In today’s chapter, Paul continues connecting the Old Testament with the New. Yesterday, he told us that we are all made righteous by faith, the same way Abraham was in Genesis 12. Today Paul goes further back in history. In the beginning, God made Adam, the first man, father of us all. God gave Adam the simple instruction not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve was deceived, and then lead Adam to disobey God. This was the first sin, and by committing the first sin, sin entered the world and has plagued humanity ever since.
Paul then shows us Christ. Through Jesus, salvation and life was able to enter this world that was full of sin and death. Paul says, “Because on person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because on other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous” (5:19 NLT). Paul is really making clear to us that we simply have to have faith in Jesus, and that he is the only way, for our salvation from sin and death.
So where does that lead you and me? We know how we are supposed to live. But just like Eve who was deceived by a snake, we have our own snakes to fight. They are powerful. Even a quick 15 second advertisement, or a billboard along the road, can trip us up. But Jesus gives us the power to overcome sin, especially those things that are really attractive to us. I’m reminded of the lyrics from Kari Jobe’s song Savior’s Here:
“You have saved us
You have won
Sin is broken
Death is gone
Freedom’s found us
In your presence
No more Fear
Our savior’s here
Our savior’s here”
It’s true what she says, sin has been broken and death is gone. Christ did that for you and for me. People like to say that one person cannot change the world, but I think of Christ. He is one man that not only changed the world, he saved all of Creation! So celebrate today. You have been saved from the death you deserve, by your faith in, and the death of, Jesus Christ!
Here is that Kari Jobe song for you to take a listen too.