New Life in Christ

Romans 5:12-17

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. And though there was no law to break, since it had not yet been given, 14 they all died anyway — even though they did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. What a contrast between Adam and Christ, who was yet to come! 15 And what a difference between our sin and God’s generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s bountiful gift. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 17 The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

We were in Adam, now we are in Christ.  Therefore, we no longer have to live in sin, we can live for God’s glory. God carefully prepared the world to be the perfect home for us

God made man in His image to glorify God through reflecting God in our desires, our thoughts, our words, our actions, our relationships and desires
At first, Adam and Eve did glorify God because they were everything that God made them to be.

Then  sin entered the whole human race:
This does not mean that we should have the same glory as God, but that we glorify Him by imitating Him in all of who we are. In this way, we reflect His glory like a mirror. When Adam disobeyed God by eating the fruit, he was not being who God made him to be. He no longer reflected God’s image properly. That is what sin is: Rom 3:22-23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

This does not mean that we should have the same glory as God, but that we glorify Him by imitating Him in all of who we are. In this way, we reflect His glory like a mirror. (Sho

We know that when a husband and wife have a child, their child will look like them in some ways. The physical characteristic are passed from parent to child. In the same way, because Adam was our ancestor, his spiritual characteristics were passed to all of us.
Rom 5:12-14

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. And though there was no law to break, since it had not yet been given, 14 they all died anyway — even though they did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. What a contrast between Adam and Christ, who was yet to come!

This verse says that at the beginning of the world, even before God told Moses the commandments, all of us became like a broken mirror, unable to reflect God as we were made to do. We are all like our ancestor Adam:

a) we want to please ourselves more than God
b) we cannot reflect God in all we are (i.e. we all sin)
c) and so, we cannot have a relationship with God. Our spirits are dead.

We cannot change our inheritance from Adam. In ourselves we have no hope
But there is one hope, and His Name is Jesus!

Jesus, though He is God, came as a man to live on earth. He never fell short of the glory of God.   Philip, Jesus disciple, said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?  Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father . (John 14:8-9)

Jesus obeyed God and reflected God perfectly in everything. He never sinned.
This is what the Bible says about our forgiveness through Jesus:

Rom 5:14-17
15 And what a difference between our sin and God’s generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s bountiful gift. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 17 The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

When we ask Jesus to give us life, we no longer have Adam’s nature, we have Jesus’ nature.

The Bible says, (2 Cor 5:17-18) “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation ; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Jesus takes away what we inherited from Adam and puts His own Holy Spirit inside of us.

What does this mean?

Once upon a time, everything that was true of Adam was true of us, but now, everything that is true of Jesus is true of us.

a) we want to please God and not just ourselves
b) we reflect God because the Holy Spirit lives through us
c) we have a relationship with God that cannot be broken. We are spiritually alive, children of God and loved by Him forever.
Let’s look again at verse 17: but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Sometimes sin will come your way and say to you, “Be like this” (hold up broken mirror). Sin will say, “You don’t have to be like God. You can gossip just a little, or tell a lie, or be discontent,” or what sin you are tempted with.

But you can remember that you are whole now. You can answer temptation, “I am not broken any more. I live to reflect God’s glory now.” You can say, “Jesus, in this moment, please make your Holy Spirit shine through me.” This is the power of Jesus in us, His wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness.

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