Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. through righteousness--not ours certainly ("the obedience of Christians," to use the wretched language of GROTIUS) nor yet exactly "justification" [STUART, HODGE]; but rather, "the (justifying) righteousness of Christ" [BEZA, ALFORD, and in substance, OLSHAUSEN, MEYER]; the same which in Romans 5:19 is called His "obedience," meaning His whole mediatorial work in the flesh. [16] John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1968), p. 160. Having such a pledge of salvation in the love of God through Christ, the apostle declared that believers not only rejoiced in the hope of heaven, and even in their tribulations for Christ's sake, but they gloried in God also, as their unchangeable Friend and all-sufficient Portion, through Christ only. 96. 52. The "propitiation" is the meeting-place; there the controversy on both sides terminates in an honorable and eternal "peace. John 14:17; : The Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot Receive. (4) Contrasted with the reign of death through the one (Adam), "much more" shall Christians receive abundance of grace through God's righteous act in the one (Christ). While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God, ( Zechariah 11:8 ) . The apostle goes on with the dissimilitude between the effects of Adam's sin, and Christ's righteousness: for the judgment was by one to condemnation; by "judgment" is meant, not the judgment of God, or the judiciary sentence pronounced by God on Adam and his posterity for sin; but the guilt of the one man's sin, which is imputed to all men to condemnation, on account of which the sentence of condemnation passed on all men; the law transgressed, became a ministration of condemnation to them: but the free gift is of many offences unto justification; the righteousness of Christ, which stands opposed to the guilt of Adam's sin, being imputed to all his offspring, is to the justification of them; and that not only from the guilt of that particular offence, but from many other offences, even all their actual sins and transgressions, of every sort; which is another instance of the exuberance, or abounding of the grace of God, in the righteousness of Christ, not only over the sin of the one man, but also over the sins of many, even all the elect of God; for the last clause may be also thus rendered, "the free gift is of the offences of many, unto justification". Through him, as its spring and fountain, sin became diffused through the world, so that every man comes into the world with sinful propensities: for by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men. Earlier references to "boasting and glorying" in Romans (Romans 2:7; 3:27; 4:2) describe it as an undesirable action, even reprehensible; but in this place Paul was speaking of another kind of boasting, not merely permissible but commendable, and even commanded, as in Hebrews 3:6. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. The subjects of his government were not only adult persons, who had been guilty of many actual transgressions, but he reigned. . li. Men may dispute against the doctrine of original sin; but such facts as the above will be a standing irrefragable argument against every thing that can be advanced against the doctrine itself. Whatever one may have above another, every man is a sinner against God, stands condemned by the law, and needs pardon. The implication of Paul's words here are profound. The sentence of justification was conceived in the mind of God from eternity, when his elect were ordained unto eternal life, on the foot of his Son's righteousness; this passed on Christ at his resurrection from the dead, and on all his people as considered in him, when they, in consequence of it, were quickened together with him; and this passes upon the conscience of a sinner at believing, when he may, as he should, reckon himself alive unto God, and is what gives him a right and title to everlasting life and glory. Paul's stress of the required Christian response to tribulation is further proof that faith, in order to save, must be active and obedient. As like produces its like, if Adam became mortal and sinful, he could not communicate properties which he did not possess; and he must transmit those which constituted his natural and moral likeness: therefore all his posterity must resemble himself. Therefore, as by the offense of one, etc. 4. say, "do not read Adam, but Edom; for when God removes the decree (or punishment) from a particular man, he provides for the attribute of justice in the room of the man that sinned, איש אחר בא מאדום, "another man that comes from Edom";'. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath of God through him. 4. by whom we have now received the atonement; atonement is not made, but received by us; which denotes the application of the atoning blood and sacrifice of Christ to the conscience, the Spirit's witness of interest in it, and the office of faith, as a recipient of it: it is not faith, nor anything else of the creature's, that makes the atonement, only Christ; but faith receives it from him, and by him; which, as it is the ground of present joying in God, so it is the foundation of hope of future glory: the word "now" refers to the Gospel dispensation. Wherein we stand - Having firm footing, and a just title through the blood of the Lamb to the full salvation of God. They do not clarify at all, but merely confuse. 2. Death and suffering did not exist until after Adam sinned. The reign of condemnation deriving from Adam was through death; the reign of righteousness deriving from Christ was through life. 18. The savage tides which swell and flow in the hearts of millions of unregenerated people will never yield to the magic of some political solution, nor disappear through any readjustment of earth's material wealth. ( Romans 5:1 Romans 5:2 ). Adam's one sin contrasts with Christ's entire life of perfect holiness. And it will not be amiss to consider that, as our salvation implies the renovation of our nature, and our being restored to the image of God, so. 20, 21. Hence before Adam sinned, no animal died and it would be impossible for any fossils to form. 27. In all these passages it is evident that receiving and not receiving imply improving or not improving. (See under Romans 5:15). He said. Regarding the theoretical peccability of Christ, see my Commentary on Hebrews, p. 99. hath reigned unto death--rather, "in death," triumphing and (as it were) revelling in that complete destruction of its victims. (Read all of Romans 5) Complete Concise The apostle, having made good his point, and fully proved justification by faith, in this chapter proceeds in the explication, illustration, and application of that truth. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die. These are they who accommodate each other, who borrow and lend. And by recurring to the idea of Romans 5:16 , as to the "many offenses" whose complete pardon shows "the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness," the whole statement is to this effect: "If one man's one offense let loose against us the tyrant power of Death, to hold us as its victims in helpless bondage, 'much more,' when we stand forth enriched with God's 'abounding grace' and in the beauty of a complete absolution from countless offenses, shall we expatiate in a life divinely owned and legally secured, 'reigning' in exultant freedom and unchallenged might, through that other matchless 'One,' Jesus Christ!"

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