BCL Grow: 2 Things — Romans 5:17

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Romans 5:17 (Justification)

Bible Passage

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. — Romans 5:17


“When God placed Adam in the garden-temple and gave him the two commands (the dominion mandate and the prohibition about eating from the tree of knowledge), God revealed an explicit relationship between obedience and eschatological life.” — J.V. Fesko, Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation

Steps to Take

1. Know: Every human being is made in God's image and must meet his standard of perfect holiness. Jesus did two things that we all need.

2. Remember: First, when Adam disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, he brought guilt upon not only himself but also on all his descendants. We heap more guilt upon ourselves because everything we do is tainted by sin. But Jesus, being both true God and true man, kept the law perfectly on behalf of all who trust in him for their salvation. Second, the Levitical priests had to offer sacrifices daily for sins, but these offerings could never take away sin entirely (Heb. 10:11). Jesus was the one and only perfect sacrifice for sin (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 10:12).

3. Rejoice: When you receive Jesus as your savior by faith, his perfect righteousness is counted to you, and your sin is counted to him (Rom. 5:18–19). Peace with God is found only by his grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone.

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