#404 - THE ONE MAN - (29/7/21)
During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
‘Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 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)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
All mankind descended from ’the one man' Adam have also become sinners by His ‘one’ act of rebellion - eating from the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’. So, also, all who are in the ‘one man’ Jesus - through faith - receive the benefits of His ‘one righteous act’ in going to the cross for us. We do nothing! When we simply receive the ‘one man’ and His ‘one righteous act’ and we are ‘made righteous’ and receive ‘justification and life’.
God is holy and judges sin. All of us have sinned and He has to deal with us according to our sin. God loves this fallen world and so, in wisdom, devised this plan of the gospel whereby we can be justified of our sin.
The church is to be a community that understands and praises God for salvation. She is to be confident in the ‘one man’ and His ‘one act’ for their complete salvation.
We are also to live righteously. God says ‘the many will be made righteous’. This is both a gift and a lifestyle. We are completely righteous in Christ. Also, the power of the Spirit is at work in us to make us more like Jesus.
Everyone outside of Christ are in Adam; they are condemned because of his and their own sin. They need to be transferred into Christ through faith. They need to receive the ‘one man’ and His ‘one act’ for them.
This text contains a great promise that ‘many will be made righteous’. God is at work to save. This should inspire faith.
“Father, please help me to share about the one way of salvation, through the one man, by the His one act of the cross.”