Romans 5:19 – For as by the disobedience of one man many were made sinners, also then through the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Many people wonder just how righteous has Jesus made us? The question may be answered by evaluating just how much of a sinner Adam’s disobedience made man. Then, once we recognize the real effect of Adam’s disobedience, we can appreciate the consequences of the obedience of Jesus – which has an even greater effect for those who will hear and obey. Fundamental to salvation is that we believe in righteousness and receive the gift of righteousness (Romans 10:10, 5:21; 2 Corinthians 5:17,21; 1 Corinthians 1:30). If we reject this so great of salvation, then we reject the Word of God that produces the faith for the miracle of righteousness. Paul further establishes the reality of the change brought into our lives in the next chapter of Romans by making known how just as we were the servants of sin, we are now the servants of righteousness (Romans 6:17-19).
As Adam’s disobedience opened up the flood gates of iniquity, the obedience of Christ opened up the flood gates of righteousness and brought an end of the tyrannical reign of sin for all of those who are willing to obey. Men may choose to continue on in their sins, but the fact remains: the opportunity to come into this so great of salvation is extended to all mankind. The redemptive blood of Jesus was poured out not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). In choosing to accept the gift of righteousness provided for us, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives to teach us how to live this life of righteousness. Everyday we must give ourselves to learning and growing in the knowledge of God as He instructs us and leads us in the path of righteousness for His namesake (John 14:15-26, 16:7-15; Psalms 23).
Today, let us make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). Two ways are set before us: the way of life, or the way death. We may choose the realm in which Adam lead all humanity, or the realm into which Christ Jesus now leads. If you are willing to follow, you may be absolutely certain no matter what happens the Holy Spirit will always continue to lead and to guide. We may all confidently say, “Jesus is my Savior, the Holy Spirit is my Helper and my Guide, and Almighty God is my Father – and so I say I will remain here forever.”
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen