Summary of passage: Adam’s sin condemned man but Jesus’s gift of sacrificial life justifies us! Disobedience made us sinners; obedience makes us righteous.
8 ) Part personal Question. My answer: Eternal hell, earthly death, judgment, wrath, anger, trouble, distress, destruction, punishment, abandonment by God, the lake of Fire. Basically, life without Jesus at the end will be tortuous. It motivates me to tell unbelievers about their fate if they don’t turn.
9a) Jesus’s death on the cross
b) Part personal Question. My answer: A life of obedience and faith, peace, blessings, contentment, eternal life, experiencing the love of God, a life with God, God’s power in us to do His will, a purpose. I try my best to rely on God and live out His principles amongst the sin of this world. I feel very blessed and honored and although I’m not perfect I hope my intent is seen by others.
Conclusions: Did we need another day on these two verses? Repetitive from yesterday and personal with no meat. The questions are the same just with different words and the answer is evident: Jesus=life. Adam=sin & death. Choose.
I do like the reference verses because I’d never be able to find these on my own. This is one of the changes I’m most grateful for from BSF because you used to have to find these on your own and at the time I didn’t know the Bible at all when I first began. Albeit time consuming, it’s fun to read all these topics sprinkled throughout the Bible and how God and Jesus touch on the same themes over and over again.
End Notes: [Notes from yesterday repeated here.] Verse 18 Paul summarizes. These verses has both Adam and Jesus known as the two men. Between them they represent all of humanity and you are either identified with Adam or Jesus. We are all born under Adam. We are born again when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
This idea of Adam and Jesus as two representatives of the human race is sometimes called Federal Theology, or Adam and Jesus are sometimes referred to as Federal Heads. This is because under the federal system of government, representatives are chosen and the representative speaks for the people who chose him. Adam speaks for those he represents, and Jesus speaks for His people.
One may object: “But I never chose to have Adam represent me.” Yes, you did–with the very first sin you committed. Hence, Jesus stands apart.
So, once you are old enough, you choose: Adam who brings judgment and condemnation or Jesus who brings grace and justification and thus life.
The important thing to note is not all are given free life. The gift of life is presented. However, you must choose to receive it (verse 17). The idea that all men are saved by the work of Jesus whether they know it or not is called universalism. Paul never propounds this belief. He clearly states not all will be saved in all his writings. NIV Bibles take out the word “free” to avoid this confusion.
Verse 19 sums up this entire section: Since we were made sinners by one man, we can be made righteous by one man! Praise God! This is God’s fairness and justice in play. Paul is about to discuss our change in character (sanctification) in chapters 6-8.
To be clear: none of us can stand by ourselves. Remember, we are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) in God’s eyes without Jesus. To choose to do so is death. I choose life!