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Our Epistle for this week, found in Romans 5:6-15, points out the dismal truth. In Adam’s sin, all humans were condemned. The curse of sin has governed the world since that fateful day in the garden. There is no escaping it. Sin is accounted to all people. We then confirm the truth of God’s accounting by entering into sin ourselves.
The coin of the human condition has two sides, though. Through one man all have sinned. However, through the righteousness of one man, Jesus, the Second Adam, all who believe are redeemed. The curse of sin is not coujnted against us any more. This is the gift of God.
To be certain that we don’t think of it as a cosmic battle between good and evil, and God’s victory to be dependent on our acceptance or faithfulness, in verse 15, Paul points out that salvation is absolutely free and is abundantly available. There is no room for condemnation in Christ. He redeemed sinners from the curse of the law. His obedience is even more powerful than Adam’s disobedience. He has accomplished salvation.
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