Just Like Adam
1 Corinthians 15:22
Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
Rob was teaching on Wednesday night and he said “Adam’s sin is our sin.”
Some people mistakenly think that they would not have sinned like Adam. But not only did Adam disobey God, he passed the blame for his own actions. That’s pretty gutsy considering no one had ever sinned before and the result was for a moment completely unknown. What if the result were a direct hit from a lightening bolt. Zap! Bye, Eve. Sin is not only no regard for God, but also no regard for those who bear his image. We all naturally excuse or blame our sin away even at the expense of others; we inherited that from Adam because that is what we are like.
God isn’t punishing us for Adam’s sin. If he were, he wouldn’t have sent Jesus to offer us new life. Who would reward and relieve those being punished? God offers rescue for us through his Son because our sins are more than a mess we can clean up for ourselves.
The man, Adam, used his free will to sin. Jesus, also a man, always had free will since the beginning and never sinned. We are like the first man, but thankfully, God decided we can be like the second. Simply because God is kind and full of mercy. There is no other reason, no other explanation, and no other way.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
I like thinking about you and what you’ve done for me. I like knowing that you did not doom me because of one man and because of my free will to sin. You saved me through your Son and do the same for any who believe in him. Thank you for taking something complicated and scary and making it good. Really Good. I love you and thank you and pray in your Son’s name, amen.