The Righteousness of Faith-Original sin pt1

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and DEATH by sin; and so DEATH passed upon all men, for that ALL HAVE  SINNED.” (Romans 5:12)  A lot of Christians believe that they are still sinners even after they invite Jesus into their heart and make him Lord over thier life. They usually use Romans 3:23 to justify themselves as sinners, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” but is this the meaning of the text? I believe Paul clarifies his statement in chapter 5 verse 12 by saying “death passed upon ALL MEN, for that ALL HAVE SINNED.” How did death pass upon all men? Through the original act of disobedience on Earth. Remember in the garden of Eden when the Lord told Adam that if  he ate from the” tree of knowledge of good and evil” that in that day he would surely die. While Adam did not  die physically that day, he certainly did die spiritually and thus this is how sin was brought on ALL. This is why we are all sinners. We inherited the sin nature from our father Adam.We didn’t have to commit a sin to become a sinner. We were born with the sin curse in our D.N.A.   However to call your self a “mere sinner”  after receiving salvation contradicts what the word of God says about the new believer; ” Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) . Behold signifies something worthy to observe with the eyes. The new creature that you are in Christ is something to “behold” and yet so many Christians view this as just a theological concept. You are a new creation my friend. One translation actually says a “new species that has never existed before.” Once you are made “new “you are  now the righteous of God or in right standingwith God.  A little further down in verse 21 of the same chapter Paul says “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that they we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  We often hear of God’s grace as being “unmerited favor” and I would agree, but what is the unmerited favor? The unmerited favor is Jesus of course and he is our grace. Look at verse 24 in the third Chapter of Romans “Being justified FREELY by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Again we were all born with the “sin curse” and I’m sure that many people view this as unfair. After all, we didn’t do anything to earn the sin curse. We didn’t personally sin, Adam did. While we may have had nothing to do with the first Adam bringing a curse on us, we can make a decision today about the “last Adam” Jesus. Jesus is humanity’s second chance to get it right. Actually 1 Corinthians 15:45 calls Him (Jesus)  the” last Adam”. Sin did enter through the first Adam but grace entered through the last Adam. “So where sin did abound, grace(Jesus) did more abound.”  To indentify your self as a mere “sinner doesn’t allow God’s grace to abound in your life. Never forget that you are a “New Creation” living  by grace (Jesus). This type of mind set will allow you to cultivate a relationship with God without having a sin conscience. Many of  us attempt to earn our right standing with God by our works and the Bible calls our works of righteousness outside of grace (Jesus) “filthy rags.” You can never be good enough to come to the Father, you are a sinner, and because you are sinner you need Jesus to justify you before Father God. Justify means “just-as-if” you had never done anything. One preacher said that God tears up his i.o.u’s when we accept Jesus, the last Adam. You are the righteousness of God because Jesus justified you. We must align our thinking with the Word of God and what Jesus has to say about us and accept nothing less for our life. We all still need grace (Jesus) every day. However, this doesn’t  mean that we are still sinners. Jesus died so that we could live by a “GRACE CONSCIENCE” and not a “SIN CONSCIENCE”.

Peace, Julian James

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2 Responses to “The Righteousness of Faith-Original sin pt1”

  1. Kevin Boone Says:

    Good article Julian. I needed that. I like the IOU deal. Grace

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