written by: Shelly McGraw
Romans 3; Romans 4; Romans 5; Romans 6; Romans 7; Genesis 15:1-6
Adam and Eve were the first humans to sin, causing the human race to fall into a separation from God.
Yet another man named Jesus was the first to bring enteral life. This man, bridges the separation sin causes.
This week in our reading, Paul compares Adam and Jesus in 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. 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. ~Romans 5:18-19
Death and eternal condemnation is what we deserve, but in Christ Jesus we receive reconciliation with God.
10 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! ~Romans 5:10
But does this mean we can go on living with no respect for what Christ has done for us? No.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. ~Romans 6:1-4
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus has rewritten our future. His redemptive act is more powerful than our sin can ever be. As believers, we are to live a life that honors the sacrifice God made for us.
Where once we had death through Adam we now have life through Christ!
22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 6:22-23
This is the good news of the Gospel and the hope we carry through the ups and downs of life-the hope we are all called to share with a lost and hurting world.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Jesus, (Matthew 28:19-20)
Spend some time this week thanking God for sending His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for your sin. Pray about sharing this hope with someone who is close to you but far from God.
Then, speak up and speak life to them!
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