WHAT WE LOST IN ADAM AND GAINED IN CHRIST
Jesse M. Hendley
Romans 5:12-21, I Corinthians 15:45-49
Friends, we are taking up today the wonderful fifth
chapter of Romans! We are studying "In Adam, and in
Christ,” and we are going to take it up also in First
Corinthians 15:45 through 49. You see, in both of
these great records we have the same thought, but with
a little different angle, and that is, what we LOST in
Adam, and what we GAIN in the Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the best ways I have found to study this
passage (by the way, let's turn to Romans 5:12) is to
take a sheet of paper and divide it with a pencil line
right down the middle. On one side write down WHAT WE
LOST IN ADAM, and on the other side WHAT WE GAIN IN
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Let me read now from Romans 5, beginning with verse
12: "Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the
world (that means Adam, of course) and death by sin,
and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
sinned: for until the law, sin was in the world: but
sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless
death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that
had not sinned after the similitude (that means
"likeness") of Adam's transgression, who is the figure
of him that was to come."
Now that verse 14 is the key to this entire passage.
ADAM is a figure of HIM THAT WAS TO COME, the Lord
Jesus Christ. Adam, then Christ. Verse 15 makes that
plain: "But not as the offence, so also is the free
gift. For if through the offence of one (that is,
Adam) many be dead (death came upon everybody), much
more the GRACE of God, and the gift by grace, which is
by One Man Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many."
So Adam, we read, is a figure of Jesus Christ who is
to come. This is a wonderful truth. There are actually
ONLY TWO MEN. We are not men; we are caricatures of
men. There were only TWO MEN: Adam and Christ. And
there is a Federal Headship in these two me ...
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