the the dead and you shall be saved.
Father, I come to you today to thank you for all your blessings I (say your name), come to you today with a sincere heart requesting forgiveness for my sins. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and I ask that my sins be forgiven. Amen.
* spiritual death