Bible Reading: Romans 5.18-21
So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:18-21
Paul continues in these verses to contrast the deeds of Adam and Christ as well as the result of their respective deeds:
Adam’s transgression resulted in condemnation, but Christ’s righteousness resulted in justification. Through Adam’s disobedience we became sinners, but through Christ’s obedience we can be made righteous. This is quite a contrast. Adam blew it for the human race but Jesus saved the human race. One sin brought universal condemnation. One act of Jesus brought universal salvation.
Now be careful here. Salvation is not automatic. Some people read this passage and ask, “Does this mean that because of Adam we all became sinners and because of Jesus we're all automatically saved?” That sounds good - everybody sinned because of Adam and everyone is saved because of Jesus. There are some people who actually believe this. They say, “Our duty is not to go out and save anybody but to tell them they are saved and just don't know it. Then they'll start acting like it.” But that’s not the Biblical truth.
As you read the whole of Scripture you clearly see that it is our responsibility to receive the gift of salvation as we repent of our sin. Yes, Jesus has made salvation possible for us, but it is our responsibility to receive it. Receive it - that's the key. It’s not automatic.
Let’s take a moment and praise God that salvation is possible for anyone. And, it is not something we can gain but Christ gained for us on the cross. Glory be to our loving God.
Weekly Memory Verse: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17