Daily Bread - June 25, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 25 June 2020 08:29
Romans 5:18-21 - So then, as through one's transgression condemnation was
to all men, so also through One's act of righteousness, the life that makes
righteous is to all men. For as by the disobedience of one man many were
made sinners, also then through the obedience of One shall many be made
righteous. But the law, in the meantime, entered in so that the
transgression may be abundant; but where sin was abundant, grace was
overabundant. So that just as sin reigned unto death, even so also, grace
reigns through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our

Many people wonder just how righteous has Jesus made us? The question may
be answered in one way by evaluating just how much of a sinner Adam's
disobedience made man. Then, once we recognize the real effect Adam's
disobedience had, we can appreciate the consequences of the obedience of
Jesus - which has even a greater effect (overabundant) for those who will
hear and obey. Fundamental to salvation is we believe in righteousness and
receive the gift of righteousness (Romans 10:10, 5:21; 2 Corinthians
5:17-21). If we reject this "so great of salvation", then we reject the
Word of God that produces the faith for the miracle of righteousness
(Hebrews 2:3). Paul further establishes the reality of the change brought
into our lives in the next chapter (Romans 6) by making known that, just as
we were the servants/slaves of sin, we are now the servants/slaves of
righteousness (Romans 6:17-19).

As Adam's disobedience opened up the flood gates of iniquity, the obedience
of Christ opened up the floodgates of righteousness, and brought an end to
the tyrannical reign of sin for all of those who are willing to obey. Men
may choose to continue on in their sins, but the fact remains: the
opportunity to come into this "so great of salvation" is extended to all
mankind. The redemptive blood of Jesus was poured out not for our sins
only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). When we choose
to accept the gift of righteousness provided for us, the Holy Spirit comes
into our lives to teach us how to live this life of righteousness.
Everyday, we must give ourselves to learning and growing in the knowledge
of God (2 Peter 1:3-11), as He instructs us and leads us in the path of
righteousness for His Namesake (Psalm 23).

Today, lets make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). Two ways are
set before us: the way of life, or death. We may choose the realm in which
Adam lead all humanity, or the realm into which Christ Jesus now leads. If
you are willing to follow, you may be absolutely certain that no matter
what happens, the Holy Spirit will always continue to lead and to guide. We
may all confidently say: Jesus is my Savior. The Holy Spirit is my Helper
and my Guide. The Almighty God is my Father, and so I say I will remain
here forever.
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