Coming to the Light Part – 8

Romans 5:19 —– For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

The disobedient one man is Adam. Adam disobeyed God’s explicit command and ate the forbidden fruit. God had warned Adam that in the day he ate of that fruit, he would die (Gen2:17). This referred both to physical death and to spiritual death, or separation from God. At the moment Adam and Eve ate the fruit, the effects of physical ageing and death were set into motion. Physical and spiritual death entered into this world through Adam’s original sin.

Adam’s sin brought death and condemnation to all, but Jesus’ righteousness brought justification of life to all. All who are in Adam are condemned. All who are in Christ are justified.   Thus if you are in Christ by faith in His sacrifice on the cross, you are free from sin and death and will reign in life through Him, because Christ’s gift is greater than Adam’s sin.

Romans 7:19 —– For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

When we believe that we are redeemed by the grace of God, there is now something within us that wants to do good. There is something within that says what the Law tells us to do is right, and we want to do it. But also, there is something else in us that rises up and says “No!”

Even though we are determined not to do what is bad, we suddenly find ourselves in such circumstances that our determination melts away, our resolve is gone, and we end up doing what we had sworn we would not do. Have you ever felt that way?

So we come away angry with ourselves. “What’s the matter with me? Why can’t I do what is right? Why do I give way when I get into this situation? Why am I so weak?” This is right where we live, isn’t it? This is what we all struggle with. The cry of the heart at that moment is this. Who will deliver us from this body of death?

The Lord Jesus has already done it. We are no longer under the Law. That is the fact. We have arrived at a different situation; we are married to Christ, Christ rose from the dead. That means we must no longer think, “I am a poor, struggling, bewildered disciple, left alone to wrestle against these powerful urges.” We must now begin to think, “No, I am a free son of God, living a normal human life. I am dead to sin, and dead to the Law because I am married to Christ. His power is mine, right at this moment. And though I may not feel a thing, I have the power to say, “No!” and walk away and be free, in Jesus Christ.”
Our faith in the Grace of God is the only way out of this struggle.


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