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Romans 5 February 10, 2009

Posted by Jesse in Biblical/Theological Thoughts.
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Heyo all, it’s been a while, but I think I’m just going to jump right in on what I’ve been thinking. Earlier today I was reading through the book of Romans, specifically chapter 5. I’ve been reading it mostly as a time of devotional to God and study as well, I have been going through different books of the Bible and mostly reading a chapter or a passage as I plug my way through. In chapter 5 of Romans, the bulk of it discusses the differences between Adam’s sin and Christ salvation, two acts done by two different people. Paul attempts to prove the fact that one man’s actions can have repercussions for everyone in verses 12 and following. He explains that through one man’s sin, Adam, all were caused to sin and that everyone inherited an unrighteousness within themselves. Sounds kind of unfair doesn’t it? I mean for one persons actions to cause all this harm and despair in our being, and that we have to accept the fact that one person caused us to have the choice of sin rather than righteousness. But how much more unfair is it that one person paid for all those sins? And that one person suffered and died so that we no longer have to be sinful or be condemned? NO ITS NOT FAIR! BUT JESUS DID IT ANYWAY!

“For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through the righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 5:19-21

As I read that passage, it blew my mind at how much more I realized that God would be glorified through His Son Jesus. Because when the Law came into the picture, sin increased because we now knew what was disobedient to God, and that sin caused so much unrighteousness. Yet when the grace of God came and took all that away, Christ and God were exponentially magnified and glorified! Even though one person potentially plunged our existence into death and despair, the One person took the responsibility of that action and made it possible for many to become righteous in Him.