Death in Adam and Life in Christ

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If you want to know the heart of the Bible, and the central truth about world history from God’s point of view, you only need to know two people. This section of Scripture shows a contrast between Adam and Christ.



By virtue of our physical birth, we are in Adam’s family. However we don’t have to stay there. God has made a way for us to pass from Adam to Christ. Our first birth put us in Adam; Our second birth puts us in Christ. That’s why Jesus said, “You must be born again.”


In what area of my life am I most like Adam? What changes need to take place in my life to make me more Christlike?

Romans 5:12-21 (English Standard Version)

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned-- for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Because of Adam’s sin men are separated from God.

Because of Christ’s grace man has been offered eternal life.
16Adam’s sin brought judgmentChrist’s death brought justification.
17Because of Adam’s sin death reigned.Because of Christ’s death believers reign.
18Condemnation brought on all men.Justification offered to all men.