Archive for July 17th, 2019

Romans 5:10-13

In Romans 5:10-13 Paul continues to show us the power of God’s grace. He makes the point that if God showed such dramatic love to us when we were enemies, think of the blessings we will enjoy once we are reconciled to God! If God does this much for His enemies, how much more will He do for His friends! “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” This reconciliation isn’t only helpful when we die; it also touches our life right now. God is forever done dealing with believers on the basis of wrath because of our sin.

He may chasten us as a loving Father, but not as punishment or payment for their sins. God only allows chastening to bring loving correction and guidance. God has reconciled us through grace in Christ. “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” What matters is what we have through Jesus. What we have through our own works doesn’t matter and can’t help us. It’s all through Jesus. All the sin we have is left behind. All the mistakes of the past, present and future are wiped away. Jesus takes it all.

Paul then talks about the spread of sin through humanity. The Apostle Paul regarded Genesis 3 as totally, historically true. According to Paul, Adam and Eve were real people and what they did has a lasting effect to the present day. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned–for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.” It is important to understand that the Adam and Eve account is not an optional passage to be accepted or rejected.

Paul doesn’t prove this, he simply accepts it as true because it is in God’s Word, which is what our response should be as well. Sin entered the world through Adam. Adam is responsible for the fall of the human race, not Eve. Eve was deceived when she sinned, but Adam sinned with full knowledge. Paul reminds us of the importance of the law. Without it, sin doesn’t get counted. There is nothing to be measured against without the law, so even though sin is present, it isn’t call sin because there is no law. But since the law exists, sin is clear, and the wages of sin is death. Death spreads to all of us because we have all sinned!

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