“Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (I Corinthians 15:57). We broke the command in Adam. But, as he says, all those things that were gain to him he counted as loss for the sake of Christ (Phil. Adam trespassed once and brought death to all. 2:25-26). God is working in her heart and drawing her to Jesus. Also, God was well-pleased to reveal His salvation to babes rather than to the intelligent. Now let's look at Verse 17: For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ? – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 These verses has evolved in my heart like a fine wine over time. Our joy is eternal and will only grow greater when we pass into the presence of our Savior! No matter how many trespasses are involved in your record, there is freedom in Christ and forgiveness for all of them. Paul is saying this: Adam brought a single experience of death to all people. We will sin because that is part of our nature. Paul is making a comparison here. Therefore, we are to rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It takes us two days to get it back in shape after a visit from him. Lord, Thou art life, though I be dead;    Love's Fire Thou art, however cold I be; Nor heaven have I, nor place to lay my head,    Nor home, but Thee. We reign in life now. (Romans 5:17 NIV). As we cross over this bridge by our faith in Jesus, our relationship with God is restored. We don't die for our own sins. This is Paul's argument. Last night I listened to a tape by Charles Colson, who was called 'the hatchet man of the Nixon Administration.' Hardened, violent, brutal men, who had spent their lives in resistance to right and truth and good, and had given themselves over completely to hardness and cynicism and brutality, began to break and to find forgiveness. There are some people who claim that we are righteous because God declares us righteous. Paul is saying that death, i.e., judgment or condemnation, comes to us not because of our own sins, but because of Adam's. And, even more than that, Jesus presents us holy and blameless in God’s sight. It was certainly the case with His people Israel. Notice again that Paul, as he so frequently does, reminds us that everything that comes to us comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. Then, Verses 18-19 give a brief summary of this truth by this master logician, the Apostle Paul. We are all born with sin at work in us and, as a result, death is taking its toll. He said, “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37). I read last week that last year alone, in the Los Angeles County jails 256 prisoners received the Lord. What God Requires of Us. Why/why not? Every time a soul is saved from hell, it is a foretaste of God’s final and complete victory over Satan. We don't need to argue it; it is evident on every side. God demands worship because He and He alone is worthy of it. How do you see the greatness of Christ? By your Spirit, Father, we rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:13-14 NIV). But Scripture is clear that God is not obligated to show mercy to anyone. Service has its ups and downs; but salvation through God’s grace and the assurance that whom He saves, He keeps, should fill us with steady joy. (Romans 5:15a NIV). Let's start with Verse 12, where we begin, in Adam: Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned -- (Romans 5:12 NIV), My version has a dash here, which means it is an incomplete sentence. I have found that, if you get involved in the details of the passage, and it would be easy to do so, it would be possible to preach a month of Sundays on this one section alone. God must do it for us (2 Tim. The third level is rejoicing "in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." When that happens we learn that the grace of God will abound more and more, for the increase of sin only increases the grace of our Lord Jesus. Adam broke that specific, clear-cut command; he ate of the fruit. 1:26-31). Life is love, joy, and excitement. Sometimes we become frustrated and hard and cynical. Sermon Theme – The angelic announcement of the miraculous birth of Christ demands a response of faith and praise, for God looked upon our humble estate and sent His Son, Jesus, to … I will say it again: Rejoice!" 229 x 152 mm. In Verses 11-21, we learn to rejoice in our great and glorious God. Thus, It should bring great joy to us for the same reasons that it brought great joy to Jesus, namely, because it glorifies the Father, it defeats the power of Satan, it humbles the proud sinner, and it promotes holiness in His elect. But a strange thing happens at that point. In my book Authentic Christianity,I call this "an unquenchable optimism." His promise if for you: Come to Jesus and He will give you rest in your soul! The gift, what every human being is always looking for, is the gift of righteousness, a sense of worth, a sense of significance to life. And home, rejoicing, brought me. We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God," (Romans 5:1b-2 NIV). What if I’m not one of the elect? Therefore, when you see the greatness of Christ, you have seen the greatness of God. But it is equally true to say of that child, "Here is someone who is starting to die," because death is at work in that child from the moment of birth. 3:34; 1 Pet. Is God unfair because He condemned all the fallen angels to the abyss without any chance of salvation? Of course not! You can have joy today because your God sees you as a triumph. For example, some say, “If God has sovereignly determined everything, then why pray? Therefore, Paul traces the reign of sin and death back to Adam. (Romans 5:16 NIV). They are not necessarily chronological levels, but they are levels of understanding truth and responding to it that reflect a continually growing and deepening maturity. What has he done? We are born to die.          We are dependent on God to reveal His salvation to us because there is nothing in us that obligates God to reveal Himself to us. So should we. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. One trespass brought death; the death of Jesus brought forgiveness for thousands of trespasses. They are not harsh demands originating from a selfish desire to control, but rather loving directions for our good and ultimate satisfaction. Paul is contrasting two men, actually, Adam and Jesus. Did he just marry a beautiful young woman? God exults over you today just as you are. Through the rest of this passage, the apostle is going to show us how Adam is a kind of picture of Christ; and yet there is a great contrast between the two, as well. Because God had His elect in Corinth who were not yet saved, Paul needed to keep preaching. We recognize this fact when we speak of the brotherhood of man, and when we say, "No man is an island." Did he just get a promotion in his career? Remember how John begins his gospel? Only Christ can set us free. That is what we think they were given for, but they were not. We share life together. Jesus tells us: Abraham rejoiced to see My day; ... Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is his pleading prayer, and grant us Your salvation! No man [-- no man --] comes to the Father but by me," (John 14:6 KJV). Luke 10:25-28 [25] On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. 11:40). Notice that Paul starts out by saying "Therefore, just as..." When you get a "just as," you grammarians know that you have got to have an "even so" a little later. Chapter 13 (115) The children of God are called to be representatives of Christ, showing forth the goodness and mercy of the Lord. This is what Jesus meant in Luke 10:22. 9:11). And each time, she brings a new neighbor or friend to join us. Do you know that there is a spiritual awakening going on in our prisons today? You can have life in the midst of all the pressures and circumstances and suffering and troubles. (Romans 15:13) Why envy a man who in a short time will be cast into the lake of fire? Now the law has come in. Some people never seem to have anything but death in their lives. Adam ruins us all. What a terrible gift it is, isn't it? This is Jesus’ gentle correction to the 72 in verse 20. 4:4-7), 3. The same is true of rebellious, fallen man. Now, let us go forth in joy. The gift, Paul says, is not like the trespass. Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.. Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?. RayStedman.org/permissions. I think any line of evidence will substantiate that. Suffering helps us to become like Jesus now. You have been transformed. Language: English . Isn't that strange? Jesus states that He reveals the Father to whomever He (the Son) wills (10:22). How much of your life is made up of death? Did he just win a million dollars in the lottery? 2 Corinthians 1:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. Based on the truths of God’s Word, the Canons of Dort help us understand God’s gifts of grace and our reasons for rejoicing. Death reigns because of Adam's transgression. That is what is called "original sin." For permission to use this content, please review Christians always have grounds for rejoicing. Adam's single trespass brought in judgment, i.e., death. 15But the gift is not like the trespass. You can call it karma, destiny, fate, evolutionary darkness, or whatever -- but it is clearly evident that something is wrong. 16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. Verse 19: For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Jesus exulted in this truth. Christ is the way to God. His mother was telling us the other day that if she says to him, "Now, eat your food," that's the one thing he doesn't want to do. Paul is saying that Christ's death provides such abundant grace and loving acceptance, which are available again and again and again, that all who are in him can reign in life -- now. You are what God has most desired in the earth. Answer: Worship is “to give honor, homage, reverence, respect, adoration, praise, or glory to a superior being.”. 5:5). I think this universal tendency to evil has been stated most clearly by a totally secular agency. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He becomes a lamb of God, and Jesus said: “I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish.” This repentant one is as good as in heaven the moment he truly repents and trusts Christ. He is completely selfish and self-centered. In that dark and lonely place, crammed in with forty other men, he found a brother in Christ. So the verses that follow draw both a comparison and a contrast between Adam and Jesus. This is a clear statement on the universality of sin and of the fact, as Paul says here, that by one man, sin entered the world. A bridge has been built through Jesus Christ. Paul says it is by understanding the reconciliation. Don’t worry about knowing God’s eternal decrees. In His holiness, God would be perfectly just to condemn the entire human race to hell. The apostle answers: through one man. That is the contrast. Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Jesus doesn t want us in a pit of despair. If you fail to stop, you are subject to a penalty, even though you have been driving through that intersection without stopping for years without any penalty. King Sin and his evil and cruel queen, Death, who hold in their remorseless hands every human being, without exception. Why God allows Satan to have dominion over this fallen earth for as long as He does, no one knows. True, that funeral happens because of Adam's trespass, but there is more to it than that. (Romans 5:15b NIV). When we see the greatness of Jesus, we see the greatness of God. Rather, He is putting it in perspective. And so do you, so don't look so pious! We rejoice because he has broken the shackles of evil and death and sin that held us, and he has set our spirit free and has given us the opportunity to draw from him the grace and mercy we need every day. For, all through the passage, Adam, as an individual, is contrasted and compared with the person of the Lord Jesus. Paperback. But, Paul tells us, Jesus has launched another avalanche of grace, and in him there is ample counteraction against all that Adam has brought. She gushed with thanksgiving to God for the opportunity to study the Bible. We rejoice in who he is, and what he has come to do in our wretched, miserable lives. You are a new creation. Jesus states that He reveals the Father to whomever He (the Son) wills (10:22). These demands are Jesus’s way of showing us who he is and what he expects of us. I am the good shepherd. If he could only see as God sees, that successful man would gladly and quickly trade places with the person whose name is written in the book of life, even if that saint were suffering from terminal cancer! Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His Gospel is Peace. 9:16). Does God’s sovereign grace make you rejoice greatly or stumble? I can almost hear Jesus laughing for joy as He speaks verse 17. Acts 13:48 records, “and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” God’s sovereign grace in electing some to salvation should motivate us to evangelize, since we know that our efforts will be used by God to save His elect. First, Verse 15: But the gift is not like the trespass. But now the law has come in, and thus you break a command if you fail to stop. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Having been justified by faith, "we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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