What Does Romans 5:15 Mean?

But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.

Romans 5:15(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Man did not become a sinner by sinning, but as members of the human race, we were born in sin - and the wages of sin is death. We are born with a sin nature, because we are of the ancestry of Adam, and it was because of his one transgression, that death entered the world, and passed on to all humanity.

Adam sinned, and where there is sin there is death. It was this one sinful act in the garden of Eden, that brought death upon the entire human race. Adam's one transgression placed deadly condemnation upon all men. We are able to recognise that we are sinners, because the Law of God exposes our sinfulness.. but it was Adam's SINGLE transgression - his ONE act of disobedience - his first SIN, that brought the sentence of death upon you and on me.

In this passage, Paul wants to make it crystal clear, that it was Adam's one transgression, through which sin entered the world.. and it was that one, single sin by which the whole of the human race was condemned to death.

The Law certainly identifies our own individual sins, but it was because of the transgression of ONE man's sin.. that the penalty of death was passed on to everyone. God's judgement on Adam's one trespass was passed to ALL men. Everyone is born a sinner. We are all born with a sin nature. All are born, 'dead in trespasses and sin,' because of his one act of disobedience in the garden of Eden.. so that all his offspring, including you and me, are condemned to death, simply by being born!!.

On the face of it, this seems very unfair. Why should I have to die because of Adam's one transgression, we ask. Why should I pay the price for Adam's sin? Why can't I be accountable for my own sin and pay my own debt.!!! Why could I not have the opportunity to try to live a sinless life so that I will not be subject to the consequences and outcome of Adam's ONE transgression? Why should I receive the death penalty because of Adam's transgression?

But when viewed from God's perspective, we view a very different picture and see an explosion of His mercy and grace - goodness and kindness. If the transgression of the one had not been passed on to the many.. we would all have to try to live a perfect, sinless life in an increasingly sinful world. But the Law makes it painfully obvious, that sinless perfection, in a fallen world, is utterly impossible.. and the inevitable result would be sin, death and hell for each of Adam's progeny.

The Bible teachers that as Adam's offspring.. we are identified with the actions, consequences and outcome of Adam's ONE transgression, simply because we were born into the human race.. and the result of his one sin is DEATH for all - for by the transgression of the ONE the many died.. for the wages of sin is death. However by God's amazing grace, we have the opportunity to simply be identified with the actions, consequences and outcome of the ONE PERFECT MAN, the Man Christ Jesus!!

He came to identify with our humanity! He came to pay the full price for all sin! He came to be made sin for us! He came to take upon Himself the curse of the Law that we justly deserve.. which proclaims each of us as 'guilty', and sentences each of us to death. The unattainable Law proclaims its deadly condemnation on all of our lives. Jesus came to present Himself as the ONE perfect sacrifice, on behalf of all men. By paying for our sin, we can be declared righteous by faith - and His redemption is therefore available to everyone, by faith. All we have to do is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of our soul.

Jesus Christ came as our sinless Kinsman-Redeemer to die ONCE for ALL upon the cross. He came so that by His ONE act of righteousness ALL who believe in Him would be identified with HIS righteousness - and be released from the consequences of our sin and sinfulness. He came to offer each one the free gift of salvation, which by God's grace becomes ours, by faith in Him. He came so that by grace through faith.. ALL who believe on Him, might be set free from the actions, consequences and outcome our sin-filled life!!

The transgression of Adam, which caused death to be passed onto all men, is very different from the amazing abundant, glorious and eternal life that all men are offered.. as God's free gift of grace, which is our by faith in the Man Jesus Christ. We have been made a new creation in Him; born into the family of God; made children of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

We have transferred from being IN ADAM.. to being IN CHRIST. We have been given the indwelling Holy Spirit and have access to the throne of grace for help in time of need. By faith, we are a chosen people; a royal priesthood; a holy nation; a people for God's own possession.. so that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him Who has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light. All that is needed is faith in Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin - to Whom be all praise and glory.. not only in this life but in the ages to come.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, as I come to reflect on Your plan of salvation and consider my own sinfulness and Your glorious gift of grace, whereby my sin has been forgiven and debt has been paid.. I lift my hands is awe, wonder and praise, for Your goodness and grace. Thank You, that His resurrected life has been breathed into me, and I am clothed in His own righteousness. I marvel at Your loving kindness to me.. and all the children of men, and pray that I may live to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name, AMEN.

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