One of the privileges of my life has been to journey with church members and friends through their terminal illness into their death. They died as I will because that is what happens to us. We are in ADAM (it means man). Because we are human beings descended from the first genes of humanity we will all die. That’s an accepted fact.
But the privileges of my life that I refer to is seeing these church members and friends not die because they are in Adam but be made alive in Christ. They go through their death into Life because they are in Christ and were made new men and women, a new humanity.
The difference between dying in Adam and dying in Christ could not be more opposite.
This is the Gospel message. And when we are despairing of this life the most it is our greatest comfort.
The Apostle Paul is moving in his letter to expand more about the connections between the first ADAM/MAN and a second ADAM/MAN, Jesus Christ.
“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 v 18-21)
Adam committed a trespass by disobedience in the Garden.
Christ committed a righteous act by obedience (on the cross).
The result of Adam’s sin was that many were made sinners and were condemned.
The result of Christ’s righteous act is that many will be made righteous and be justified.
Why is this important to us?
When Adam/MAN disobeyed the law in the Garden that was every man taking that forbidden fruit. That was you. That was me.
BUT when Christ came as a man/ADAM and was placed on that cross that was also you and me. I have been crucified with Christ and raised 3 days later a new man in Christ.
This is the Gospel!