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Christ, Infinitely Greater Than Adam (5 of 26)
BROAD CONTEXT: Thus far Paul has spent nearly 5 chapters explaining the incredible nature of our justification in Christ.
- He spoke of the radical expression of our personal sin in chapters 1-3.
- In the last part of Chp. 3 he described our salvation in terms of Redemption, Propitiation, and Justification.
- He spoke of how our salvation is through faith alone in chapter 4.
- In chapter 5:1-11 he told of how justification in not mearly theoretical but practical, enabling us to celebrate under the stress of life.
IMMEDIATE CONTEXT: Now in verses 12-21 Paul contrasts and compare our lostness in Adam to our justification in Christ. His goal is to show that justification is not mearly better than lostness, it is infinitely better.
Now in order to understand what Paul is communicating you must understand the concept of imputed sin and imputed righteousness.
In one sense God deals with you in a very personal sense, relating to each of us individually. In another very real sense, God deals with every person who was ever born vicariously through one of two men. These two men stand in proxy for the entirety of the human race. Your relation to them - determines your relation to GOD.
This is the message of Romans 5. Two men are presented. They are presented as if they were the only two men who ever lived. Their importance is such that they are elevated far above all the great men of scripture... Abraham, David, Solomon, Elijah, Moses... these names fade into a whisper next to the two men in our text.
- The first man - Adam, the father of all the living. Which btw, before you allow someone to pull the thread of an actual Adam out of scripture you must recognize that this thread runs through the entire garment.
- The one called in 1 Cor. 15:47 the second man - Jesus Christ
According to this text every person who ever has lived or ever will live is, ...
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