Are You IN ADAM Or IN CHRIST?
In Romans 5:12-21, Paul explains the significant differences of being either “in Adam” or “in Christ.” These differences can also be applied as the differences between living “under law” and living “under grace.”
“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more THE GRACE OF GOD, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness SHALL REIGN IN LIFE BY ONE, JESUS CHRIST.) Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. BUT where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” What a magnificent salvation our Lord has given us!
Even in I Corinthians 15:21-22, Paul shows the specific difference between being “in Adam” and being “in Christ.” “For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Jesus) also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive.”
Jesus, The Foundation Of Our Salvation
IN ADAM IN CHRIST
Sin enters the world. The grace of God enters the world.
Through sin, death entered the world. Through grace, life entered the world.
All are dead. All are alive.
Condemnation by sin. Justification by faith.
Sinner by birth. Child of God through regeneration
(new birth) of the Holy Spirit.
When law enters, sin increases. Where sin increases, grace increases
all the more.
Controlled by sin. Controlled by the life & love of God.
Unrighteous. Made righteous.
Unsanctified. People-pleaser. Sanctified.
Unredeemed. In bondage. Redeemed.
Imperfect. Perfect forever.
Incomplete. Complete in Christ.
Alive to sin. Dead to sin.
Spiritually dead. Spiritually alive.
Sinner (by birth) in need of forgiveness. Forgiven sinner.
Corrupt and evil sin nature (flesh). New creatures in Christ, a new nature.
Fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Led by the Spirit.
God’s enemy. God’s child.