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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Pivotal Points in History”
If not for the second, the first would have killed us.
This is Paul’s summation when talking about God’s love for us. Because of Adam, sin entered humanity, and that sin nature was then passed down to every generation that followed.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
And because of this, we’re all fated to die. “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a)
But that is not the end of the story, because Adam was a type or picture of the Messiah, the One who would make right the wrong. So just as Adam, the head of the human race brought sin and death, so the Messiah would come and live a sinless life and be that perfect sacrifice conquering sin and death.
“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22)
“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” (Romans 5:14)
You see, Adam became a living soul and spirit, but when He sinned, it killed the spirit, separating humanity from God. The prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
But Jesus came to give eternal life, and to bring humanity back into that right relationship with God.
The Bible says, “The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:45)
And so, while Adam brought sin and death, God’s gift to us is that of renewed and eternal life through Jesus Christ, as the Scripture goes on to say, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23b)
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