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How is Science limited in giving us complete certitude? Why can Christ followers live with great certitude? Why can we live with absolute confidence? What role does revelation (revealed knowledge) of God by, God play?
The objective is to know and understand that grace reins! Adam may have sealed the fate of all people, but Christ, the second Adam (new humanity) enables people to escape that fate. This is an objective reality; we can live with complete confidence in God’s grace.
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned — 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. 18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 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. 20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5: 12-17 speaks of Adam and of Jesus Christ. What impact did each have on the human race? (Find all the examples that you can.)
An important key to understanding the passage is to understand that Adam was a “pattern” (5:14b). What is a pattern? How is it applied to Adam and Christ?
Notice the repeated pattern of “just as . . . so also.” What comparisons does this phrase highlight?
What does it mean to you that believers will “reign in life” (v. 17)?
The objective reality of our situation is that: I am to blame for my sin, God alone deserves the credit for my salvation.
What are we left to do: “Confess sin and Enjoy God’s free grace…take all the blame due you, give all the credit due him.”
Know that: As you grow in Grace…you will be empowered to “give credit and take blame” more readily and more appropriately in the other relationships in your life.