kjv@Romans: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.
kjv@Romans:5:6@ For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
kjv@Romans:5:7@ For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
kjv@Romans:5:8@ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
kjv@Romans:5:9@ Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
kjv@Romans: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.
kjv@Romans: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.
kjv@Romans:5:12@ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
kjv@Romans:5:13@ (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
kjv@Romans:5:14@ 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.
kjv@Romans:5:15@ 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.
kjv@Romans:5:16@ 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.
kjv@Romans:5:17@ 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.)
kjv@Romans:5:18@ 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.
kjv@Romans:5:19@ For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
kjv@Romans:5:20@ Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
kjv@Romans:5:21@ That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Law spoken of here is clearly the Mosaic Law. Without/before the Law sin was not imputed and yet all people died showing proof of a Adamic curse. One does not have to sin in the same form as Adam (freely choosing to eat from the tree of knowledge of good/evil) because his descendants are cut off from the tree of life. This condition causes all the descendants to unavoidably sin, the option of choice in this instance is totally removed. Our options now are in how we will sin. Now that the Law is imputed we fully know that our condition is one of sin as well as our available options. Though we seek to do godly right we can not do so knowing only what is right in our own eyes. In this sense Jesus has become the light in our darkness.
Matters of the Law today as in their day have stirred divisions and confusion in the Church. The Law is of course good when understood in it's rightful/lawful context. The Law brings us to the knowledge of Christ. It is a hired nanny who brings us by the hand from distances where we were to the very doorsteps of the master. It is not the master, the Lord is the master and His grace is the primary curriculum. Paul himself testifies to this fact. The Law is a yoke, a bond, a sentence, the sting of death. We would not have know sin except for the Law. It shows us how we are, how futile our situation is against our sin, the need for the Christ and His complete redemption. (see kjv@Romans:5-6)
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