Adam's Lie vs. Christ's Truth, Part IV

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The infinite worth of Christ is of such sufficiency that when He became our sin and was crushed by Yahweh, His sacrifice was deemed acceptable (Galatians 3:13, cf. Isaiah 53). Those who are in Christ are thus saved from the coming wrath. Those who turn from Adam’s lie about God to the Christ’s truth are saved. Those who go from being in Adam to being in Christ are declared to be righteous and escape eternal wrath. Wrath will not be exacted twice. The omnipotent wrath of God was placed on Christ for those who flee to Him, and it will be poured out in hell on all those who remain in the lie about God. Thus, Paul says, “…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (Romans 5:8,9).

Adam failed in his charge and led a people to death because of his lie, but Christ will bring “many sons to glory,” delivering “those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” (Hebrews 2:9,15). Those things which were to be true for man, as disclosed by the Psalmist and quoted by the writer to the Hebrews, namely:
“Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet…” (Psalm 8:5,6, cf. Hebrews 2:7,8)

are not true for those in Adam. However, they are true for Christ, and therefore, for all who are in Him, i.e. “His brethren.”

Paul summarizes this concept of Adam’s sin and Christ’s righteousness and their representative headship over mankind to explain the deep truth of justification:

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 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. For 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.” (Romans 5:12-21)