Romans 5:12-21 (ESV)
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— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This passage speaks about sin and grace. We speak of this frequently. It is hard to get away from this topic, as the New Testament speaks about Grace all over, and over all. What this passage focuses on, is as a comparison between Adam and Jesus. “For if many died through the one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
Adam sinned, Jesus redeemed. Adam failed, Jesus succeeded. Adam was the first man, Jesus is the God-man... You get the idea.
Question is: What will you do with Jesus? Will you give Him your heart? Will you give Him your allegiance? Will you give Him your obedience?
We get our very breath by the gift of God. He could snuff us out anytime. Yet He is forbearing, because of the sacrifice of Jesus. He is patient with us due to the covering of Jesus’ blood. He gives mercy because of Christ’s righteousness.
Let us endeavor to serve Him each day in gratitude. In holiness, looking out for other people’s well-being before our own. Let us die to ourselves, and live for Jesus.