By Peter Rahme
The Bible says: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22)
(This 3-part article is an in-depth compilation of scriptural thoughts and salvation verses (KJV/AMP) which tells our redemption story in an orderly format.). In part 1 we saw how In Adam all die. Today in part 2, we continue with…
In Christ shall all be made alive
But the goodness and kindness of God our Savior and His love for us – His creation – appeared in human form as the Man, Jesus Christ, in which God clearly showed and proved His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice to atone for our sins and to save and sanctify us. He yielded Himself up to rescue and delivers us from this present wicked age, the power of darkness and the wrath to come, in accordance with the will, purpose and plan of our God.
Adam brought destruction but Christ brought salvation.
So then as through one man’s trespass – Adam’s sin -, there resulted condemnation for all men, even so through one Man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men. For just as by one man’s disobedience the many were made and constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be made and constituted righteous and acceptable to God and brought into right standing with Him.
That if we acknowledge and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord – recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God, and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved. In another words, if we accept the fact that we have sinned against God, believe the Gospel and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save us, His BLOOD will instantaneously, completely and forever cleanse us from ALL SIN!
After that we heard the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation, and received the word of God, not as the word of men, but as it is in truth – the word of God – we were convinced by the Holy Spirit and convicted of our guilt of sin, personal unrighteousness and certainty of judgment. As we repented and believed the Gospel, we trusted in and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved.
Jesus saved us and gave us a brand-new life, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, (since they are all as filthy rags), but according to and by His boundless mercy – a mercy that endures forever-.
For it is by free grace – God’s remarkable compassion and unmerited favor drawing us to Christ that we have been saved and actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life, through our faith. And this salvation is not of our own doing nor came through our own striving, but it is the undeserved, gracious gift of God; not as a result of our works, nor our attempts to keep the Law or fulfill its demands, so that no one will boast, pride himself, or take credit in any way for his salvation.
The free gift of God is not like Adam’s offense, because the gift of grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man. For if many died through one man’s offense – Adam’s sin -, much more abundantly and profusely did God’s grace and the free gift that comes through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for the benefit of many.
And as many as did receive and welcome Jesus, He gave them the right, the authority and the privilege to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in, adhere to and rely on His name, who were born anew from above, not of natural conception, nor of the will of physical impulse, nor of the will of that of a natural father, but of God, that is, a divine supernatural birth, spiritually transformed, renewed and sanctified.
Now that we have been born again, spiritually transformed and set apart for His purpose, not of mortal seed which is perishable, but from that which is imperishable and immortal, that is, through the living and everlasting word of God, we have been given an ever-living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, in whom we have obtained an inheritance that is death proof, sin proof and time proof.
And because we are in Christ Jesus, He raised us up together with Him when we believed, and made us sit down together, giving us joint seating with Him in the heavenly places.
(To Be Continued…)
With the Love of Christ
Pastor – Inner West Baptist Church
Scriptures in book order – Genesis 1: 26; 2:7, 16-17; 3:6 &17;
Isaiah 64:6; Mark 1:15b; John 1:12; 3:16-18; Acts 4:12; 17:30;
26:18; Romans. 2:1-6;3: 11,12; 5:8-10,12,14-15, 18-19; 6:18;
10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6;11; 15:22; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1;13;
2:1-3, 6; 8-9; 4:22; ; Colossians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 1;10; 2:13;
Titus 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:4,18-19; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 1: 5-6