Romans 5:17-For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
The fall of man in the garden of Eden after eating the forbidden fruit caused sin to befall every human being, causing all of us to be born spiritually dead.
Because of our life of habitual sin from Adam, we were unable and unwilling to follow and obey God because we were willing to daily surrender to the pleasing of our flesh.
The Gospel was foolish to us and did not make any sense. It was crazy, so we thought!
The good news on today is that even though Adam's sin caused spiritual death to rule over man, God's gift of grace and righteousness through Christ Jesus is made available to all on today who would receive it.
Once we have received this gift of "grace and righteousness" through Christ Jesus, the Apostle Paul says we are transformed and renewed in our minds and we become "new creations" in Christ Jesus by faith alone and not of works.
Once we have been transformed and renewed in our minds, Paul say in Romans 6:11- that we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. In other words, we are no longer slaves to sin, but we are slaves to righteousness through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Now that we are saved, there is a process called sanctification, which means the process of being made holy resulting in a changed life-style for the believer. The English word sanctification comes from the Latin santificatio , meaning the act/process of making holy, consecrated. In the Greek New Testament, the root hag - is the basis of hagiasmos , “holiness,” “consecration,” “sanctification”; hagiosyne , “holiness”; hagiotes , “holiness”;hagiazo “to sanctify,” “consecrate,” “treat as holy,” “purify”; and hagios , “holy,” “saint.” The root idea of the Greek stem is to stand in awe of something or someone.
Once we have accepted Christ by faith, God begins to do a work on the inside of us that separates us from the old man we were prior to salvation, into the new creation we are becoming. Philippians 1:6-Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
This process of sanctification is used with the same Gospel that God used to save us. The Gospel is God's means of transportation in the transformation of our lives into the likeness of Christ Jesus.
Because of Jesus and His shed blood at Calvary, we can live again in communion, fellowship and in relationship with God the Father.
Yes, it was by one mans's sin (Adam) that spiritual death reigned in us, causing us to be separated from God, but it is by "grace and righteousness" through one man (Christ Jesus) that we are reconciled back to a right relationship with God.
Where do you stand on today? Are you still dead in trespass and sin from the first man Adam? Or, have you been "REDEEMED", "TRANSFORMED" and "RECONCILED" back to God by life of the 2nd man called "JESUS CHRIST"?
Where are you at on today? Still dealing with death in Adam or Resurrected a anew in Christ Jesus by faith alone?
We all have a choice on today. We can choose to continue on living in sin and death, separated from God or we can live a new life in Christ Jesus where old things have passed away and all things have become new.
The life lived in Adam will spend eternity separated from God in "hell", a place where Jesus describes as a place of torment and gnashing of teeth or you can spend eternity in a place where Jesus declares in John 14 that He has gone away in Heaven to prepare for those who are His.
I can only hope and pray that as you daily make life choices, that yours will lead to live everlasting with God the Father.
We all will spend eternity in one of two places. Either hell or Heaven. The choice is ours. Good works will not get you a seat in heaven. We are not saved by works, but we are saved to do good works.
Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Death in sin or life in faith! The choice is yours on today!
Death was in the first man, but life is in the 2nd Man.
God bless and I love you all.