Monday, October 23, 2006

Two Doors, One Choice (Romans № 14)

What if you had a choice to enter one of two doors? The left door represents "In Adam" and the right door represents "In Christ". Which one would you choose?

This is the decision that people must make today--are they going to continue part of the old humanity in Adam or are they going to choose to become part of a newly created humanity in Christ?

Weigh Paul's words as he draws a lengthy comparative contrast between Adam and Jesus:
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 5.15-21 ESV)
In Adam
One sin of disobedience led to the damnation of all mankind.
One sin of disobedience led to the reign of sin εν death.

In Christ
One righteous act (his atoning death at Calvary) leads to the justification of those who accept him.
One righteous act leads to the reign of grace διά righteousness → eternal life.

Because Adam, as Federal Head and Representative of mankind, chose to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he expelled mankind from Eden--Paradise Lost. Because Christ, the Second Adam, as Federal Head and Representative of a new humanity, died on a tree, he offers those of the Old Order to enter into the New--Paradise Restored.

Now, those who aren't Christians already are in the left door. However, they can, aided by grace, choose the right door.

Which door have you chosen? To refuse to choose keeps you "In Adam", the left door. Please, choose "In Christ", the right door.

It's up to you.