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    Romans 5:18–21 NIV
    18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    School starts Tuesday, for some school has already begun.Soon kids will have assignments, and one of those assignments will surely be an essay. Maybe some of you here loved writing essays, others possible dreaded it. One important essay most students will have to write is an essay comparing and contrasting two different subjects. It is important because it builds critical thinking skills, and forces you to look at both subjects more in depth and from different perspectives, thus increasing your understanding of each subject.
    This section of Romans chapter 5, starting at verse 12, and continuing to the end of the chapter is very similar to a compare and contrast essay. Paul is comparing and contrasting Adam and Christ. Specifically, what Adam did in original sin, and what Christ did at the cross. As followers of Christ we should compare and contrast Christ with Adam.This helps us understand better what Christ did for us, who we are were, and who we are,
    Two weeks ago we were studying verses 15-17. In that passage, Paul was contrasting what Adam with Christ. Paul used phrases like the gift is not like the trespass, in verse 15, and again in verse 16 the gift is not like the result. He ends the contrasting section in verse 17.
    Romans 5:17 NIV
    17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
    Through Adam’s sin death reigns-That means rule over, have dominion over. Death has the authority over us. but how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace reign in life. Sin and death reigning are contrasted with life and grace reigning by God’s gift of grace/
    Up until now, those were contrasts, now Paul is going to begin comparing. Now, in each verse Paul will begin showing us comparisons. really parallels of one thing and then the other. Our careful understanding of these, allows us to live as Christ would intend us to live.
    Romans 5:18 NIV
    18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
    Paul starts with this important transition word, consequently, it could just as well be therefore, or just as. This is as a result of what he was explaining before. That is Adam brought sin and death into the world-Adam plunged the whole human race into this state of sin. Placing the human race under condemnation, the whole human race is then sinners, and as such subject to death. Christ, was the way that brought God’s grace into the world-that is the way that sinners became righteous by faith in Him.
    Just as that happened as complete opposites, in those two different things there are also similarities. Consequently, we have our first comparison.
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    One transgression-the one sin of Adam, is compared to the one Righteous act of Christ. We know about the sin of Adam. Simple don’t eat from the tree. Yet he was tempted, and he allowed that temptation to rule over Him instead of the word of God, and gave in, and sinned. That one sin.
    Even one sin has power-Adam had just one sin-think of the power of that one sin. It was enough power to plunge the whole human race into sin. One sin caused death to enter the world. Even, aside from Adam’s sin-we have all sinned. Our sin has power too, Our sin is not much different than Adam We knowingly, violate God’s law-daily. Either explicitly, intentionally and overtly, or covertly or in our hearts. Sometimes we may be even unaware that we are sinning, perhaps our sins are reactionary to a situation outside of our control, but however we do it, we sin, daily.Those sins have power just as Adam’s sin had power. They have power in our life. They cause death. We die because we sin- The wages of sin is death, romans 6.23. We with Adam stand condemned on the basis of our sins.
    Similarly, Jesus’s act of going to the cross also had power. Like Adam’s one act caused death to come to all, similarly Jesus’s one act of righteousness, HIs sacrifice at the cross, resulted in Justification and LIFE to all who believe-Life-That is eternal life-life without end-that is the abundant life. Jesus talked about in the gospel of John.
    And this was the plan from the before the beginning. As the Godhead-three in one-God the Father, God the son-Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit-Being of one mind and purpose set out before the foundation of the world the purpose to rescue us from sin.
    In our first reading Isiah the prophet describes Jesus’s specific role in securing for us eternal life. The prophet is talking about Jesus, and he describes Jesus’s work on the cross.
    Isaiah 53:10 NIV
    10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
    And then the prophet goes on
    Isaiah 53:11 NIV
    11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
    My righteous servant will justify many-Jesus’s righteous act of suffering, of being an offering for sin at the cross--results in our justification—he bears our iniquities.
    One act of sin resulted in condemnation and death, 1 righteous act resulted in justification, and life.
    The next verse romans 5.19, has our next comparison
    Romans 5:19 NIV
    19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
    Next comparison is that Disobedience of one man many were made sinners, obedience of one man many were made righteous.
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    Adam disobeyed God’s word as it was declared to Him, by God Himself. When we sin we disobey God’s word as it has been declared to us. We disobey God’s word as it is written in the Bible. God’s command declared to Adam was direct, God directly spoke to Adam. But are the commands any less direct to us?
    We have God’s written word the Bible. God’s word says what it says. We read it, and we are expected to obey what it says. It is plain in a sense. I know the prophecy portions, and stories about this king and that king can get confusing, I’m not saying it doesn’t. But the commands are pretty plain. Like do not commit adultery, or do not kill, or you should have no false God’s before me, or God loves a cheerful giver, these things are plain. If we don’t do them, it is because we disregard it, or haven’t lived up to our responsibility to KNOW what His word says.
    The truth is we do not want to obey. We do not want to obey because it is hard, or we don’t like it. We want our way so we don’t read it, or we change it or we disregard it. It was hard for Christ to die on the cross. Obeying God’s commands means we die to our own desires.
    Jesus, while doing exactly what the Father wanted, at all time, always, still did not always find obeying easy it was a battle for him also. In Hebrews 4:15 the writer of Hebrews says Jesus was tempted in every way as we are tempted, yet Jesus was without sin.
    In Luke we read this passage.
    Luke 22:39–40 NIV
    39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”
    A quick side note-Jesus is about to crucified, the soldiers are going to arrest Him and flog Him, and crucify him, and does he tell the disciples to pray that they won’t be arrested? Does he tell them to pray that they will be protected and safe? Does he tell them to pray that God will be with them, or that they will be blessed. No, what does he tell them to pray? Pray that you will not fall into temptation-Church pray that you will be able to avoid the power sin has over lives.
    and then Jesus says
    Luke 22:41–42 NIV
    41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
    Yet not my will…but yours be done. Jesus prayed that He would do the will of Father Jesus prayed that he would obey the Father. Jesus’s one act of obedience secured for us what our disobedience lost.
    This is why we read Philippians also this morning.
    Philippians 2:8 NIV
    8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
    Jesus was obedient to death death. which one of us has resisted sin to the point of death? Therefore through his obedience, he was able to secure righteousness for us.
    Comparison 2-Disobedience of one 1 man led to many made sinners-Obedience of one led to may being made righteous. Your obedience has power as well.
    As Jesus’s obedience secured our righteousness, our acts of obedience lead us closer to Christ. We identify with Him more and more, and become more and more like him.
    1 Peter 2:21 NIV
    21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
    The next comparison is found in the next verse, verse 20.
    Romans 5:20 NIV
    20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,
    The next comparison is between sin and grace. or between law and gospel, and it goes like this.
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    Without any laws the commands of God, are not as apparent. There is your conscience, that sense of right and wrong, as we learned earlier in Romans. God gives us that sense of right and wrong. For instance, we know it is wrong to kill, and steal, but our conscience is incomplete. It does not cover all the ways God expects us to obey. So God gave us the law.
    When God’s full commands become known people then just begin to follow them right? UH.....No. More knowledge of God, and more laws, unfortunately does not result in more obedience. People know which fireworks are illegal, yet the drive to Wisconsin, and still shoot them off all of June, all of July and even into August. Knowledge of the law doesn’t result in obedience to the law, it is a heart problem.
    Instead knowledge of the law resulted in more disobedience. People violated more laws now. Trespass and sin actually increased.There is something about not being able to do something that makes you want to do it more. Tell a child they cannot have a cookie, the first thing they want is a cookie. Sin increased.
    So why did God bring the law then if all it does is increase sin? God gave the law to show us our sin. God gave the law as a mirror to hold up to see we are sinful, and in turn showing us that we need Christ.
    Romans 3:20 NIV
    20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
    With sin increasing, and us becoming conscious of our sin, we see that we need the gospel. The gospel is now precious to us. Through the gospel the grace of God is being poured out over flowingly to us. That is life! Grace increases but not in a a one to one manner. 1 sin, more grace, another sin more grace. Instead God’s grace is an abundant provision, as Paul told us earlier in verse 17. And what Paul reminds his young friend Timothy in 1 Timothy
    1 Timothy 1:13–14 NIV
    13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
    Even though each of us was a sinner, and each one of us increased in our sin,To those who have faith in the gospel grace was poured out on you ABUNDANTLY, along with faith and love.
    Just as the disobedience of one led to many made sinners, so also the obedience of one led to many made righteous.
    And then Paul ends the chapter with this final comparison, in verse 21.
    Romans 5:21 NIV
    21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Just as sin reigned in death- Grace reigned in eternal life.
    Slide 4
    So, this word reigned, is twice in verse 21, it was also twice where we started in verse 17 as well “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!”
    Paul here is beginning to develop an idea that will become more important coming up in the upcoming chapters 6,7 and 8. And it is this idea of rule and authority. It the idea that whatever you submit to---that is your authority, or if you like your king. It is that which rules over your life, or your decisions. Whatever that is that you submit to, that is what reigns. You may not consciously think about it, but it is what is going on.
    For example, when you go on a diet you attempt to take authority over your health, body and desires. You are attempting to reign over your will. However, you are tempted by a delicious brownie sundae at the fair, and you are overtaken by the desire for that sundae. You have allowed your desire for that sweet to rule over your authority over your body. You have allowed that particular temptation to reign.
    Before we trusted in Jesus, your life was ruled by sin. Sin had authority in your life. Your desires were not for Christ. SO when you chose to do something, you did not consider what Christ would say. You did not ask what God’s word said. You did not desire to follow God’s word, and for Christ to have authority over your life, your finances, your decisions. Sin reigned. With sin is death,
    It is a bleak kingdom. It is filled with darkness and death. you actually fear death. There is lies and darkness, you are living in an oppressive regime. You may even try to obey God out of fear that something bad may happen to you if you don’t. That is that dominion that we all once lived in, or some still live in. That kingdom of sin and death. That is only for you know--How do you choose what you do? Does sin reign or does Jesus reign?
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    Romans 5:21 NIV
    21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Just as we are all familiar with that world and that realm, there is this other realm. The realm where grace reigns. Grace reigns through righteousness.
    What does that mean? In sin we gave over our authority. We gave into our temptation thus giving our own desires the authority in our life. Now, we have by faith trusted and given Jesus the authority in our lives. When we give authority over to Christ, his righteousness is imputed to us. He reigns, in our lives. We are righteous not by our own but by Jesus. God the Father pours out his grace to us. We now enter a different realm or a different kingdom. The kingdom of God, Jesus is now our king. We obey Christ, not because of fear of death, or fear that something bad will happen, but we obey Christ because he is our King.
    The oppressive regime is lifted. It is like life changes-It is like it goes from Black and White to color, Like the clouds go away. There is no fear of death in this kingdom where Grace Reigns! No fear pf death! Grace reigns in life, you are set free. Eternal life is now your outlook not death. The sin is replaced and overpowered and drowned out and washed away and cleansed.
    DO know this kingdom? Do you know life?
    Perhaps this seems like something you do not know. Maybe it seems odd to you to see people full of joy. Perhaps you have been living in oppression in the the realm of sin and death and you are so accustomed to it.
    I want to tell you today that you do not have to obey God out of fear. You can be free to obey God out of love. You can be free of the sin and kingdom of death that burdens you. You will be free, when you allow Jesus to be the authority, and when you allow grace to reign.
    It may not be easy, maybe you have spent your whole life in that other kingdom, I invite you right now to change the rest of your life here now today. TO let go of that striving for righteousness on your own. Jesus made you righteous when you place your faith in him.
    Trust in Christ, give Him your sin and allow grace to reign in your life, let the fear of sin and death leave you, let the shackles that are holding you fall to floor in Jesus name.
    Turn to Christ ask him prayer to be your Lord, tell him you no longer want to live this way. If you know that Jesus reigns in you life, and grace reigns, I invite you today, to enjoy this kingdom. Let your fears of the oppressive kingdom of sin go, and live in the kingdom where Grace reigns. Turn to your Bible and learn to love the king Grace reigns.
    In Jesus Name.
      • Romans 5:18–21ESV

      • Romans 5:17ESV

      • Romans 5:18ESV

      • Isaiah 53:10ESV

      • Isaiah 53:11ESV

      • Romans 5:19ESV

      • Luke 22:39–40ESV

      • Luke 22:41–42ESV

      • Philippians 2:8ESV

      • 1 Peter 2:21ESV

      • Romans 5:20ESV

      • Romans 3:20ESV

      • 1 Timothy 1:13–14ESV

      • Romans 5:21ESV

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