The purpose of Jesus’ coming was so we could be close friends with God. Sounds crazy, huh?
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good,
and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
In Romans 5:12-21, Paul takes the idea of Jesus as our Representative and fills it out,
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 sinned— 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man [Adam], much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
We see how Paul connects Adam with Jesus, both as representatives of humankind. He goes on to explain,
18 Therefore, as one trespass [eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness [dying for us on the cross] leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass [make it obvious], but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might [now] reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
There is a key verse with which we will deal more significantly later, but I want to mention right now, because it sums up what God was doing with Adam and Jesus,
32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
The deed is done! As the psalmist said in Psalm 22:31, “He has done it.” Death has been defeated, sin has been taken away, and life is offered to all who will receive it. Salvation doesn’t get any plainer–and sweeter–than that!
One might think that because our sins are forgiven that we can continue in sin with impunity. Not So! Why would we want to? Sin destroys us! It’s the very thing that we realize when coming to Christ. We will deal with this subject tomorrow. Today, we rejoice in our plain and sweet salvation!
Abba, thank you for such a simple, but profound, salvation. You have done all the work! All we have to do is believe and entrust our lives to you. It floors me that you want a relationship with us; the God of the universe wants us as his friend! WOW!!! You are interested in being in our lives. May I run every decision by you, Abba. Amen.