We’re friends with the God who's building a kingdom and declaring war on death itself—let's live like it.
Main Text: Romans 5:12-21
- We're in an 8 week series in Romans 5-8, dedicated to the implications Jesus' work ought to have in our lives, now that "the night is far gone and the day is at hand" as Romans 13:12 tells us.
- Verse 12: Paul starts a comparison between sin (and grace) that won't be completed until verse 18. First he needs to clarify that grace and sin aren't really the same at all.
- Verses 13-17: Sin and grace are nothing alike. One brings death and condemnation. The other brings life and righteousness.
- Verses 18-21: But sin and grace are alike in that they each came through the work of one person and will spread to all of humanity. Just like sin, death, and condemnation have spread to all of humanity, so will grace, righteousness, and life.
- All of this raises the question: if Jesus' kingdom of grace, righteousness, and life is at hand, how will we respond to it? We’re friends with the God who's building a kingdom and declaring war on death itself—so how will we live?