Monday, March 16, 2009

One + One = You

Romans 5:17 "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."

One man got us into trouble...the first Adam. Only one man could get us out of trouble...the last Adam. Satan attacked both but only the last Adam could conquer him.

In the first Adam we all died. In the last Adam we were made alive. One man was a sinner and one man was the Savior. Because of the first we are all sinners...but because of the last we can be saints.

One sinner plus one Savior equals a child of God. One sinner plus church membership does not equal that. One sinner plus baptism does not equal that. Just as only one added to one equals two...only one sinner plus one Savior can equal a child of God. He is the missing element in a sinner's life.. Where sin distorted our past...the grace of God settled our present and our future.

Christ does for us what we CANNOT do for ourselves. We cannot make ourselves righteous. Isaiah 64:6a "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;..." Christ is the only One Who can.

In Genesis chapter 3 sin abounded in the family. It took a blood sacrifice to cover them in their sin and it took the ultimate and final blood sacrifice of the precious Lamb of God to cover the sins of all mankind.

In Genesis chapter 6 sin abounded in the flood. In Numbers chapter 21 sin abounded in the fiery serpents. Sin also abounded in the final assault that was given on Calvary. But Christ conquered forever that enemy of the assault.

Just as the first Adam stepped down to his bride to be condemned with her and stayed down....Jesus stepped down from Heaven to identify with us and raised us up.

One sin PLUS one Savior = You!!!


Lisa said...

Sis Julie
This is a wonderfu post.I just thank God that he watches over us and provides for our every need.
Love you. Lisa

Leah said...

The math really is so simple isn't it? :) We will be singing at your church on April 6th. Lord willing, I'll be there. I bet things are really going to pick up at the garden store. Next time I go to Costco I should come by. I've heard it's a great store.

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Lisa....He does!! And I'm so thankful too!!

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Leah....I knew y'alls choir was singing at our church one of those two nights but I didn't know if you were in the choir. I'm looking forward to that meeting!! Your pastor is going to be preaching too!! See you then!!

If you go to Costco be sure to let me know when you are going to come by Garden Ridge...I don't work every day and I only work a few hours the days I work. I'd love to see you though!! It is an awesome store too!!!

Mary said...

Very good post, Julie! As I was reading, this verse came to mind, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Romans 5:20
Thank God for his goodness to poor sinners like us...

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Mary...Amen!!! You are so right!! In fact...these are my notes from the message my pastor preached and he referred to that verse a lot during his message. So how neat that it would come to your mind as well. Praise the Lord!!


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