That’s Not Fair Pt. 4

February 7, 2014

The past three days I’ve been discussing the biblical principle where the actions of one impact the destiny of those connected to that one. Achan and Rahab serve to illustrate this principle in negative and positive ways. While this doesn’t seem fair, it is the way God runs his world. When I trip and fall I might not appreciate gravity but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a reality. When there are unalterable laws, wisdom dictates that we live in light of those laws.

Romans 5:15 says, “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.” Paul wrote “many died through one man’s trespass.” He is saying that we die because Adam sinned (Romans 5:12). Again, this might not seem fair. Everyone on the planet dies because of Adam’s sin. Romans 5:12 says that “death spread to all men because all sinned,” in other words, sinned in Adam. Again, Romans 5:15, “many died through one man’s trespass.” The actions of one, Adam, impact you and me in a very negative way.

Romans 5:15 isn’t so much about the negative impact of Adam as it is the positive impact of Jesus. The free gift of salvation comes to us through the one man Jesus Christ. As Rahab’s family was saved through her actions, so we are saved through the actions of Jesus. Romans 5:17 sums up this truth: “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.”

We might not like the principle but it brings us wonderful hope. In fact, without this principle we would have no hope of eternal life. This is because all our works merit eternal death. It isn’t our work that matters; it is the work of Jesus that matters. We are in him. How wonderful is this. Our task is to “receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness.” Our works (cf. Eph 2:9) have absolutely no bearing on our eternal destiny. Even though we still sin grievously, because we are in Jesus, our destiny is secure. The eternal life he earned through his obedience is your eternal life through faith in his work.

There are two representatives for the entire human race. Every man, woman, and child is either in Adam or Jesus, the Second Adam. Adam secured for those in him, eternal death. Jesus secured for those in him, eternal life. It is imperative then that you “receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness.”

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6 Responses to “That’s Not Fair Pt. 4”

  1. Al Roberts Says:

    Great presentation hope many will read this and get a blessing out of it.

  2. Jim Kelly Says:

    Great series pastor, enjoyed it and really like the way you put the end, There are two representatives for the entire human race. Every man, woman, and child is either in Adam or Jesus, the Second Adam. Adam secured for those in him, eternal death. Jesus secured for those in him, eternal life”. Amen!

  3. Mark Says:

    Al and Jim, thanks for reading these long, tedious posts Thanks for the encouragement..

  4. phfs9 Says:

    How are we “in Adam” rather than “in Jesus”? When the 70,000 died because of David’s sin does that mean none of them were allowed into Heaven?

  5. Mark Says:

    We were in union with Adam, now we “receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness” through faith. We are in Jesus.” The 70,000 who died will or will not be in heaven based on whether or not their faith was in God’s coming Messiah.

  6. phfs9 Says:

    Ah! Thanks for that explanation.


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