“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.” (Romans 5.12-14 ESV)
There is way too much to unpack in this Scripture for a simple daily devotion, but we will look at one aspect today. In these few verses we see that sin came through one man and affected the whole of humanity. Paul begins by saying that sin entered the world through one man, Adam, and death through that sin.
In Adam we find our condemnation, but also a “type” of Christ, “the One who was to come”. A “type” in the Bible foreshadows or points to a future person or event, commonly someone or something from the Old Testament pointing forward to the New Testament. Adam’s sin contaminated all of humanity. Jesus’ atonement (His death on the cross for our sins) brought salvation to humanity- for all who receive Him.
God was not surprised at Adam’s sin; He had an answer in place once it occurred. The answer demonstrated God’s commitment to His human Creation, as He gave Himself in human form to pay for the sin of Adam, the sin of the whole of humanity.
As we pray, let us be ever thankful to God for His preemptive love for us, in loving us first He planned for our rescue from our self-made demise.