“Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 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.” Romans 5:18-19 NIV
In the same way that one man, Adam, sinned and caused all men to spiritually (and physically) die, one man, Jesus Christ, was righteous, which saved all men, and caused them to spiritually come alive. Christ did a complete reverse and through Himself, made us holy, though we were once slaves to sin. One man was disobediant to God and caused everyone to fall, and one man’s obedience to God makes all righteous and okay in God’s sight.
“The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, graced increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21 NIV
God created many rules for men, which were impossible for men to follow, due to our sinful nature. But because we were not righteous enough or perfect enough to follow the law, sins increased because we did not obey God’s law. However, when our sins increased, God’s grace incrased much, much, more, so we could be made holy despite all our sin. Though we were spiritually dead and sin was prominent in us, through God’s grace, we are made righteous and are forgiven by God, and we are given eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It’s so fun reflecting on what the bible means! Questions? Then feel free to comment! =P On another note, I have about 30 pages of the bible left to go. Awhile ago, I said I had 100, but I’ve been trying to slice through the bible, learn a ton of stuff, grow spiritually, and finish this up. 🙂 It will feel like such an accomplishment! Nothing better than that. Have an amazing day.