Grace brings power over sin!
Scripture reading for June 19th: Romans 5
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) God, our Father, is a giver of life and righteousness! As a ‘sinner,’ man could do no works that would bring him right standing with God. Sin brought death to all men–the original promise to Adam as the penalty for disobedience of God’s command. God knew what man needed and through His love gave a gift that was most precious–His only Son!
Not only that, but His Son would come and die for the sins that mankind had committed and pay the penalty for sin in His death. He was then raised from the dead to live forever as the Lord Jesus Christ! “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!” (Romans 5:9-10)
So through Adam, sin entered the world and death came to all Adam’s offspring. It came, because all of them subsequently personally committed sin (disobedience) against the known will of God, either by His law or through conscience. Death reigned through sin and held men in its grip.
But God sent His Son, the man Jesus Christ, as a gift to sinful mankind! Jesus, unlike Adam, obeyed His Father God, completely and died to bring justification to those who would believe on Him. Through the Gift of the Father, grace was made available to sinners to save them from death and give them eternal life! The power of sin and death was forever broken by faith in Christ Jesus!