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The Act of One Man

Romans 5:18

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.

profileOne bad apple spoils the whole batch – barrel or basket. Have you ever heard that phrase or something like it?  As a child I was urged by my father to pick my friends wisely. Most people are followers rather than leaders.  The environment they create around them impacts their life for sure as does the family and community where they live.

We are a product of our environment.  This is one of my counseling basics.  One person can have an impact on our lives. We can have an impact on other’s lives. In today’s passage we are reminded that one person had an impact on all of humanity – and another had an even larger impact.  Romans 5:18 – Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.

Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. Romans 5:12–21 – 12 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— 13 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. 14 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. 15 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! 16 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. 17 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! 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 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. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through one man came sin and separation from God. Through one man came salvation and connection with God.  Through Adam came sin and brokenness.  Through Jesus came redemption and wholeness.  One man impacted our lives for the worst and one for the better.  One we are drawn to by our sinful nature and one by the new nature – the spiritual nature – through Christ.

Let us walk in the grace offered through Christ and reject the way of Adam – sin.  Repent of sin and turn to grace!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 2, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , ,

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