Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For 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
According to what we know from Scripture, Adam and Eve are the only human beings who truly knew the perfection of the Garden of Eden. For some period of time, they experienced the fullness of God’s plan for their lives. They flourished. And then, it all came crashing down as they disobeyed God’s direction for their lives. Is there a better illustration for us today, that our actions have consequences, not only for our lives but for the ones who follow us on this earth?
From that moment mankind sinned through Adam and Eve, God’s plan for redemption was in play. The earliest prophecy of Christ is found in the third chapter of Genesis.
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,Genesis 3: 15
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Paul reminds us again in verse 12 of chapter five, that we all have sinned and are deserving of death thanks to Adam’s disobedience resulting in separation from God.
Consider the contrast between Adam and Christ. Rebellion and Redemption. Selfishness and Sacrifice. Death and Life.
We were dead in sin, but now we are justified and alive in Christ only through the Grace of God.
Think about it today. How can you give thanks to God for His gift of righteousness and life?