Devotions for February 1, 2018

ROMANS 5:12-17

Adam and Christ Contrasted
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. 14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. 15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 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.

A BETTER ADAM

What a terrible reality it would be if the result of what happened in Genesis 3 were still not dealt with today. But glory be to God that in his love and mercy, he made a way to deal with the sin that happened that day, and as a result the sin that happened every day after in the hearts of all the men and women God created. God eventually sent his son, Jesus, to fix the problem of sin, by taking the consequences of sin upon himself. What a good God he is!

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does Paul say about Adam’s sin in relation to everyone else? What does Paul say about Christ’s  sacrifice in relation to Adam’s sin?

Q: Have you ever repented of your sins and allowed Jesus to forgive and heal you? If not, is there someone in your life that you can ask to help you do this? If you have, spend some time simply worshipping God for his graciousness.

Q: How can the reality of today’s scripture influence the rest of your day and the interactions that happen?

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