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One for All and All for One

Understanding the principle of how one man's sin could affect everyone for generations to come is hard for us. But I have good news for you.

"Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life. Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight" ( Romans 5: 18-19 NLT).

Adam sinned and his ONE sin affected ALL those who would come after him. Thus, we have the first part of our title, One for All.

The sin nature, something we cannot see, smell, hear, feel, or touch, was born into the lives of every child. Sin is not acceptable in God's eyes. Romans 3:23 says, "For ALL have sinned: ALL fall short of God's glorious standard."

This sounds like a terrible sentence to place on innocent people, but that is what sin did. It attached itself around the heart and spirit of mankind like a deadly cancer. It sounds like there is no hope for us, but there is good news.

The second part of our two verses says, "but Christ's ONE act of righteousness makes ALL people right in God's sight and gives them life. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight." Yes, Jesus is that ONE we are ALL thankful for, thus ALL for ONE.

We can all be set free from the curse of sin thanks to the ONE sacrifice, Jesus Christ. He left His home in heaven to be born a man, to live a life as an example for everyone, and to die for ALL our sins. He carried the sins of the whole world with Him to the cross. His great love for us made Him willing to do this for everyone.

"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were sinners" (Romans 5:8).

We are not without hope. The answer to sin is found in accepting what Jesus did for us. We only need to ask Him to come into our hearts and to forgive us of our sinful nature. The penalty for sin is removed when we accept Christ as the payment for our sin.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

"For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved" (Romans 10:9-10).

If you have never committed the life-changing act of asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins, now is a good time. Romans 10:11 says, "anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed."

How cool is that? If you even for one moment thought that believing on the Lord Jesus Christ was a questionable thing to do, well forget it. The Word of God promises you will not be sorry.

So accept Jesus today. Allow Him to cast your sins into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered again. God doesn't look back on our sins when He forgives them. He gets rid of them.

"You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!" (Micah 7:19b NLT).

Adam may have caused it to be One for All, but through Jesus Christ, it's All for One! Thank you Jesus.

Copyright © 2009 Martha Noebel. Used by permission.

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