Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Because of One Man

Romans 5:16-19

When I was in the fourth grade, I had a teacher that believed if the whole class had to suffer because of one person's actions, that person would succumb to peer pressure and never behave that way again.  I understand the thought behind the theory, but it seemed terribly unfair to the rest of the class that was obedient.  This was back in the day when ADHD wasn't a diagnosis given to children, and so there was little help for the child with ADHD.  Poor Sean didn't have a chance, and the whole class was constantly saying, "Thanks, Sean," when we once again, missed our recess.  Every now and then, we Christians joke and say, "Thanks Adam and Eve," when we are dealing with a consequence of sin.  The reality is that we failed just as much as they did, if not even more.  Either way, one man brought sin; however, one man brought salvation.  Please look up Romans 5:16-19.

I am continuing to look at what Paul may have meant by "righteousness" since he wrote Ephesians, where we find the Armor of God.  A pastor I work with at the church had no idea the other day that he was helping me with my blog.  We were in a conversation and he brought up the differences between studying Greek and Hebrew.  I consider him an expert since he used to teach those two languages at a Bible college.  He was explaining to me how in the Greek language (which was used for the New Testament), the word that is translated into righteousness could be looked at as being made right with God.  In the Hebrew (Old Testament) it is referring to God's holiness and justice.  I see how that makes so much sense in this section of scripture.  Paul writes, "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."

Our whole lives are different because of one man's actions.  Because Christ Himself was righteous and He chose to take our place on the cross, we have a right relationship with God.  That is so important!  How does that work as part of our armor?  I think it is because we do not have to listen to the lies of the enemy that condemn us.  When we believe in the life saving power of Christ's "one act of righteousness," we are made whole and clean; the enemy's condemnation has no power over us any longer.  We are forgiven.  Condemnation attacks our hearts to the core and destroys our hopes and dreams; however, knowing that we have a right relationship with God brings the hope of our salvation.

Are you putting on the body armor of righteousness so you can combat the lies of condemnation?

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