Adam and Jesus

(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:13-17).

As explained in this parenthetical passage, God’s remedy to the mess Adam made was to send the second man, the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45, 47) who is his antitype (Romans 5:14).

Just as the first Adam plunged the human race into condemnation, the last Adam would begin a new race of humanity called the justified (Romans 5:16).

Just as the one man’s offense brought the tyrant called death, Jesus introduced the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and life to escape this tyrant (Romans 5:17).

The bottom line: Adam’s disobedience and fall into a partial and imperfect knowledge of good and evil put all humanity on the road to sin. Jesus’ obedience places before all humanity the road to righteousness (Romans 5:19).

Everything Adam got humanity into, Jesus “much more” (Romans 5:15, 17) gets us out.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord!

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