For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19
What a powerful verse. Through Adam’s (and Eve’s) disobedience we were all made sinners, but it was through just one man (Jesus) we were made righteous once again. To consider the magnitude of this overwhelms me. One man created by God began the sin and one man, the Son of God, covered all our sin. This makes me sit in awe of our Lord and Savior once again. The reminder of how with just a breath or just one man our Creator can shape the Heavens and the Earth.
Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25
We may not see Him, but we do see what He has done and continues to do for each of us when we seek Him. Consider the scripture above, although we don’t see God with our eyes, we can have faith in knowing our salvation is secure because of this one man (Jesus). Understanding this provides more hope than anything else available to us.
On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:8-9
Jesus, this one man, is the key to it all. Our salvation and eternal life are wrapped up in the faith and hope we have in Him. God created Adam from dust by speaking him into existence. Adam in turn acted with disobedience that made all mankind sinners, but in His love and grace God send one man to die so our hope could hold in Him. Just one! Just one man, just one word, just one action, just one thought . . . can lead to destruction or to creation. It leads me to consider what words, actions and thoughts I will choose this week?