BCL Grow: Contemptuous of Truth — Romans 5:19

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Romans 5:19 (Redemption)

Bible Passage

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. — Romans 5:19


“Yet it is at the same time to be noted that the first man revolted from God’s authority, not only because he was seized by Satan’s blandishments, but also because, contemptuous of truth, he turned aside to falsehood. And surely, once we hold God’s Word in contempt, we shake off all reverence for him. — John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, II.1.3.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: The relationship that existed between God and Adam had a condition placed upon it, which was Adam’s obedience, as well as a reward for obedience (life) and a consequence for disobedience (death), and Adam represented all of humanity in this covenant. The sixteenth-century theologian John Calvin states, “Adam was denied the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to test his obedience and prove he was willingly under God’s command” (Institutes, II.1.3).

2. Know: Adam, representing all humanity, miserably failed his test of fidelity, choosing to exalt himself rather than bend the knee in obedience to his Creator. Without God’s grace and mercy in Christ (the “last Adam”; 1 Cor. 15:45), none of us would have any hope of inheriting eternal life and escaping the due punishment for our sin and rebellion.

3. Reflect: It is sadly easy to find contempt for truth in the world today. Some deny that the Bible is the authoritative word of God and they make themselves the authoritative self-ruler of their life. Others claim to follow Christ; yet, they cherry-pick the verses they like and dismiss the ones they don’t. Or they twist God’s word like the serpent did in the garden, claiming “Did God actually say…?” Will you take the truth claims of the Bible seriously? Will you seek the truth, whether or not you agree with what you discover? Will you willingly bow the knee to your Creator and sovereign Ruler over all? Regardless of what you decide in this life, the Bible is clear that one day every knee will bow to Jesus (Phil. 2:10-11) and all who are not redeemed by his blood will face God’s righteous wrath and judgment. If you have not already done so, call upon the name of the Lord and receive Christ as your Savior today (Rev. 20:11-15).

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