An astounding transformation in the concept of truth has occurred the last few decades in America. No longer are statements or ideas accepted simply on their soundness or logical consistency. In fact, logic often has no impact upon an idea’s popularity. Increasingly, an idea needs official government backing before it is deemed “true.” This change bodes extreme danger for the future of our democracy.
The migration of the theory of acceptable belief within society from publicly accessible debate into an increasingly exclusive domain of government ownership is not merely dangerous, but also logically perverse. It would make irrelevant the First Amendment, since if only government-blessed statements are defensible, the general public need not bother trying to add any others.
How exactly this change is occurring is a fascinating question. Without doubt, it’s happened while government has grown towards supreme authority while the church’s traditional role of defender of truth has withered away. Also, the demise of the liberal arts teaching model has played a prominent role. This metamorphosis was achieved not by accident but by systematic attack upon the West’s institutions. Further, wholesale prostitution of the journalistic profession made these facts easy to obscure. We are left with an echo-chamber repeating the worst of progressive ideas while a complicit media beds down like the Octomom in procreative mode with leftist politicos.
In Adam…Romans 5
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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:21:06 PM by pastorbillrandles
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….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: (Romans 5:10,12)
We have been looking at Paul’s teaching about assurance,in Romans 5 . Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we have been justified by faith, and brought into a new status of grace, which empowers us to rejoice even in trials, knowing that we have been completely reconciled to God, and abide as objects of the love of God.
Martyn Lloyd Jones, in his excellent study of Romans points out that in verse 10, the text reads “…We shall be saved by his life”, but that it could be better rendered “We shall be saved in His life.”.
The fact that we, the believers are considered to be “in His life”or “In Him”, is one of the greatest assurances we can possibly hold, as to our salvation.
But of Him are you In Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us Wisdom, Righteousness ,sanctification and redemption.(I Cor 1:30)
In God’s economy there is a sense in which there are only two men, Adam and Christ. All of humanity are considered to be either “in Adam” or “In Christ”. We were born “in Adam” , and upon new birth, by the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are Born Again,”In Christ”.
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.(I Corinthians 15:21-22)
There is also a sense in which there was only one sin, the sin in the garden, and everything else, all evil, self will, pride and rebellion, is the outflow of that one sin. Yes all of us have sinned individually, but all sins are an outflow of the one sin.
By that man sin made its entrance into the world, and consequently death. There was no death before the sin of Adam, but there is universal sin and death now. All of us were “in Adam” when he sinned, and all of us are and were effected by the sin of Adam.
Like it or not, all of us share in Adam’s sin, it has effected us, from birth, we are born in the Image of God, yet born estranged from God, and bear a sinful fallen nature.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.(Psalm 58:3)
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.(Psalm 51:5)
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him….And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:(Genesis 5:1-3)
Notice the teaching of Genesis? Adam was made in the Image of God, and bore a son Seth, who was born in the Image of Adam…This is called the doctrine of original sin.
Original sin is highly resented by many, but it is the explanation of what is wrong with us as people. we are fallen. Our problems go deeper than what we have done, it is who we are that alienates us from God. I am not a sinner because I sin, I sin because I was born a sinner.
Adam’s sin has been imputed to all of us, in the economy of God’s salvation, although he makes it clear that we all sin for ourselves,without Adam. However there is a solidarity of the Human race, whereby the One man’s sin has so effected us to literally constitute us as sinners before God. As in Adam all die…
This also explains why salvation cannot possibly be a matter of reform or self-improvement, it is who we are that condemns us, children of Adam, estranged and condemned as sinners with Adam, bearing the family (sinful) traits.
We need far more than forgiveness, we need a new birth, in fact we need a new Creation and a new Adam. That is the gospel of Romans chapter 5, that if the first Adam can representatively plunge us all into condemnation and death, there is a second Adam who has representatively reversed all of that! Hallelujah!