Adam = sin and death for all
Jesus = righteousness and life for all
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—to be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:9-19 NIV
This scripture is huge for me. For years, thinking that my sin was the issue and determined if I went to heaven or hell. Now realizing that it's not the sins I commit since all have and do sin, that's our nature because of Adam, rather it's whether or not I have faith in Jesus, the one who reconciled us all to God by His death on the cross, that's what justifies us makes us righteous in God's sight. Abraham was not declared righteous by God because of the law or by not sinning but he was credited as being righteous because of his faith in God. That is true for us. It is not by us not sinning that we become righteous and escape death but because of our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross. He said Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Every sin that I did or will ever do that caused Jesus to be put on the cross has been forgiven. It is only by having faith in Jesus that we can have life with Him forever.
There are a couple things I must watch out for. The first one is when the enemy comes to me and says, you know you really want to do this and it's been forgiven so what is the big deal. Paul in the next chapter asks the question, so do we continue in our sin? By no means! The second thing I must watch for and struggle against also comes from the enemy. After many years of hearing that if I sin I will go to hell. Whenever I do fall I feel this spirit of condemnation and begin to fear again that I am doomed.
I have been practicing something that has worked very well for both cases. For years I would struggle with a particular sin and could never beat it. Seemed the harder I tried to quit, the more I committed it. Then I began praying against that spirit that was tempting me, the moment I began to sense something, praying in Jesus name, that that spirit be bound up and removed immediately and I could feel that spirit leave. Many issues I struggled with are now gone and have not been an issue for years. Not because of me working to quit doing those things but because of faith in Jesus to powerfully take those things away. I am also going to practice on no longer asking for forgiveness when I do fail. While it's true that when we sin against each other we need to ask for forgiveness from that individual, with Jesus, forgiveness has already been given for all our sins against Him, praise God! What I will do is confess I did sin and thank Him for His forgiveness then pray against any spirit of condemnation. If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We are forgiven, it is done, now all we must do is have faith in Jesus that what He says and what He has done is true.
by Ken Edgerly