Jesus, the new Adam
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 5:18-21, “Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 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. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Paul is not implying that Adam is the only sinner held responsible before God; after all, Eve sinned too. He is showing that all humans are now sinners. It is just who we are as human beings. Sin did not come from God, for it would be impossible for God to create sin. Sin came pride, humans must know more than God, or at the very least want to know as much as God.
God is perfect in all ways. Therefore we are separated from God. And in being separated, we have lost the image of God in which Adam and Eve were created. Enters Jesus, the new Adam, who lived his life in perfect obedience and trust in God. He willingly and freely took God’s punishment upon himself so that on Judgment Day, we can stand before God declared innocent. Everything is forgiven. There is no condemnation.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for not turning your back on your human creation even though we have in so many ways turned our back on you. We thank you for that wonderful gift we do not in any way deserve, for before you we are indeed poor miserable creatures. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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