“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the Law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 5:18-21). In this passage, Paul sums up God’s plan of redemption and salvation. We have two representative heads: Adam, representing the whole human race; and Christ, representing all those people who would believe in Him for salvation (see also 1 Corinthians 15:22). This means that we are represented in Adam by natural birth, but we are, in Christ by faith.
When Adam deliberately disobeyed a specific verbal command of God (see Genesis 2:17; 3:6,17), he sinned. Through Adam, sin entered the world with the accompanying judgment of death. Thus sin and death spread to all mankind because all sinned (Rom 5:12). Mankind would hopelessly die, in this life and for all eternity, unless someone came to his rescue!
God did this in Christ, by having the sinless “Lamb of God” pay for humanity’s sins by sacrificing Himself on the cross (Rom 5:6-11).
In Adam, by our natural human birth, we are condemned to die as sinners. But because of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, we can be justified and live, it we are in Him by faith (Rom 5:18,19). In other words, we need to be “born; again” in to a new “family ” by experiencing a spiritual birth from above (John 3:1-6).
NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION
Now this does not mean that all men are saved without personally coming to Christ for His gift of salvation. We recall that a gift is not a gift until it has been accepted.
We are told in Romans 5:17 that we must personally “receive” God’s gracious gift of life in Christ Jesus. If it isn’t received, it doesn’t do us any good. The offer has already been made, but it must be accepted. Only those who receive the Lord Jesus as their Savior will enjoy everlasting life.
”Behold, NOW is the acceptable time; behold, NOW is the day of Salvation” (2 Cor 6:2).
God calls you today to do only one thing: Receive His Son as your Savior. Nothing else really matters.
Charles Wesley wrote the beautiful hymn, “Nothing in my hand l bring, only to Thy cross cling.” And he said it all.
Andrew Murray put it this way: “Every human being should put all of their sins in one pile, and all of their good works in another. Then they should flee from them both to Jesus!”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the [free] gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord ” (Rom 6:23). “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:11,12).