For as by the one man’s (Adam) disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s (Christ) obedience, the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 5:19-21
The basics of the gospel are found simply is the grace of Gods revealed in Christ, yet it is all too easy to lose sight of it? Why? I find myself asking that question on any number of topics these days, but why is it that some lose sight of the gospel?
During our hike on Independence Day, our guide made mention of several “spiritual” insights involving the naming of some of the landmarks within the Grand Canyon after the gods of world religions.
Near the end of the day, we sat down for lunch and talked for a long time. We learned about some of the events in his life and his work in the local church a few years ago. He even attended seminary for awhile, but sling the way he was distracted by the failures of leaders within the church.
Adam disobeyed God’s direct command. Today, people do the same and disappoint us. Pastors fail. We’ve all seen it, right? It can be devastating, but within our conversation, we tried to help our guide refocus on the truth expressed in the verses above, “leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
He’s a man who thinks and I hope he will consider the truth of the Gospel as he contemplates his life.