Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned -

To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

But the gift is not like the trepass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 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!

- Romans 5:12-17

The Lord Will Redeem

Nothing will stop God from restoring and redeeming humanity; not even His own people. Through Adam and Eve's disobedience, sin entered into the heart of man and corrupted what God had made pure. Their betrayal separated them from God and from life. Thankfully, God did not let this remain the ending. "For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but God's free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins" (v.16 NLT). Jesus was God's free gift to mankind. In Jesus humanity finds its redemption, and those who have faith in Him find their restoration.

Nothing Can Separate Us Any Longer

This is our invitation into life and freedom in Christ. By the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, sin has no power to separate us from our Father. If our God can show grace, mercy and forgiveness to the sin of Adam, then He can certainly do the same to anything in your life. "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22-23). Everyday He will meet you with this grace, mercy and forgiveness. Not only do we find eternal life in Jesus, but we find life in the everyday.

God Loves You In This Very Moment

Is there anything in your life you that keeps you from believing you have the life and love of Jesus? What is it? Is there current or past sin you have not forgiven yourself for? Through this passage in Romans 5, we see a God who will stop at nothing to give life to His creation. This is the same God who loves you right now, and right where you are. Come to Him confidently today, knowing what you will receive from Him is good and perfect. He has forgiveness, mercy and grace for you in every moment of every day.

Pray

Jesus, Thank you for overcoming sin. Thank you for overcoming Adam's betrayal. Thank you that I have eternal life in you and that I have life today in you. Would you build in me a confidence to come to you in any situation? Would you show me your forgiveness, your grace and your mercy?

- John Meyne