Thursday, February 7, 2013

2013 February 7 - Morning Manna

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 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: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:1-21)

Today's Morsel:  Paul here doesn't focus on Eve as the sinner, but he focuses on Adam as the reason that sin entered the world.  Why didn't he say by one woman's sin? Eve was the first to be deceived by the devil. But his focus is on Adam, because Adam was responsible for what took place in the garden. God didn't give Eve the instructions, He gave them to Adam. God told Adam that he was to tend the garden. Adam was given dominion over everything in the garden.  I'm sure Adam had to know what the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil looked like as it was in the midst of the garden.  You can't work a garden and not know what the fruit is and what it looks like.  Didn't Jesus tell us that we would even know false prophets by their fruit.  When you can't discern good from evil, Houston, we've got a problem.  So instead of scolding Eve for taking the fruit, Adam partook of it with her. This is how sin enter homes.  Many know what is right, but they chose to disobey.  They say, let's just try it and see.  Sin always looks good until we try it and then we realize just how naked we really are.

Sing:  To be like Jesus! To be like Jesus! On earth I long to be like Him, all through life's journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.

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