The Principle of the Path.
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Your decisions, not intentions, lead to your destination. This is the principle of the path. This is explained all throughout the book of Proverbs. Today we will look at two people and the decisions they made and the choices they give to each one of us.
Adam’s choice to sin led to sin and death entering the world and led to all men being condemned to eternal torment, the just punishment for sin. Jesus’ choice to not sin and obediently die on the cross opened the door of pardon (justification) to all men. Adam’s disobedience caused many to be sinners. Jesus’ obedience leads to many being made righteous.
Adam and Jesus could choose to obey God even though they were tempted in every way just as people infected with sin are. People infected with sin cannot obey God without God’s help (Romans 8:7-8). The Holy Spirit is active in the world today opening the door for people to hear the gospel, repent, believe and be saved (John 15:26; 16:8; Ephesians 2:8-9). The Holy Spirit uses us (believers) to take God’s word to unbelieving people.
Ezekiel 36:27 instructs us that the Holy Spirit will move us to obey God. In John 15:27 Jesus commands us to bear witness concerning His death, resurrection and Lordship. The Holy Spirit moves us to testify about Jesus just as we are commanded to as believers.
The Law of God is powerless to save us unless we keep all of it perfectly. Paul tells us no one has and no one can perfectly keep the Law (Romans 3:23; 8:7-8). The Law, however is very useful to reveal sin and make people aware of the great amount of sin in their lives and the penalty it is given by a just God (Romans 6:23a; Galatians 3:10; Revelation 21:8).
James 2:10 instructs us that one sin is enough to break the entire law. All people, except Jesus (Hebrews 4:15), have sinned and need to have their sin revealed. The tool to reveal a person’s sin is the Law. Use the Ten Commandments to reveal sin in any person’s life.
Jesus’s act of righteousness paid the penalty for all sin. Grace (unmerited favor) is given to pardon any amount of sin. We receive by grace, the gift of righteousness, by repenting of our sin and believing the gospel. When we believe the gospel we receive the Holy Spirit and grace (God’s resources) to overcome sin.
We utilize the grace we have received to live an abundant life by faith in the Son of God, Jesus. We live by faith when we attempt to obey the Lord expecting Him to fulfill our attempt with His power.
As believers in Jesus we have the choice to sin or not to sin. If we choose to sin like Adam, we can lead many to condemnation. If choose to obey like Jesus, we will lead many to justification (pardon for sins) and life.
What are you choosing to do in your family, in your neighborhood, and place of work?
Your choice to obey or disobey Jesus may mean life or death for the people around you in your family, neighborhood and work. Choose to obey.
Use the Law to help people see their sin. Have you ever lied? Have you ever dishonored your parents? All people have lied and dishonored their parents at some time. Sin is revealed as people answer questions about keeping the Law. Ask the questions and reveal sin. When the sin problem is revealed, a person is open to hear the gospel, the solution to sin, the path to eternal life. (The gospel: Mark 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9)
Choose to say 'yes' to Jesus. Remember the decisions you make, not the intentions you have, lead to your destination. Decide to follow Jesus today.
Go, tell someone the good news.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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