Adam's Disobedience, Christ's Obedience

 Today we are reading from Romans 5:12-21.

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.
Remember from Genesis, how sin came into the world?  The temptation of the devil, Adam falling into it?  Sin was brought into the world through one person.  And so it spread to all mankind through that one person.  I found this line interesting "for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law".  So I thought I'd check out other translations NCV says it this way "Sin was in the world before the law of Moses, but sin is not counted against us as breaking a command when there is no law."
So until the law of Moses was set into place, sin was not counted against the people, even though it existed.   And since sin existed... so did death.  Adam was a type of the one who is to come (being Jesus) we know from the rest of the New Testament.

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.
Then God's free gift happened. And it wasn't like the result of Adam's action.  It caused the death of many BUT Christ's redemptive work.. resulted in grace and life to so many more!  This free gift brought about justification, and life to so many more.
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. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is what we have
One trespass = condemnation for all men.
One act of righteousness = justification and life for all people.
One person's disobedience created sinners.
One person's obedience created righteous people. 
Then the law showed all the more sin, but where we saw more sin we also see something else now.. MORE GRACE!  Grace abounding!

Sin reigns in death.
BUT grace.. see grace reigns in righteousness that leads to eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord.

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  1. You definitely have me thinking - Went and checked out the lexicons to see the original language and meanings. I think we have to be careful about the way we state this because while it is was not counted against them for eternity, they were still held accountable and it is still called sin. Jesus blood flowed to cover the sins of Adam, as well as mine, but consequences are still real for sin.

    You are doing a great job, keeping me thinking and studying. Thanks!


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