12 Because of this, in the same way that sin entered the world through one man and death entered as a consequence of that sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned– 13 because before the law was given, sin was already in the world, but there is no judgment upon sin when there is no law. 14 Yet death prevailed from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the next Adam) transgressed. 15 But the free gift is not like the transgression in one way. That is, since the many died through the transgression of the one man, how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! 16 And the gift is not like the one who sinned. Because judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift led to justification from even the many failures. 17 For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ!
the next Adam
Adam’s transgression brought condemnation to all those who were in him – that is, the whole human race. Christ’s obedience in dying on the cross did not change that. we still all die because of Adam’s sin. So, what did Christ’s death do? It changed the eternal outcome for all those who receive the gift of righteousness by faith. We who put our faith in the resurrected Christ will also be resurrected and will reign in life along with him.
The wages of sin is death, and that still applies to everyone in Adam. That still includes us. But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ. He is the next Adam, and because of his resurrection, we have hope of a new, eternal life in our future.
Thank you, LORD, for becoming the next Adam, giving us hope for a sinless eternity.