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The Power of a Single Act

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The Power of a Single Act
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Rom.5:19)
We’re all daily impacted by others actions. What others do affects us in a small or great way, for good or evil, directly or indirectly.
Two men who lived thousands of years apart each committed one single act that impacted forever all of humanity.
Paul in the above text is speaking of none other than the first man Adam and the last Adam; Jesus Christ. Each through a single act played a very vital role in shaping human history. Each man’s act was his reaction to God’s revealed will. The first man Adam disobeyed God, and by his disobedience brought sin and death into the world. Death came through sin, it came through man, and came to all man (Rom. 5:12). The consequences of his rebellion were alienation from God, suffering, pain, sorrow, destruction, and ultimately if man doesn’t repent eternal damnation in a place known as Hell.
This head of the human race represented us all. His act of sinful disobedience separated him from God, and also insured that we his descendants were born with a sinful nature, separated from God, destined to eternity in Hell.
There was nothing humanly speaking that could reverse this sinful act and the condemnation and destruction it brought.
But there was One Who came for the express purpose of showing God’s love for fallen man, and by his single act of obedience to His heavenly Father’s will counteracted forever the sinful act of the first Adam. His self-sacrifice and death on Calvary paid in full the debt sinful man owed a Holy God.
Now through faith in Christ and His finished work of redemption we are delivered from the power of sin, from the consequences of our first father’s act of disobedience. By trusting Christ as Lord and Savior we become children of God, receive His nature and Spirit, and have a home in Heaven. Adam’s act imparted sin and death to all, but Christ’s act imparts, today, righteousness and eternal life to all who receive Him.
We can choose to remain under the condemnation of Adam’s act of disobedience brought on us, or we can choose to accept Christ and rest in His finished work of Calvary. Adam’s act was one of selfishness, but Christ’ act was an act of sacrificial love on our behalf.
James H. Cagle

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