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. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace 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 5:18-21

Here We Go

I'm going to start off by explaining some of what Paul is actually saying in this passage. This part won't be the most applicable to your current life, but please don't skip it because it will be the part that most helps you understand what the Bible is talking about! 

Don't Skip This Part

Adam was disobedient to God by eating from the tree God told him not to eat from. This act of disobedience was what allowed sin to enter the world and affect you and me today. But Jesus came into the world and died to rid mankind from the power of sin, so this one act of obedience is what counteracted what Adam did by bringing sin into the world.

The law, which was a detailed list of things the Jews must follow in order to be clean, was given because mankind did not realize the things they were doing that were sin. For example, if I were to lie to my friend, the truth is that that would cause damage to the way I think and connect with people, but until someone tells me, I would likely continue to lie having no knowledge that I was causing myself damage. Therefore, at that time, the law was a blessing because they became aware of the things causing them damage that they could now try to abstain from.

Why Did God Do That?

Okay, we made it. (If you skipped that part, go back and read it. God's watching. Kidding, but really go read it). You might be asking yourself the questions I begin asking during this point in scripture: Why did God let all of this happen? Why did sin have to come into the world? So was Jesus a back-up plan since sin came in? One the things God has taught me is that the purpose of the gospel is to save us from our sins and so that we would get to know who He really is.

We Want God to Be God

If I'm being honest, it wasn't until very recently that I began to grasp the significance of the Gospel. Some of what God has shown me is that part of His character is to be fully just and righteous and holy. I typically wanted to stay away from these characteristics of God because I thought they would be scary, but God showed me that as a perfect Father who takes cares of me, I would want Him to be just. I wouldn't want sin to go unpunished and in order to worship Him, I would want Him to be holy and righteous. I wouldn't want God to be less to make me feel better. This is why the gospel is amazing, because God maintains His character of being just by punishing all sin, while also maintaining His character of being a good Father by sacrificing Himself instead of us. 

Pray

Lord, I pray that you'll make me more aware of the truth of your gospel. I pray that you'll show me the power of your resurrection. Show me who you really are. I want to know you even though I'm not sure how. I surrender all striving to know you and I just ask you to come and show me who you are.

- Michele Houston