Thursday Morning: 21 Mar 2019 – Romans 5:12-21 ~ God’s wonderful grace rules

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 5:12-21 (NLT)

Adam and Christ Contrasted

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Morning Reflection:

“Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone,
but Christ’s one act of righteousness
brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners.
But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.”

– Romans 5:18-19

The contrast between Adam and Christ is a contrast between condemnation and grace – Adam brought sin, guilt. and death; Jesus brought forgiveness, grace and life.

Let’s look at that a little closer at condemnation and grace –

+ condemnation originates in sin
+ grace originates in the righteousness of Christ

+ condemnation is distinguished by disobedience
+ grace is distinguished by the obedience of faith

+ the law exposes sin, and increases condemnation
+ grace removes both yet magnifies the law

+ condemnation brings death now and forever
+ grace confers a new life on earth and a glorious and wonderful life in the world to come

Questions for consideration:

  • As you think about the activities and involvements of your daily life, what drives you, guilt or grace? Please explain.
  • How do you think the sin and condemnation of Adam affects your daily decisions, your lifestyle? Please explain.
  • How do you think the righteousness and grace of Christ affects your daily decisions, your lifestyle? Please explain.
  • What does it mean to you: “God’s wonderful grace rules… giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Gracious God: Fill me with joy in the Holy Spirit that I might live every day under the banner of your mercy and grace through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant me a dimension of freedom that I have never known before – the freedom of your wonderful grace ruling in my life, making me your friend, and assuring me of a home with you forever. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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“Grace Got You” – MercyMe

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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