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THE POWER OF ONE 26 декабря, 2011

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Blogs, Библейские уроки-Bible lessons, Библия говорит - Bible Speaks, Трибуна братства - The brotherhood tribune, Inspirational, Today's Devotional.

John Grace

John Grace

«Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and  death as the  result of sin, so death spread to all men, because all men  sinned»  (Romans 5:12).

Wow! ONE  man disdains God’s command, and, as a result, it mushrooms  into global  apostasy. Hard to fathom that by the act of just one man,  all men have  been affected. However, the fact that this one happens to  be the very  First man, from whom all others will descend clarifies it  some. His  direct rebellion of God’s ONLY restriction, led to death for  that was  God’s prearranged condition. Adam knew this, but deliberately  disobeyed  anyway. Through his genetic bloodline (from which all humans  sprang)  the plague of sin, and its ensuing result of death, spread. Not  simply  because Adam sinned, but because that one act changed Adam’s  nature. He  was now endowed with what we refer to as the «sin nature». By  virtue  of that genetic mutation, everyone born thereafter is born with  the  same defect, thus all men are cursed to die. This ostensibly   irreversible judgment does have one escape clause, but men have   continually rejected it. Men are not accounted guilty for what they  are  not aware is evil (Romans 5:13), but death was  still in play for all.  God is able, though, to hold ALL men accountable  because He has made  these things known to men incontrovertibly. Psalm 19:1-4 tells us that  the very creation of God declares His glory, and that  throughout ALL the  world. They declare of His eternal power and  divinity, making visible  to man God’s invisible nature. Paul states  that because of this all men  are «without excuse (altogether without  any defense or justification)»  (Romans 1:20-21). Moreover, God has personally declared Himself to all  the general revelation of Himself to men’s inner consciousness.

The true sting of sin (and death as a result), is not the act itself,  but the heart BEHIND the act. Sin is a deliberate act of repressing and  hindering the  revealed truth of God. It’s taking what one knows of Him  and refusing  to acknowledge that truth as such. The element of  ingratitude also  enters into the equation. Worse yet, men decide that  rejection  and ingratitude aren’t enough! Harboring umbrage in their  hearts, they  seek to vehemently oppugn God by taking His creation and  making THOSE  things their gods! What a slap in the face of the Almighty!  However,  this has become their destruction. In choosing to revolt  against Him  they degenerated into fools, darkened their hearts, and were  shut out  from God.

They did not want God, so God abandoned them to  their own lusts. So  men degraded, feeding themselves on the disease of  sin, and dying as a  result. Men did not approve of God, see fit to  acknowledge Him, nor did  they consider Him even WORTH knowing. So, men  became more and more  perverse. Ever wonder why God ALLOWS evil and  suffering? Here’s the  answer. That is what happens when men choose to  reject God. They get a  world where His loving power is withheld. He has  given men what they  desired. We have no right to blame Him for the  horrid results. We live  in a world of our own choosing. We have now  become «filled (permeated,  saturated) with every kind of  unrighteousness, iniquity, grasping and  covetous greed, and  malice…without understanding, conscienceless and  faithless, heartless  and loveless and merciless» (Romans 1:29-31).  Beginning with the disobedience of just one man, the cancer of sin  has  spread to all men. Death has reigned over all men as its inevitable,   God-ordained result. God has abandoned us to our desires and we will   all perish as a result. God’s law is firm and the curse is irreversible.

Or is it……?!?

The disobedience of one man (Adam) led to death, and through Adam, all   men died. Sin has left a heavy toll upon mankind. Through Adam we have   inherited a sin-nature (i.e. the propensity to sin), the eviction of  man  from God’s intimate presence, and the curse of death. The plague  has  swept across the planet and infected everyone and everything. We  have  chosen autonomy and rejected God’s divine authority. God, in turn,  has  abandoned us to our own perverse desires. We have sold our souls  to sin  and become its slave, with death eternal as our only reward (Romans  6:23a; Ephesians 2:1-3). What an awful tragedy. So, now, what if one  should decide that one no longer desires this captivity? Is  man doomed  eternally? Is all hope gone? Has God forever abandoned His  creation to  this vile lot? Is there no way to escape from this  damnation? Truly we  can cry with the Apostle, «O unhappy and  pitiable and wretched man that I  am! Who will release me from (the  shackles of) this body of death?»  (Romans 7:24). Indeed, how shall we be delivered from this  «irreversible» judgment?

«Well then, as one man’s (Adam) trespass (one man’s false step and   falling away led) to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of   righteousness (leads) to acquittal and right standing with God and life   for all men. For just as by one man’s disobedience the many were   constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be   constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right   standing with Him)» (Romans 5:18-19).

Really?!? Just like  that? A locum tremens (substitute) to bear our  punishment, the  wrath  due to us for our unrighteousness? One Man’s  sacrifice on account of  all mens’ sin is sufficient to revoke the  sentence of death that is  upon us all?!?  A free pass from death and  eternal judgment?!?  Yes! «For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse,  offense) death reigned  through that one, much more surely will those who  receive (God’s)  overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the FREE GIFT  of righteousness  reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus  Christ» (Romans 5:17).

You may be asking, «But why? Why would He do that»? Simply because He  loves us and His mercy is so amazingly great toward us. Listen: «But  God shows and clearly proves His love for us by the fact that WHILE WE  WERE YET SINNERS, Christ Jesus died for us» (Romans 5:8). And again,  «But  God-so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy  the  great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even  when  we were dead by our own shortcomings and trespasses, He made us  alive  together in fellowship and in union with Christ; it is by grace  (His  favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved   (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation)»   (Ephesians 2:4-5).

The power of one. One man’s  disobedience led to sin, death, and  judgment. The power of One. One  Man’s obedience reverses the destruction  of the first, giving  righteousness, life, and liberty to those formerly  bound. I lament the  power of one (Adam). I praise the power of The One  (Jesus). Now, thanks  to His obedience and substitutionary sacrifice, I  can say «There  is no longer any condemnation (no adjudging guilty of  wrong) for those  who are in Christ jesus. For the law of the Spirit of  life (which is  in Christ Jesus) has freed me from the the law of sin and  death» (Romans 8:1-2).

Amen and may the Lord be praised forever and glorified in us!!

~Brother John Grace~


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2. Alyosha Kolodiy - 26 декабря, 2011

I do not know Brother John personaly, but always find inspiring his articles. I hope you will enjoy it too.

3. Alyosha Kolodiy - 26 декабря, 2011

yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—

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