one man

25 03 2012

The world’s population is about 6 billion ‘people, and every single one of them is born with a sinful nature that came from one man Adam.

Romans 5:12-14 KJV  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  (13)  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  (14)  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. …… .  (19)  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,…

Because of Adam’s disobedience to God, sin entered the world and because of it, death passed upon all men. This death resulted from God’s judgment on the one man Adam’s sin. Death came on all men after Adam because of this judgment. Because of Adams disobedience everyone born after Adam was born a sinner – they had a sinful nature. We can say that through one man Adam everyone has inherited a sinful nature – everyone has been condemned and judged guilty by God because of one man’s sin.

I find it fascinating to see how easily people seem to accept the biblical fact that through the sin of one man Adam all mankind stands guilty before God. People generally accept this state of sinfulness and the biblical account of their sinful nature that they inherited from their forefather Adam. This sinful nature from Adam has some very specific characteristics which Galatians 5:19-21 calls the fruit of the flesh – the fruit of the sinful nature: It lies, it steals, it murders, it rapes, it abuses, it commits adultery, it is insecure, it is rebellious, it is selfish, it is angry, it  is condemning, lustful, prideful, greedy, manipulative, unholy, unrighteous, self-seeking, to name but a few. Every person on earth born of natural parents has inherited this sinful nature from the one man Adam, and with it some of or all of the manifestations of the sinful nature from him.

There is a misconception that Eternal life is dependant on an individual living a good and sinless life. But this is not true. Let me explain what I am saying: God doesn’t send the individual to heaven based on the good that they do, nor does He send them to hell based on the bad things that they do. God has already judged sin. He judged sin in the one man Adam. If we are in Adam, we have been judged already and judgment has already been passed.

What we need to realize is as born again believers is that God does not judge sin individually. God will not look at me when I stand before Him Judgment Day and look on His Heavenly Scoreboard, and see if I personally committed more good deeds than bad deeds. God will not be interested in that at all. On Judgment Day, He will look at me and base His Judgment on something completely different to what religion has so boldly taught!

We see that God speaks of “one man” more than twelve times in Romans 5. With so much repetition we need to pay very careful attention to what is being said. So with this in mind, let’s read on in Romans 5:

Romans 5: 15-21 KJV  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  (16)  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  (17)  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  (18)  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  (19)  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  (20)  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  (21)  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

We see clearly that because of one – Adam, many are dead – v15. It does not say that because of individuals committing sin, they are dead. It goes on to say that by one man –  Jesus Christ , grace has abounded to many. In v 17 it says by one man’s offence, death reigned by one. Then it says that the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one – Jesus Christ. In v 18 we see that because of the offence of one – Adam, all mankind since has been condemned. Then goes on saying that because of the righteousness of one – Jesus Christ, the FREE GIFT came upon all men to life. V19 Because by one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners. Please note that it is not what you do that makes you a sinner – you are a sinner because of the one man Adam. Then he says that through the obedience of one – Jesus Christ, many shall be made righteous. It is important to see that we do not become more and more righteous, but that we are made righteous by one! What an awesome thought – we have been made righteous by the obedience of one – Jesus Christ.

Everything we have and are is found in the OneChrist Jesus 2 Cor 5:14-21. We have a completely new nature and because of it a new character:

Galatians 5:22-23 KJV  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  (23)  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

We are no longer in Adam, we are in Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV  (22)  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

In closing, before we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, when God looked at us He saw Adam, a sinful nature and death. Now after we have believed, when God looks at us, He sees His Son Jesus Christ, His Divine nature and His life, because we are in Him!!!

John 17:21-23 KJV  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  (22)  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  (23)  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.


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29 03 2012
Dennii Dorning

I really like the explanations in this message received. All of a sudden I don’t feel like a steriotype but like a special individual, God’S child!

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