Adam vs Jesus (Romans 5:12-21) *Verses in NKJV, except for one in NLT*
– Genesis 2:15-16, Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
– Genesis 3:6, So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
– God was walking through the garden and asked Adam what happened. Adam blamed the woman, the woman blamed the snake… But who did God give the command to in the first place!? (Adam)
– This is the original sin. When death entered the world. “Everything is all Adam’s fault!”
– It’s easy for us to throw Adam under the bus for this. Consider his actions…
– Adam violated all of the “manhood principles” with a cascading effect! (Sin leads to more sin!)
– *POP QUIZ*, men:
– What are the manhood principles as defined by God? (RAL-E)
(Reject passivity, Accept responsibility, Lead courageously, Expect the greater reward)
– What are a man’s responsibilities? (A Work to do, a Will to obey, a Woman to love)
– Adam first stood passively by while the serpent deceived his wife and got her to do the one thing God told Adam shouldn’t be done.
– Adam then hid from God in the bushes like a coward, and when God called him out, he failed to accept responsibility and instead blamed it all on his wife.
– He chose the immediate perceived pleasure of the apple, foregoing the great reward God had planned for them in the Garden, thus condemning all of mankind to toil, struggle, and death.
– It is easy to say it was Adam’s fault, and want to blame someone else for our sins. IRONICALLY, that would cause us to do the very thing we are condemning him for; not taking responsibility.
– Consider your own actions! Being passive in your life, blaming your spouse, instant gratification…
– Sin entered the world through Adam, but WE are accountable for our own sins! If you don’t accept and recognize our yown sin, you can never truly accept or understand your need for a Savior.
– Romans 12:3, For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
– The reality is, that if you were Adam or Eve, you would have eventually done the same thing. And if you don’t believe that, then you still have unrecognized sin in your heart that needs to be dealt with.
– Our only hope is Jesus. Through one man sin entered the world. Through one man sin is defeated!
* Read Romans 5:12-21 *
1. Adam vs Jesus. (Flesh vs Spirit)
(This is all setting up the difference between where we stand, with Christ, or without Christ.)
– The bible describes these two men in terms of the 1st Adam, and the 2nd Adam or “last Adam”.
– “Adam” is both the name of the original man, and also the Hebrew word for “human” or “mankind”.
– 1 Cor. 15:45-47, And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
– Let’s compare and contrast these two:
– Adam: The first man, father of our flesh. This is our natural “first born” state of existence.
– Pure biology (Food, Sex, Energy conservation). Our entire culture is focused on these things! (Advertising, sit-coms, technology, Amazon, even our ideas about relationships… self-serving)
– “Romans 7” Man, “Nothing good lives in me… I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway… I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”
– Jesus: 100% Man! 100% God, Father of our Spirit. He never sinned.
– This is our example of “born again” life in the spirit. Salvation through faith by grace. The Holy Spirit dwelling in us. The power over sin and death.
– Romans 8:1-2, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
– Adam neglected ALL of his responsibilities!
– He failed in his “work to do” and God’s “will to obey” by allowing the corruption in the garden and eating the forbidden fruit.
– He failed “the woman to love” by not protecting her from the serpent, and then blaming her for everything that happened.
– Jesus fulfilled all of his responsibilities.
– His “work to do”? Luke 19:10, The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
– What can you do? God has given you gifts and abilities and has called you to serve his kingdom. Get to work!
– His “will to obey”? John 4:34, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me to accomplish His work.”
– What can you do? Be obedient to the word of God, and take responsibility for your choices.
– His “woman to love”? Eph. 5, “…Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”
– What can you do? If you have a wife, give your life for her. If you want a wife, pray for her right now. Or, You can love your church, protect widows and children, stand in the gap against sexual sin.
– To understand the difference is to understand your own depravity, and your need for a savior.
– Women, as you know from the women’s events and retreats, you are not off the hook on any of this! You have a calling, and responsibilities, and work to do!
– You cannot fulfill any of your responsibilities as a human without the Holy Spirit inside of you!
– John 15:5, (Jesus said) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
– Luke 18:27, (Jesus said) “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
– Both Adam and Jesus committed a single act whose influence extends to all the people that they represent. The juxtaposition of those two decisions creates the foundation for the Gospel.
2. Death vs Life.
– Romans 5:17, 17 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.
– Adam brought death: Adam’s sin was an offense to God and condemned mankind to death. OUR sin is also an offense to God, and the wages of sin is death! (We have earned it!)
– Jesus brings life: Because of God’s grace through Jesus Christ, we can have life everlasting in him.
– 1 Cor. 15:20-22, But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
– Without hearing the message of the gospel, do dead people even know they are dead?
– Example: I like Zombies, and zombie movies. It isn’t the gore; they make an excellent metaphor. There are a couple of key concepts that come out of the best zombie movies:
– They aren’t villains, they are victims. We should have concern and compassion for them.
– They aren’t the “enemy”, they are our friends and loved ones, who need help and a cure.
– They don’t understand the harm they are causing, because they don’t know they are dead. It’s just their nature. They have lost their humanity. Hurting people hurt people.
– The metaphor for me is the “saved” verses the “unsaved”. Spiritually dead people vs alive people.
– We’re quick to assign motives and point the finger of blame, but weren’t we all once like them too?
– Romans 5:8-11, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
– While you were still a “glassy-eyed, flesh-eating zombie” Christ died to bring you life!
– You should humbly remember what you have been saved from, before condemning the dead man sitting next to you. It would be arrogance to believe you are alive on your own accord.
– Eph 2:11-13, Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh… 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
3. Disobedience vs Obedience. (This is application time!)
– Romans 5:19, For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
– Now is the time to stop blaming Adam, or anyone else, for your own disobedience and sinful acts.
– You have God’s word, and you know the truth. Stop being passive!
– You just got “red-pilled”, now you have a responsibility to act on what you have been given.
– Matthew 25:29 (NLT), To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
– Salvation has come through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the only way to heaven.
– Eph. 2:4-5, & 8, But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ… 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
– Salvation comes by grace alone, though faith alone, in Christ alone.
– You may have been born into a legacy of sin and death, But Jesus has come, and through him you can have eternal life!
– Acts 2:37-39, Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the (forgiveness) of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
– Repent, and give your life to Christ today! – prayer –
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