And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:16-17 ESV
You may have thought this week as we heard in Pator Cade’s message Sunday and Sunday’s Bible study, “Man, Adam really messed it up for us all.” And you would be right to think this. Adam really did mess everything up, and the consequences of his offense have been rightly severe—not only for him but for you and me as well. However, before we go pointing our fingers at Adam, we need to realize that though we inherited the sin nature and consequences that originated from Adam, we each have made plenty of our own mistakes. Each of us individually have sinned. We’ve each individually offended a holy God. We each individually deserve the wrath of God.
If we’re honest, we can see that if given the chance, we would have ultimately messed up perfection as well. Thankfully, Christ has conquered the sin of Adam and replaced condemnation with justification. And now, grace reigns.
In your prayers, give praise and thankfulness to God right now for His rescuing you from condemnation and declaring you to be righteous in Christ.