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April 19, 2021 1:00 am
In the garden of Eden, an infection entered humanity. That infection has since spread to every one of us. The infection is sin, which means “missing the mark” of God’s standards, and we are unable to correct or repair this sinful state on our own. The book of Romans teaches us there are only two kinds of people in the world—those in Adam or those in Christ. Which are you?Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Horace Jesus in the garden of an infection entered the human race that infection. Since every last one of the infection is which means missing the mark of God's standards. Today, a short history of sin and what God did to save us from its penalty from the Moody Church in Chicago this morning to win with Dr. Erwin Sir was clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line, distributes, or is it true that any sin, big or small, is enough to condemn a person for eternity. First of all, Dave. I want to commend you for likening sin onto an infection that has afflicted the entire human race. You know people think that the coronavirus is the worst thing that could happen to us but actually it's sin and an answer to your question more specifically, yes, even one small infraction is enough to separate us from God because God demands perfect righteousness and we don't have any perfect righteousness.
Everything that you and I do is tainted but thankfully we're accepted before God. All because of what Jesus Christ has done for us and that's why like the book of Romans so much. You know the ministry of running to win continues in more than 20 different countries of the world and I'm holding a letter here from someone from Nigeria. I enjoy the messages on running to win through your program. I came to know that when I received Jesus Christ, I received a winner. Don't you like that. Yeah, that's right. When you receive Jesus Christ to receive a winner and my prayer is for God to help me and give me his grace and mercy so that I will run to win. In Jesus name want you to know that you today my friend, do you participate in testimonies like that ever considered becoming an endurance partner somebody who stands with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts. You want more information. Here's what you can do. Go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com. Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer you can call 1-888-218-9337.
Now let us open our Bibles and better understand God's answer to the virus of sin and of the Black death which is sometimes called the bubonic plague began in China in about 1834, and then it spread to India came to Russia and finally Europe. One out of four Europeans died 16 million people died and it was a terrible way to die. Your throat swelled up. You had black blotches all over, and eventually had a very high fever and a few days later you died 60 million people. But there is an epidemic of plague, if you please. That is far worse than that. That has come to the human race. There is a play that involves 5 billion people and they all have it and 5 billion people have this plague upon them and in their case in evitable. He in every instance is terminal.
Of course, I'm referring to the whole problem of sin, which has in acted the human race in the plague that it brings upon us, and today we're going to be looking at such things as Original Sin were going to be talking about sin and grace and at the end of this message. I hope that you are ready to sing amazing Grace in a way that you've not sung because will understand not only the doctrine of sin. But the doctrine of grace some people have said that Romans chapter 5 and that's the passage that I'm in today. Romans chapter 5 beginning at verse 12 and that's on page 942. If for some strange reason, you forgot to bring your Bible to church. Some people have said that this is one of the most difficult passages in the book of Romans.
It said general teaching is very clear even though there are some phrases that Paul uses that could give us some time and some time to think about and to give us some pause, but today were going to just hop into the deep end of the swimming pool want you to pay attention as you shut off your cell phones or pagers.
Your fax machines and all the other gadgets that we bring with us wherever we go. Today I let simply concentrate on what God has said, and in the process were going to receive blessed enlightenment. Romans chapter 5 and nine beginning at verse 12 therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sin, for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted. Where there is no law.
Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam was a type of the one who is to come. First of all let's get clear that Adam's sin is our sin. What happened in the garden was simply this.
Adam open the door and sin came into the world, you'll notice that Paul doesn't say that as a result of Adam's sin came into existence. He doesn't say that because sin was previously in existence because of Satan, but because of Adam's sin entered into the world. Adam open the door. Sin came in and then it's twin that always accompanies it. Also entered and that is death, and you have the universality of death in the human race that you might stabilize Adam blame for this.
Wasn't it Eve who participated and took of the fruit.
Yes, it was Eve. But remember, number one, she was supposed to be a helper to Adam and he was given ultimate responsibility for her and for the creation and number two it does say you know in first Timothy chapter 2 that he was genuinely deceived when the serpent came to her. She actually thought that the serpents revelation superseded the revelation of God.
Adam was not deceived, he ate knowingly it was a specific act of disobedience. Now what happened as a result of this sin is, of course you know the story.
Suddenly, there was blaming there was hiding.
Cain kills Abel and the whole dysfunctional family of the human race. All has its beginning right there. But in addition to that they died. God says in the day that you each of their robbing. You shall surely die. Now they died spiritually, immediately, they were cut off from God.
Imagine God coming to them and we don't know what form God came to them.
But the Scripture says that they walked with God in the cool of the day. Imagine that having a chat with God. But after they sinned, they were expelled from the garden fellowship with God was cut off. It would be eventually restored.
But they ended up spiritually dead. Now, in addition to that, physically, they began to die right away.
Now that took a little while they lived. A number of years number of years that we consider to be a large number of years, but the process of death, I'd be gone. It's relentless journey and adamant even died. Now you'll notice what the apostle Paul says is through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin for all sin.
In Greek the tense is what is known as an Aris.
That means that a point in time. All sin in Adam and them. You'll notice it goes on and it says the very same thing.
Verse 16 and the free gift is not like the result of one man sin for the judgment following one man's trespass brought condemnation over and over again. You can see the word one here through one man sin entered through one man death entered the human race and people die. The Black death did not increase the number of people who died they would have to die anyway.
What it did is it speeded up the process, but death is inevitable. As CS Lewis is fond apparently of saying this to statistics on death are very impressive.
It's one on one talk to my mother yesterday evening as I do every Saturday. I was amazed at how strong her voice is, but she's a longing for heaven and longing for death today. By the way, today is our 103rd birthday and so I assured her based on Romans chapter 5 that she would someday die even though she thinks that God has misplaced her address but eventually it would happen.
My mother is a very generous person but also yesterday I heard of a very wealthy person who died and was very very stingy with his money. What a way to go over that story of the man who is very wealthy and just love money and absolutely insisted that he be buried with all of it.
He made his wife promise over and over again that in the casket, he was to die with all of his money and eventually he died in as the casket was being closed. She took an envelope and she slipped it into the casket and her friends said are you going to keep your promise. You promised over and over again that you're gonna have all of his money buried with him and she said absolutely. I'm keeping my promise. She said in the envelope is a check for all of it. I really I think that was a very wise woman that when the apostle Paul goes on and this is one of those can sing verses that we won't spend a lot of time on he says in verse 14, yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even those who had whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, here's what's going on in the text. Paul is saying that Adam was given a very specific command.
Do not eat and then after that you do not have the law given negative revelations to Abraham and so forth. But the law came with Moses and it increased sin, because now people had more knowledge.
So what Paul is saying is death reigned even from Adam to Moses, even though they didn't have the 10 Commandments death still reigned.
Even though their sin was not as great as it would've been if they had had the 10 Commandments. Bottom line, what Paul is saying is the reason that people die is because they were in Adam when he sinned, and the Scripture says that in Adam all die, could I just digressed on a subject that Paul doesn't deal with here and that is infant salvation and the salvation of children. I'm thinking of this because yesterday on the news I heard a terrible tragedy that I will not relate to you except to say that a little four-year-old boy did not die of natural causes. He was put to death in a horrid way it so difficult for me to get my mind around that. I don't even like to think of what that little boy was thinking before he died so viciously. My only consolation is, I believe that he is in heaven today, beholding the face of his heavenly father.
But we have to ask ourselves the question, how can children be saved since they are born under condemnation also. That's why they die. Infants die because they are born under the condemnation of Adam sin and the word condemnation occurs, a number of times here.
Verse 16. Later on in another verse, verse 18 it talks about the condemnation that passes to all people.
Why are they saved the only explanation we can give is that God takes them out of Adam and puts them into Jesus Christ because they have not yet had an opportunity to be morally responsible and so God does that.
And we don't know when the age of accountability as people ask when is the age of accountability. The Bible doesn't speak to it and very wisely so, because after all, that age may vary from person to person their people who perhaps are mentally impaired and they never really attain to any kind of culpability or knowledge.
And so God will deal with each differently and we must leave it with him, but I've no doubt based on other scriptures that children who die go to the with the Lord even though they are born as sinners. Now I have to deal with the question that is in your mind should be in your mind. If you're following this in the question is this, is it really fair that we should be considered to be guilty for Adam's sin that we are born guilty, let me answer that question by reflecting a little bit we could look at it legally and say that yes there are times when let's suppose that you were born into a family with much debt. Well, you know, born into that family.
You would inherit that debt and you and I inherited Adam's debt. Let's look at it even biologically or medically. If we can put it that way when Adam was there in the garden eating we were all there. After all, if he and Eve had died before they chose stepchildren. There'd be no human race. I need in a sense potentially all of us were in Adam's are a great great great great great grandfather all the way back to that period of time and then let's look at it personally. Let's suppose that God said I'm going to give each person an individual opportunity to either believe or not believe or obey or not obey what happened then is almost all of us.
I'm sure would follow Adam and sin, because he is representative of the human race, but furthermore, there would be really no way for God to redeem all of us.
Jesus would have to die for us individually know what's happening in the fifth chapter of Romans is this Adam is a representative man who represented us there in the garden and Jesus is now the representative man who presents us in the new creation of redemption that God is bringing about and just like Adam. One person represented the human race in the very same way Jesus Christ one person can now represent all of us to get clear about it and I want you to follow me on this. The angels who fell who are demons today.
There is no possibility that they can be redeemed for a number of reasons, but the major one is this. They have no sacrifice for their sin and they fail individually. Angels do not have cousins and uncles and grandparents and so forth. They were individually created. They were not connected in a human family or a family of any kind. Therefore, in order for redemption to take place. There'd have to be a special sacrifice for this angel this angel. This angel, and we know by the way that Jesus it says in Hebrews did not take upon himself the form of an angel, when he died, but died as a man so he only died for humanity. But the point is this, that just as Adam is the head of one race. Jesus is the head of another we are condemned as Adam is our representative but follow carefully. Just as we get the blame for Adam's sin, we get the credit for Jesus Christ's righteous mediums now. Now you might be tempted to say that is not fair, but it's either not to fair or unfair anymore that we should be condemned for Adam sin as it is fair or unfair, that we should receive the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, as you frequently have heard me say from this platform.
Jesus got what he didn't deserve mainly our sin and we got what we didn't deserve mainly his gift of righteousness and a one man die for us all. As a rep presented to man because we are all connected together as human beings in the human family. So we are taken out of Adam and we are placed into Christ through faith. Now what Paul emphasizes in this passage, and it's important that you look at it is the fact that Jesus really does Adam. You'll notice the phrase that much more that takes place, for example verse for being just one man's transgression, as it brought trends Russians to all of us much more have the grace of God and the free gift of grace through that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. You'll notice in verse 17, death reigned through one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through one man, Jesus Christ, and Hilda want to say is all point out in a moment that Jesus trumps Adam Jesus trumps Adam my dear friend, this is Pastor Luther at the beginning of this program. We emphasize the fact that sin is like a virus that has inflicted the entire human race and the apostle Paul says that through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, because all have sinned and that's why we die, but the good news of the gospel is how Jesus Christ entered into our world that we might not be permanently diseased, so to speak. He came to rescue us and that's the message that running to win his proclaimed throughout all these many many years and I want to thank the many of you who have continued to pray for us to support this ministry. Some of you might want to think about becoming an endurance partner that someone who stands with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts. Of course you need more information. Here is what you do go to RTW offeror.com. Let me give that to you again RTW offeror.com. Click on the endurance partner, but that's where the information is or if you prefer to call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 let's get this message of Jesus Christ to the whole world time now for another chance for you to ask Pastor look certain. The question about the Bible or the Christian life gets tough to handle your past. Since you can't undo what you've already done. Carter is a running to win listener wants to know this. Pastor Luther, is there a better decision. We can make that God cannot forgive what Carter in a single word. The answer is no doubt this point.
Many people get confused because they know something about the unpardonable sin and there is an unpardonable sin. Jesus spoke about it, but I believe that the unpardonable sin is really a sin that the unconverted they are the ones who commit that sin.
I think in context. Jesus was speaking about the nation Israel that rejected him. And there comes a time in the nation's life as in an individual's life where they simply cross the line they pardon their heart. The Holy Spirit of God withdraws so from that standpoint there sin is unpardonable, but if you are listening today. Whether it is you or anyone else. Always remember this, that if you desire forgiveness that shows that the Holy Spirit of God is working in your life and if you desire forgiveness. Forgiveness is available. I find your question very interesting because this afternoon I'm going to be meeting with a young man who sold his soul to the devil and now he wants to take the bargain back so I'm going to walk them through counseling were going to find out what happened. Certainly he has gone into the devil's territory, even though I do believe he's a genuine Christian making a very terrible decision, but even there I will extend to him God's grace, but also God's power to break terrible decisions, even covenants with the evil one. There's always grace as long as you are alive. There is grace of forgiveness, cleansing and deliverance. Some wise counsel. As always, from Dr. Erwin Blitzer. Thank you Dr. lutes are if you'd like to hear one of your questions answered.
Go to our firstname.lastname@example.org and click on ask Pastor Luther work call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us have run into when 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 running to win is all about helping you find God's roadmap for your race of life. There is a way to recover from the damage done by Adam's transgression.
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