Romans 5: 12,15b, 17-19, 20b-21
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned.
If by that one person’s transgression the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.
For if, by the transgression of the one,
death came to reign through that one,
how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
and the gift of justification
come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, just as through one transgression
condemnation came upon all,
so, through one righteous act
acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of one man
the many were made sinners,
so, through the obedience of the one
the many will be made righteous.
Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more,
so that, as sin reigned in death,
grace also might reign through justification
for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I was hoping to do a lot of writing on Romans last week and this week…as with all great plans, things come up. Maybe this winter when things slow down a bit I can take some time to do some serious writing and reflecting on Romans. There is so much in the book of Romans.
Today’s reading from Romans continues on Paul’s discourse about salvation through Jesus. Paul is telling us today how through Adam’s disobedience sin came into the world and cut us all off from being born sons and daughters of God. It was only through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross that all of mankind from Adam and Eve until the end of the world can we as humans be made right with God. There are seemingly infinite number of interpretations of Romans, of Paul, and how we attain Salvation. I am not going to get into the Salvation debate here. That’s not what this site is really about. But what I can say today is this. Because sin is an offense against God, an infinite being, only an infinite sacrifice can atone and satisfy the debt of that sin. No human can do that. It’s not possible. Only a divine person could do that. But only a human can atone for a human. Fortunately, Jesus was both divine, and human. Both God and man. Only Jesus could satisfy a debt we couldn’t repay. He did so out of love for all of us.
When I think about this kind of infinite love for us, I am both beyond thankful for this love, but yet I am beyond saddened that I have sinned against him on so many occasions. Even worse, I am saddened to think of all those out there who at least have the possibility of eternal life because of Jesus, yet turn their backs on him through their hardened hearts, or unwillingness to repent and change their lives because they think they know better.
Thought for the day: How do I feel about Jesus and what He did for me? What do I do to honor Him and His sacrifice for all of humanity?