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.
Romans 5:18-19 (NIV)
Read: Romans 5
Consider: In the last post we looked at the word ‘righteousness’ and how it applies to us as Christians. We thought about the word righteousness in terms of ‘right living’ and seeing that this means living God’s way.
The verses above from Romans 5:18-19 speak of ‘… one righteous act …’ and ‘… the obedience of the one man …’ If we think again of living God’s way, this means that Jesus was willing to live God’s way and to be obedient to Him. There is also another implication here – Jesus didn’t just live God’s way, he died God’s way.
Jesus was willing to live a righteous life and death, so that he could bring about forgiveness of sins for all those who accept salvation through him. As sin came into the world through the disobedience of one man, Adam, so forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God was brought about through the death of one man, Jesus.
Read these verses from Romans 5 again and let God impress on your heart their full meaning:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
(Romans 5:6, 8, 10)
Pray: Father, we thank you that you were willing to allow your Son to die in our place so as to bring about our salvation. We thank you, Jesus, for your willingness to be obedient to your Father’s will. May we fully understand the true cost of our salvation. Amen