Paul wrote in Romans, chapter five, that because of the sin of Adam, all of us are subject to death, regardless of our choices. But the gift of Jesus Christ, which is not offered because of any works of righteousness that we have done but rather through the grace of God, is unto justification for those who chose to receive it through faith in Him. For because we had fallen by our own disobedience, we became subject to the justice of God. And there was nothing that we could ever do to be reclaimed from this fallen state save there was an infinite atonement made for our sins. Otherwise, we would have always been subjected to “him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” [Hebrews 2:14]
But “when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” [Romans 5:6]. And this God did in order to prove His love for us and to break our bands of death. “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. ” [Romans 5:7-11].
We are brought back into the presence of God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who paid the price for our sins and broke our bonds asunder. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” [1 Corinthians 15:21-22]. It is only through the Lord Jesus that the sting of death is swallowed up and overcome. For in Him we have the opportunity for salvation through the conditions of repentance. However, in order for us to receive the gift of salvation unto life eternal we must be redeemed from sin and death. If we do not follow the example of our Lord and Savior, then His grace will not be unto our salvation to eternal life, but instead to our condemnation.
It is important that we do not frustrate the grace of God, for it is only by the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son that we might receive atonement for our sins. And the only way to know Jesus Christ is if we keep His commandments. [1 John 2:3]. “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” [Hebrews 10:26]. Our redemption is only through the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” [1 John 2:6]. For if we do not subdue the sin that is within us after receiving the knowledge of the grace of God, “Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” [Romans 7:24]. Thus we must adhere to the fundamental principles of the doctrine of Christ and enter into His Kingdom that we might become freed from sin.
Scriptures to Consider
Romans 5:1-11 (KJV)
5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 (KJV)
15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV)
2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
1 John 4:8-10 (KJV)
4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 2:1-6 (KJV)
2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Colossians 1:12-14 (KJV)
1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
1 Peter 1:3-5 (KJV)
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Romans 6:1-15 (KJV)
1:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 1:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 1:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 1:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
1:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 1:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 1:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
1:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 1:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 1:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 1:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 1:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 1:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 1:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 1:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.