Reflection on Rom 5:15Post date: 2018-07-28
Reflection on Rom 5:15
This Word of life points out again the relation to Adam, through whom sin entered human nature, and it points out our relation to Christ, through whom we have been justified by grace. The preceding verse 12 reads, “Through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” This verse says that through one man, Adam, we inherited sin and through sin death. Death spread to all of us, because we all sinned. Little children cannot sin consciously; however, they are bearers of an inherited programme, and on the nearest occasion they begin to sin.
Verse 17 explains, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
For two weeks we are going to recite verse 15, which says, “But the free gift is not like the offense. By the one man’s offense many died.” For example, we know that if someone practises occultism, the curse for this offence is passed on through three to four generations. Naturally, its manifestation is not the same with all the offspring. For example, when the father is a chronic alcoholic, his children, mostly boys, are strongly predisposed to alcoholism. Of course, if they become conscious of the sins of their parents and pray with perseverance for the grace of God, they can overcome these consequences and are not affected by them.
As for original sin, because Adam did not obey God’s prohibition, he laid himself and all mankind open to the influence of sin. We all inherit this spiritual genetic code – the source of evil and lies; however, it does not mean that we all will fall into eternal death. God showed His mercy and gave us a Saviour. God has given us more than Adam had spoiled. But we need to receive Christ by faith, and with the help of God’s grace to renew our union with Him again and again through repentance and keep God’s commandments. We then become heirs of God’s kingdom, children of God, and eternal life awaits us after death.
St Augustine exclaims: “O happy fault which gained for us so great a Redeemer!” God Himself assumes our human nature and dies on the cross for every one of us to open for us the door to eternal life. And our eternal life is in our innermost unity with God, because Jesus took on our human nature rather than the nature of angels, and He thus put our nature higher than the dignity of angels. But the condition is to receive Jesus, to follow Him and to remain faithful to Him until death.
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